Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Resisting the buying urge while running errands

Yesterday I left the house to do three things: ship a book I had sold, buy mouthwash and pick up a prescription. I succeeded in only spending money on those three things but not without giving myself a couple of lectures!

First stop was the post office. Right next door to my favorite coffee shop where had I stopped for a while the day before! Love their coffee and pastries. Perhaps just grab a non-fat latte? Nonononono!

Then to the drugstore. Look, kleenex is on sale! We have 3 extra boxes at home and I am committed to not stockpiling so - nonononono! But the laundry detergent I use is on sale! Oh yeah, I have 2 1/2 containers of it sitting at home and it takes us about 3 months to go through one. No again.

I made it home with nothing extra but it would have been so easy to mindlessly add more food and spending on stockpiling to my morning.

Tough stuff this self-control LOL!

10 comments:

  1. I almost did the same. In Kmart, thick cotton towels, four dollars, duvet covers only ten bucks in cotton. But we don't need either, I left them, a little sadly.

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  2. I was sad about not getting the coffee LOL! Good for you.

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  3. This is a reminder for us every day. Thanks.

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    1. It does come up often doesn't it. Marketing and advertising are based on well researched behavioral science and we all have habits to break as we resist them.

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  4. All I can say is: I'm impressed! I would have succumbed to every one of those temptations . . . and I have plenty of extra boxes of stuff in the basement to prove it!

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    1. That is what I am trying to avoid - the house full of stuff! Avoiding the coffee shop is more about trying to be healthier.

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  5. Isn't that the truth Juhli! And where paying with cash pays off . . . I really think hard about an impulse buy when I know I'll have to use cash. (Vs a cc or debit card, which is relatively painless)

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  6. Well done! Deals on things we "need" is one of the hardest things to resist!

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  7. A skim latte is 100 or calories. You saved your wallet and your figure.

    I quit buying coffee at work and take a thermos. I can buy expensive coffee, drink it at home and at work and still come out ahead.

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    1. I also buy expensive coffee and make it at home - great isn't it? I think I need more structure in my life that gets me out of the house so I don't go to the coffee shop to do that.

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