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Want to Save Money? Stay Home!
by, 01-30-2009 at 04:05 PM (2525 Views)
I find that usually the weekends are the only time I have to do any sort of shopping, whether it be for groceries, clothes, stuff for the house, or pretty much anything we need (or sometimes donít need). But the majority of our most recent Saturday was spend lying around the house and watching tv, which is actually something that we donít get to do very often since we usually have plans or are working on a project of some sort. But I was itching to get out and spend some money. I found myself suggesting that we go to Home Depot or somewhere similar to price out some items that we plan to buy in the future. This kind of trip usually results in spending money on something we donít need at the moment and since our budget is tight right now, that wouldít have been smart. So we ended up staying in and relaxing and it kept us from going out and spending money that we really needed to keep.
This was actually hard for me because I donít really like relaxing all that much. It sounds odd, but Iíd rather be accomplishing things and getting stuff done. Somehow, I often equate getting stuff done with spending money. I definitely know itís a thought pattern I need to change, but it can be hard. So our lazy Saturday was a bit of a challenge for me. It was nice for us to take this time to relax though because weíve both been fighting sickness and rest was really helpful for us. And the lack of spending money was really helpful for our budget. I had to remember that fact when I got the urge to go out and spend money.
I didnít want an entire weekend to go by without accomplishing something and being productive, so instead of going shopping I worked on some house projects ó cleaning the house and the yard and finally taking down our winter decorations and putting up the spring ones. Itís amazing all the stuff you can find to do at home when you wonít let yourself follow after the distractions of shopping.
Now there is nothing wrong with shopping on the weekend or spending money when you need things, but there are those times when the budget is tight and you donít need anything, yet if you go to any store, you will be tempted. Thatís where I was this weekend. I desperately wanted to shop, but my budget desperately needed me not to. So I decided to avoid the temptation and stay home. Itís hard because I wanted to get out of the house, but the only place I had to go was to a store since the weather wasnít nice enough to go to a park or take a walk.
The other way we usually save money by staying home is inviting friends over to our house. It can be easy to meet friends at a restaurant or movie theatre or even Starbucks, but we often have our friends over to our house so weíre not tempted to spend extra money. Weíll often watch a movie and make dinner from food we have in our refrigerator and have a good time without costing us a fortune (like dinner and a movie out would).
Again, spending money isnít always a bad thing, unless you are trying to stay within a budget that is running dry. If you are trying to stay within a budget and save more money, the best thing for you to do the next time you are tempted to spend money might just be to stay home!
When we first started frugalism this was one of the main things we had to learn. Staying home keeps the credit card and money in your pocket. We often comment when we're out that it's rare that we leave the house without spending money for something. We now enjoy all the things we bought for entertainment (DVD's, CD's, TV's, etc.) at home. How about have you found it more frugal to stay home?