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.