06 January 2011

I Need a Shopping Chaperone

One of my New Year's Resolutions (yes, I'm making some this year, more on that later) is to cut back on frivolous spending. In 2010, I picked up a little habit known as impulse buying. I hate shopping. And I hate buying things for myself. But last year, a bunch of things jumped in my cart - for other people, in my weak defense - that I never planned on buying.

I started this year with a goal in mind - stick to the list. If it's not on the list, it can be added to future lists, but I couldn't buy something on a whim. I thought that if I wanted something enough that I remembered it long enough to add to a list, I really wanted it.

Yesterday was my first test. I went to Meijer to print out a photo and pick up milk, a dry erase board, cups and fish food. They didn't have the dry erase board or cups I wanted, but I came home with a lot more than milk and fish food: clearanced Play-Doh that actually was on a different list so not a big deal, a birthday present for Billy (which I hope I'll remember come June), a placemat for BB, Valentine's Day cards for BB, spaghetti (cause it was on sale) and fruit snacks (cause they were on sale).

Overall I didn't do too bad. I definitely put down some things I probably would have bought last year. But I was still disappointed in myself. Sticking to the list doesn't sound like a hard thing to do, but it wasn't as easy as I thought it'd be.


Sassytimes said...

I struggle with this too, but over the past several months, I've gotten much better. I used to walk out of Target with $100 worth of stuff that wasn't on my list. Last week, I spent $20 something and only got what I went for. It gets easier...I kind of feel like I'm competing against myself.

Good luck!!!

Gerry said...

I have put myself on an "austerity"
budget. Trying to buy what I only need for awhile. You're right it is not easy.

Gerry said...

By the way I fell off Saturday when I went to the cheese store and bought 5lbs of cheese curds which I definitely did not "need" but I will use them as a healthy snack and to put in salads.