Because things are tight financially right now, we are on a spending freeze. We are only spending money on necessities. We put this to the test last weekend when we returned something to Walmart. Even though we walked through the store, we walked out without buying a single thing.
It felt so weird to do that. We should have a cart full of stuff we are pushing out the door. I felt like an oddball walking out of the store without a bag in my hand. At the same time, though, I felt pretty darn good.
For example, I didn’t decide to buy some clothes for next season on clearance. Normally, that would be a great thing to do. But not right now. We don’t have money so we don’t need to be spending money. That was a big problem that I had in the past. I’d often buy things on sale and make frugal purchases – but I put it on credit! I wonder if there is a word out there to describe that behavior. In my mind I was being a great shopper.
Probably tomorrow I will dig into our Quicken file again since some income has come in. I will have a better idea of where we stand and hopefully we can replenish our savings account some. I do think this spending freeze is helping.
We should do them more often 🙂