Originally Posted by Crunchy*VT*Mom
If I were good at it, I wouldn't need this thread!
at avoiding things when I'm in the store. I'm trying to learn to be better.
For me, staying OUT of the stores is crucial.
If I'm not there, I don't see the item and I don't want it.
I'm also working really hard (this month) on writing up a list...I have a list on my fridge right now of "things" that I need to buy (batteries, hangers for the girls closet, scouring pads...that sort of thing). I'm trying to only go to a store ONCE this month...with blinders on...just buying things on that list.
I figure if I still need those same things in two weeks when I go on my monthly store trip...then they really are needs. But if in the meantime we find out we can do without those things, then maybe I'll take them off the list.
Going into the store with a list and blinders on -- don't even LOOK at the bargains -- should help you.
These are great suggestions. I do think making a list and sticking to it would be helpful. I do better when I have a list and try to focus on the list. My DH will go to the store w/ the grocery list and come home w/ just what's on the list. I tend to buy too much of extra stuff I see.
To be honest, sometimes it frustrates me b/c when dh shops he doesn't pick up other stuff we could use, just the list stuff, and usually that's not enough. I go the opposite extreme. I think I have some anxiety all the time about not having enough or not having what we need. It's irrational b/c we have MORE than what we need. But there it is. I get mad at dh when he's been doing the shopping and we run out of stuff. I never run out of stuff or let us run out. But I also do stupid, stupid, wasteful stuff too.
Maybe I need to keep a more complete list? I used to have a list on the fridge we would add to when we thought of stuff. Maybe that list needs to go back up. And a little inventory of the pantry and fridge before leaving for the store would be good.
Dang, it is hard to keep the blinders on though. SO hard!
And staying out of stores, that's a challenge too. I often go to the store when I'm bored. Or the mall. At least it's someplace other than home and the kids can go with. But you're right that if you don't go to the store you don't see the "bargains" and you never miss them.
So far today I'm good. It's only 2:00 though. I did win one Ebay auction from yesterday. For $2 plus $3 shipping. Add another $5 to my unnecessary spending.