Yesterday I had to pick up a prescription at Target so while I was waiting I looked around to see if there was anything I could get for free or really cheap. I didn’t find much of anything besides some gift bags that I’m always in need of marked down to 75% off. After I left Target I drove down the road a ways. I pulled over and decided to stop in a few stores instead of head right home. I pretty much walked in and walked out. Sure I saw a few things I might like but when I looked at the price tags and compared them in my brain to prices that I know I could pay for them at a thrift store or at a rummage sale it didn’t even compare. And I don’t really need any new clothing or shoes so I couldn’t really justify the purchase.
I’ll admit it, I love to shop. That’s one part of being frugal that’s hard for me. I love to look around and see all the cute things that I don’t have. I’m not really sure what it is, maybe it’s just because I’m a girl and I love to shop!
I rarely go into stores that don’t have something that I need. So basically I stick to grocery stores, Sam’s Club, Target, Walgreens, and that’s pretty much it. Like I’ve said before I only get to town maybe once a week or once every 2 weeks so I pretty much only hit up those stores. Occasionally I also get to Michael’s to get a few crafty things like yarn.
Yesterday when I went into those few stores I felt a little weird. I knew I didn’t want to spend my extra money on the things in those stores and yet I wanted to be in there anyways. Some of the stores have been there for about a year to 2 years and I had never stepped foot in them before.
So all this is fine and dandy for my daily life. The desire to shop is always there but I control it pretty well. I stick to only buying what I need and stay away from the “shopping for fun” thing. I think it’s a good stratgy for everyday living and I’m sure it saves us alot of money.
So is there somethin wrong with shopping just to shop. Absolutely not. Sometimes it’s ok to break that frugal streak and just have fun! For me, this is when we are on vacation. Alright now I’m going to tell you my vacation plans and you may think I’m crazy but hey, it’s works for us!
When I start planning our trip I map out the roads. Then I head over to the surplus store directory. I look up the stores that might be on the road and I write down the addresses for those stores so we can stop. I also check out the grocery stores in the areas that we will be headed to. I will look up those stores flyers a few days before we leave and I clip coupons and write down things that I can get for free or super cheap. I’m also on the lookout for produce deals as it seems that our produce is very expensive here compared to other states and areas. Then I look up and ask around about stores that might be in the area that I want to go to. Those are non-grocery stores, and yes I will be shopping at them, for fun.
For me, it’s part of vacation, to not only be able to take a break from my daily routine but my normal shopping routine too. We set a limit of what I can spend and what the hubby can spend. We are allowed to spend that amount on whatever we want without having to ask each other about the purchase first. It’s just fun!
So I do 2 things on vacation. I find things to save money on that I might not normally find around our area but I also get to shop just for fun. For me, both things is fun. I love to save money and shop discount stores, and I love to shop for fun. It makes a great vacation for me and since we’ve already talked about it and set the money aside for both bargain shopping and shopping for fun.
What about you? Do you shop for fun? Do you set limits on shopping for fun like I do?(ie: only shopping on vacation)