This is the year I stop saying someday

.For as long as I can remember, I’ve been planning to travel after getting my B.A. I’m graduating this year and I’ve realized that I’m going to have to make some serious adjustments if I want to be able to do that. I’m not dead-set on backpacking - in fact, I’d be just as happy finding a job, internship, or Master’s program somewhere abroad. Regardless, it’ll be expensive. So, starting now, I’m making some changes in the hopes of affording travel. Some early goals:

- Unsubscribe from store newsletters, to resist temptation
- Cutting down to only one credit card
- Leaving said credit card at home and using it only for necessary purchases (i.e. bills that can’t be charged directly to my bank account)
- Brown bag it and make my own coffee. That’s right, this is the year I won’t be re-qualifying for a Starbucks Gold Card
- Reduce spending on drinking, groceries
- Institute the 24 hour rule
- No more buying things just because they’re “too good a deal to pass up”
- List ALL purchases

That’s my starting point, let’s see how I do!

There’s a reason that every book, even one that isn’t very serious, is shaped like a suitcase.

Sergei Dovlatov, The Suitcase