Here are a couple of other tips that I thought of to help curb the impulse to shop/buy:
- Throw away catalogs the second you take them out of the mailbox. If you're like me, you receive catalogs for this and that (clothing, shoes, hobbies [hunting/fishing], learning toys, party supplies, home goods...the list is quite endless)...and again, if you're like me, you may or may not have signed up to receive these catalogs. I take these catalogs and recycle them immediately. I don't flip or browse...I toss. Done.
- Instead of rushing out to purchase a grocery item (or something you THINK you need), try to think of an alternate replacement. You're making stir fry for dinner and don't have broccoli...but you have zucchini and carrots. Improvise. I've done this on many occasions...did it turn out delicious? Not always. Is it edible? Yep. Push on.
- Make a list of items you run out of. If you can live without it until the end of the month, great! Even better if you can live without it all together.
- Organize what you already have! Pantry, closets, movies...you'll be surprised what you find in there and will come up with new ideas with what you've got OR you'll be inspired to purge. We did our closets this weekend and rid ourselves of 3 garbage bags full of clothing. It will be donated to a great cause this week!
I've received a LOT of questions about the reusable pouches I posted about last week. So, in addition to those awesome tips, I thought I'd give it my review:
Not very riveting, but hopefully a little helpful!!! NSS is off with a bang, but not without the urge to shop...especially since I've started my Christmas shopping. Yes, you read that right. This woman is going to get her shopping done by Halloween...at least that's my goal!!!
Happy Saving!!! Until next time...
Side Note: I have a sick little so I'm not editing...who am I kidding, I never edit.
Side Note II: I'm going to decorate for fall today...80 degrees outside screams fall, right?