I’ve never been a huge shopper(except for clearance shopping!), but back when I just had one or two kids and gas was really cheap, I used to spend more time at stores. Although prices are lower now, paying $4 a gallon for gas really made me rethink all of my excursions, and as a result, I’m now far less likely to go shopping unless it’s really absolutely necessary. Even when gas is cheap, wear and tear on my van is still something to consider…every mile that I drive takes me one mile closer to the point where I’ll have to get a new vehicle(not new-new, of course…just new to me!).
Another thing that makes me less likely to shop is my children. Since I homeschool and since none of them are old enough to stay home by themselves, I pretty much have to take them with me every time I go anywhere. Having to haul four kids to the mall or to Target or Walmart greatly decreases my desire to go browsing around, and so I really only go when it’s necessary.
I’ve decided that this is not all bad, though, because it’s a lot harder to spend money if you’re not at a store. You know how it goes when you head to Target…even if you’re just going to pick up some diapers, you inevitably find some other thing(or two, or three!) that you just can’t live without, and you end up spending more than you planned.
So, that’s my very un-womanly tip for today…don’t go shopping unless you have to!
Incidentally, this not shopping thing also seems to save me a fair amount of time, which means that I have more time for other money-saving activities. More on that next week, as I hope to finally get some posts up about efficiency, planning, and saving time(since so many of you have asked for posts on those topics). I seem to, um, not have had time to write anything about that yet. Apparently, I’m too busy being efficient. Or something.
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