Tips and Tricks

3 Tips for Making a Master List (and Why You Need One)

Dream big darling–you can do hard things. Hard things like be an adult, save money, and make a master list. Believe me, I’d rather spend my paycheck on all of the clothes and home decor instead of saving for emergencies and a new car (even though that WILL be pretty awesome, eventually).

If you don’t have a master list of all of the things you want/need, stop what you’re doing, grab a piece of paper (or a cute notebookP.S. this is an affiliate link which means I’ll make a small commission if you click it), and make one. I’m so serious right now. It’s great to dream big and even better to keep track of those dreams.

Homeowner's List

When we got married (almost a year ago!), we sat down and made a list of things we wanted for the house and for life in general. As you can see above, our list ranges from house improvements, to cars, to general decorations. Here are a few tips for making your list:

Tip #1

Anything goes, but be specific. After all goals are actionable, attainable, and timely. “Home improvements” and “travel” tend to be too vague. Saving for an actual item or trip is way more satisfying. You’ll have the build up to look forward to crossing that item off the list!

Tip #2

If you’re making this list with your significant other, make sure to include equal parts your wants and theirs. No one likes a one-sided list.

Tip #3

Be patient. It takes time to cross things off the list. If you’re like us, a lot of dreams/goals are “big ticket” items that require months of being disciplined and saving money. In fact, our list grows faster than we can cross things off. But, that’s ok! It’s still so satisfying that you’re making progress.

Goal Making for Couples

Do you have a master list?

  • This is such a good idea! I totally need to do for this myself soon.

  • Melody Butler

    My husband and I are slowly learning how to make a master list we share, it’s mainly car parts for him and home décor for me. We’re slowly clearing that list.

  • Liz

    Omg I actually started a small one but I need to sit down with Sam and go through it. Adulting is hard!!

  • I don’t think I’ve ever taken the time to write it down, but we always have a running mental list of “things we would like to buy eventually”. We’re slowly replacing our crappy first apartment furniture with real adult stuff and that’s expensive!