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Trying to stay on track

December 11th, 2006 at 04:30 pm

I remember when I first made the decision to be more frugal. I challenged myself everyday to seek out new ways to save money. I reduced the grocery bill, miscellaneous expenses, lowered the cable bill, the electricity bill, the list goes on.
The hardest part for me was to stop shopping for the sake of shopping. I love to shop. I love to buy clothes and jewelry and shoes, etc. And for the past few months I have done well...very well.
Enter Christmas shopping. I have been forced to shop and look around in stores that I love. I have seen what I have been missing and it is HARD!!!!
For the most part I have been good. I have bought 2 shirts for myself (for a good price) and today I walmart while waiting in line I saw some new Aquafina lip hydration oil that I threw into the cart without even thinking about it.
I know these are not huge expenditures, but it got me thinking about how easy it can be to slip back into old habits.
I love the holidays, but now I can't wait for them to be over so I can stay away from the stores. I need to get back into the Frugal State of Mind!!!

5 Responses to “Trying to stay on track”

  1. janH Says:

    I have the same problem. I love stuff. Also, I am bipolar and shopping affects how I feel. I absolutely have to stay out of stores or have a strict list/budget. Christmas can be really hard. To date, I have bought myself a pair of earrings when I bought DIL's and a rice cooker while I was shopping for my mom. That's better so far than any other year! At least we are now buying things that are great prices! Keep the faith--we'll get through it.

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    Just a thought, but you could do your Christmas shopping online, only going to the stores you want to buy at and only looking at what you need/want to buy. Maybe you would be less tempted.

  3. boomeyers Says:

    I agree with both ladies! Have a list and shop online as much as you can! Even paying shipping sometimes is cheaper than going into the stores!

  4. PRICEPLUS Says:

    I have found that wanting is always so much nicer than having. I don't know why that is but it is generally true! Go shopping with someone who'll pull you away from temptation!Smile

  5. kealina Says:

    i agree with priceplus... it's good to have a shopping buddy who will help you resist temptation.... DH and i reinforce each other that way and it really does help...also, it helps me to keep in mind how much stuff i already have at home (no, sometimes i don't need another shirt) and also the goals i am working toward...

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