Money-Saving Moving Marysville Mom

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Resisting the Urge to Buy August 13, 2010

Filed under: Shopping Philosophy,Stewardship — swingingsarr @ 4:36 pm

Provided by the state director of AARP in the Everett Herald, 4/22/10:

Resisting the urge to buy

-Make a list.

-Pay cash.

-Leave the kids at home.

-Clear your mind.

-Make quick trips.  The longer you stay in a store, the more likely you are to spend more.

So some of these ideas aren’t realistic.  I can’t always leave my kids home when shopping, but I do exercise the right to say “no”.

Also I had a conversation earlier this week about paying cash.  It’s great to pay cash, but make sure you don’t carry too much cash with you.  I call it “painting yourself into a corner”.  Carry a small amount of cash with you.  The more cash you have, the more likely you are to spend.  Also, only keep a certain amount of money in your debit account.  We keep $150 for every 2 1/2weeks.  That’s for gas and other incidentals.  We only fill up gas every 2 1/2-3 weeks (short commutes).  This works for us.  You need to find what works for you.

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