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Day 159: Does shopping when you have to pee save you money?

OK, firstly, thanks to my internet cheering squad who helped make me feel less bad about having lots of makeup. And, for real you guys. I think I got swept up in this kind of frugal-martyr thing where somewhere along the way I started to think that being frugal had something to do with not having anything nice or fun anymore.



Note: today I completed a challenge I set for myself a few weeks ago, which is To Go Shopping When I Have To Pee. This was based on some financial advice from that tome of financial respectability, Cosmopolitan magazine. I was on my way to pick up some plant pots and had to pee and was headed for the bathroom when I thought, "Wait! No! I will go shopping with a full bladder as a budgetary technique!"

Verdict? Well, if I didn't have to pee, I may have lingered around more in the clothes and shoes areas of the store. Although, if I didn't have to pee, I may have had time to reconsider and put back the nail polish I bought (which is so cute, check it out here). So, six of one and half-dozen of the other. I'm not keen to do full-bladder shopping again anytime soon, so my scientific study of myself today proves that there isn't really a difference.

ANYWAY!

Question: Can buying delicious coffee-based drinks be.... frugal? Answer: Kinda.

This ties in with a super interesting article I just read on this blog I just discovered, I WILL TEACH YOU TO BE RICH. (Note: the blog title is not really in ALL CAPS, but I think it should be.) Anyway, the guy wrote this post today about the psychology of cutting back on lattes. Basically, he talks about how you shouldn't set crazy, untenable goals and budgets, and you shouldn't beat yourself up if you slip up every now and then.

So far, so good, right? Because I am always reminding myself not to feel guilty about spending money... which I use to validate my impulse purchases... and then I have trouble saving money. But I like his argument that you should be able to buy a latte every now and then, all you need to do is to make more money.

Fraulein Maria felt guilty about falling in love with Christopher Plummer.
Until Mother Superior explained through song that it was OK.
That may have nothing to do with me, but whatevs.

So, I don't know. I like the idea that cutting out small expenses such as drugstore lipstick or DELICIOUS HALF-CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHIP HALF-VANILLA BEAN FRAPPUCCINOS isn't going to make or break your budget. But the thing is, I think for my budget, that's about the only thing there is to cut out.

Unless I moved out of my gorgeous and slightly too expensive for my budget apartment, there isn't any huge savings that I'm going to make anywhere. Which means cutting down on the little novelty things, which will hopefully add up.

Oh, who knows. But at least now we all know that going shopping when you have to pee doesn't have a very great impact on how much stuff you will buy.

3 comments:

Daisy said...

First of all - I love OPI!

I think that, if you are a person (like I was) that spends a ton of money on useless small stuff (magazines, gum, coffee, etc) then it really does break your budget. The thing is, I didn't really count that stuff as spending because it was $3 here and $2 there - who knew it would add up as much as it does!

~Carla~ said...

You have to do what works for you. Most of our budget is sucked up by housing costs, but we LOVE where we are, & I'd rather pinch pennies in other areas in order for us to stay here. It's all about priorities! ;)

shoppingtosaving said...

Hahah I am so like you. I love my make-up, shoes, clothes and bags. I try to just track it all and make sure I don't overspend in those areas. I pay all the bills first and set aside money for "mandatory" stuff.

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