Is your desk overflowing with pens and markers you never use? Do you have a collection of “impulse planners” that gather dust? This year, let’s declutter our lives and wallets together!

We will combine planning and creativity to turn our to-do list into a DONE list. Today, we look at some 2024 goals, including a low buy year.

Imagine a year where you focus on experiences, growth, and saving money. 

For 2024, a real low buy is one of my biggest goals. It’s not about the money but how much stuff I already have. I don’t need anything. I just want it. And my ADHD impulse spending kicks in.

Ohhhh shiney!

It’s a real challenge that I work on every day. And I’ve seen people say stuff like “just do it” and “you have to have a system” or “you have to work on it every day.” I hate when people say that stuff because I do work on it. I do have systems, but I can’t always control the ADHD impulses. 

That is my long, rambly way of saying that I will attempt another Low Buy year. I started really strong in 2023, but it lasted only a few months. And attempts to hop back on the wagon always fell short.

I started by reviewing last year’s video, linked here-ish, and I think I had too many guidelines. It became hard to follow. I also tried to track it separately from the rest of my budget stuff. This year it will all be tracked in a budget planner. 

I’m going to streamline everything for 2024. KISS. 

Keep it simple, stupid, so that’s what I’m doing.  

My guidelines are gonna be pretty basic. I will set a monthly budget and TRY to stick to it. I will review and adjust at the end of each month if needed. I will shop my stash before I buy anything. If I have something similar, skip the purchase. I also want to write down items I want and why and really think for a couple of days before purchasing.

Of course, there are exceptions to the rules. 

I have some subscriptions that I plan to keep, including Ali Edwards, Sweet Bean Plans, and Archer and Olive. I also will grab all the KrissyAnne Designs Celebrations add-ons. 

One of my big goals is NO BOOKS. I have a stack of books and about a billion Kindle books. I don’t need any books. It will go on my Amazon wishlist if I can’t get it from the library. I won’t buy any of those until I get through my book stack. 

Speaking of Amazon, I need to limit my Amazon impulse purchases. It’s too easy. I do get a few things from Amazon, so I’m not going to give up Amazon completely, but I will limit those impulse buys. 

Besides the low buy, I do have some other goals for 2024. 

Although I’m not using a MakseLife planner this year, I still loosely follow the system. I like some of their categories, but I like to combine Fun and Relationships into Personal as they have a lot of overlap for me. Learning and growth go together. And that leaves Work, Health, Finance, and Home. So I ended up with six areas. I thought about what I wanted in each area and came up with the following.


  1. Read 52 books 
  2. Project Life 
  3. Weekly Art Project
  4. Play video games
  5. Watch TV shows, documentaries, and movies 
  6. At least once a month events/activities 
  7. Weekly + Monthly Resets


  1. Watch videos weekly for self-improvement/continued learning
  2. Nightly journaling
  3. Monthly Charity donation


  1. Consistency in posting content
  2. New Images for Fine Art America
  3. Write book


  1. Again, consistency with running and lifting
  2. Eat to fuel
  3. Meal Prep


  1. Pay off the final credit card
  2. Stick to budget
  3. Continue building an emergency fund
  4. Max out Roths


  1. Home Improvements – exterior paint, AC replacement
  2. Follow Clean Mama Planner
  3. Plan gym space and office makeover

This feels like… a lot. It will be about finding the balance and using my time wisely. I sometimes spend more time than necessary mindlessly scrolling*. Instead of doing that, I could read or work on project life. We usually watch TV in the evenings, and instead of scrolling, I can work on art projects or writing.

*I figured out why I mindlessly scroll in the evenings. I have a needy pibble that insists on sitting in my lap. It is easy to scroll. I need to make other things easy to do with a lap full of pibble.

What are your 2024 goals? I’d love to hear what you want to accomplish and support you.

Watch the video version here:

Categories: Planning


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.