A while ago when were hit with a pretty good snowstorm and I mentioned that when they happen we save money. I received the following comment from Elizabeth:
“Iâ€™m interested that bad weather keeps you from spending money. I live in NYC, and I think people order in more when the weather is bad. In my case, I could stay home tonight and rustle up something from my kitchen cabinets, or I could order in (that always comes to $20 with tip) or I could literally go across the street to the grocery store thatâ€™s open from 7:00 a.m. to 11PM. Not to mention there are 24 hour Korean markets just three blocks away, and Iâ€™m also sleepy. For some reason, a Starbucks or a Dunkin Donuts coffee at this moment is more tempting than coffee I make myself.
Food is *always* where I spend more than I plan, and this city is all about making it easy for you to spend. Iâ€™m going to make coffee and see if being more awake keeps me from ordering in.”
If I lived in NYC the bad weather probably wouldn’t help us save money. There are many conveniences there that I do not have where I live. I’ve never even been in a Starbucks or a Dunkin Donuts and the closest Starbucks is over two hours away. I guess you could say that I have fewer temptations where I live 🙂
It’s very true that we could order in for food, but in our case the only places that deliver are the pizza places. One of them doesn’t have very good pizza and the other one has good pizza but it does a doozy on your stomach so we do not eat it often.
I often think that location plays a big part in spending money. When we lived in a bigger city for a brief period of time, I went to quite a few stores and spent a lot of money easily. Now that we have less of a selection of stores, we don’t spend as much. And when the weather is icky outside, it’s not as easy to go shopping on a whim when you have two feet of snow to shovel out of the driveway 😛