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Want to Save Money? Stay Home!

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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!

-C. Marranno

Carol's thoughts:
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?

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  1. sabrelvssammy's Avatar
    i understand completely where you are coming from and i couldn't have said it better.... we have started spending our weekends lying around and that used to drive me nuts...i felt like our days were wasted...what was the alternative...go somewhere...spend some money....come home with either our purchases that mostly we did not need or an experience that just wasn't all that it was cracked up to be...then you wish you had just stayed home....

    i can't lay around all day and watch tv...dh can.. but then he doesn't have the luxury of being able to be home whenever he feels like it...so i don't begrudge him of it...so i stay busy organizing and re-organizing the same things over and over...but at least i am doing something.... we too have plenty of home-projects to get done...but i think the winter just takes the 'zest' out of everyone coz when spring gets here we are in full gear and go til we can't stand up anymore... so hang in there...you probably need the little rests and the stuff will always be there waiting for you when you are ready to tackle it again...
  2. dcompton's Avatar
    I find when I have a lot of shopping to do I get into a go-go-go mode and it's hard to slow down and stay home. But if I realize that and just stop cold turkey for a week or so, I come back to the point where home is good and shopping again becomes a chore. At that point it's easy for me to stay home, hard to make myself go out to shop. But I know what it feels like to be in that shop and spend cycle. Good for you for resisting. It can be hard.
  3. Alam's Avatar
    I'm single, It's Friday night and I'm home... saving money! Nope, it's not fun, but it'll be rewarding in about 2 years! and you're right, my house hasn't look cleaner!!

    I'll drink to that ;-)