Does Your Spending Match Your Values?

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There are a number of ways you can learn about people by watching what you do. Indeed, it is possible to learn a little bit about yourself by taking a step back and examining your own habits. As you consider what sort of person you are, and the kinds of things you value, it can help to look at your spending as well. You may not realize it, but your spending reflects what you truly value.

Put Your Money Where Your Values Are

Try this exercise: List out the things that you value. Put them in order of importance. Next, look at your spending. This works great if you use some sort of personal finance application, since you can easily generate a report that tells where your money went last month. Get it in graph form for an increased visual punch. Now, look at your spending, and compare that to your list of what’s important. Is there a disconnect?

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Smart Baby Stuff Purchases

We are getting very close to the arrival of lil’ SPF and I am happy to say that we are just about ready for him, baby stuff wise anyways. We can’t say for sure whether we are physically and mentally prepared to become parents but we figure we’ll manage!  So in the meantime we can feel good about having all the baby stuff at the ready.

Now what is all this stuff? Well it is the fruit of many, many hours of research, e-mailing back and forth with friends, phone calls with family members and lots of searching online shopping sites. We really only wanted to buy the key, essential items and not break the bank while doing so.

Writing about only the essential items makes me smile today after having watched the documentary ‘Babies’ which follows 4 babies from across the globe from birth to a year old or so. Needless to say their parents idea of essential items is drastically different than what we see in North America and all the babies are growing and developing fine. So our list might seem small to some and very long to others. I’ll follow up this post in a couple of months to let you know how our “essentials” list is doing.

So what baby stuff did we think was essential for lil’ SPF?

Crib

We did consider getting a second hand crib but most every one I saw posted on Kijiji was a drop-side, which they no longer make in Canada because of all the issues they have had with baby injuries and even death. So onto new cribs it was. I really did not want to spend a fortune on this item, especially considering we have not even bought a proper bed frame for ourselves yet!

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