I find inaction frustrating. I am a do-er, not a sit stiller. NOT eating food to lose weight or NOT spending money to build up my savings account just annoys me to no end, but lately the budget has gone off the rails around here. Drawers are bursting with clothes and I have a terrible case of the gimmes, when in reality there’s lots of things we need to save money for, and another small pink cardigan isn’t one of those things. And somehow every weekend and every outing has become about buying things, and errands to go get things, and I just really need to spend less time in Target. I am going down some weird shopping addiction route and I’d like to nip that in the bud right now. And let’s be honest – $12 spent on clothes on clearance that we don’t need is still $12 I could have put towards something we do need. (Man, do I have a hard time resisting a good deal. The 75% stickers at Target CALL TO ME.)
So I am going on a buying things moratorium. Until the end of April, I’m not buying anything but groceries and diapers and stuff like that. Even extras like coffee have to come from the grocery store, not the fancy coffee store.
I am definitely going to have to post some of the things I’m not buying, just to make myself feel better about all of the great deals I’m missing out on. Maybe I can con someone else into buying a five pound bag of gummi bears on sale.
Oh, and there are four exceptions. (Of course). I am allowed to buy:
1. a birthday present for my brother
2. a circle cutter for my waxed paper chandelier project
3. a radio for my kitchen because being in my kitchen without NPR makes me sad
4. stuff for the garden, because it’s going in April 1st and we’re going to need to buy some things for that.
When my experiment is over if I have been successful, I get to buy:
silverware, new sheets, and an overpriced double stroller.
Wish me luck! I am going to keep a list of stuff that I really really wish I was buying. Maybe in a month or two that stuff will seem less important, and if not, then hopefully I will have saved up the money to buy it.
Might be time to sell your stock in amazon.com.
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