Last week I was evaluating my husband’s and my household budget. I realized my once frugal and strict spending habits had gone a little overboard ever since our vacation. So, I knew I needed to make a change. I told myself no more fun shopping trips to TJ MAX, Old Navy or the mall for two weeks! I noticed I was becoming accustomed to going out to browse the aisles whenever I had a free moment and would most likely spend a little bit of money with every trip.
The last two weekends, I had some free time and thought about going out to shop around. I quickly reminded myself that, 1. I don’t need anything and 2. I made a commitment. So, what did I do instead? I cleaned the house and organized closets. Clutter is one of the most distracting things that can encourage you to leave the house more. If you have an orderly home, it’s a lot easier to spend more time there. This weekend I picked up my guitar for the first time in a year. I practiced! I did something that was entertaining, productive, time consuming and free!
Shopping is like a sport to me. I love to go shopping to hunt for a deal. I don’t enjoy spending money and my purchases are usually under $20. However, I know that even less than $20 purchases can add up fast, and I don’t want to waste any more time, money or space in my apartment.
I kept my commitment! Now I have decided to extend my commitment to the end of September! With the exception of a $40 shopping budget for our road trip next week and some birthday and baby shower presents! Do you have any goals? How are you keeping yourself in check?
Keeping it Fresh, Young & Free,