In addition, I am in the process of unsubscribing from all of the store emails that I get in my inbox. If I don't know about the BOGO or free shipping for orders over $50 or the free sample with purchase, then I won't be tempted to buy them. This is the internet version of just not walking past the stores that sell the things you like to buy.
|"I do not see you, internet ads for cute, retro-inspired items!"|
Expanding this whole idea, today I saw a big sign outside of a drugstore advertising a free $10 gift card to Tim Horton's if you spend $50 at the store. That is not a good deal for me at all for a few reasons. 1) I don't need anything from the drugstore. 2) There, weirdly, aren't any Tim Horton's near my work or home (yes, I live in Canada). So, that's an easy one to pass up.
It's like the coupon thing, too, I think. Like, if I am out of toothpaste or toilet paper, and see a coupon sale for them, then it makes sense to use the coupon. But if I'm browsing the shelves and see a coupon for a type of cookies that I wasn't going to buy anyway, I'm not actually saving money by using the coupon.
I feel very grown-up now that my brain has been rewired to think this way. I went around the grocery store today and bought only things I needed - milk, 2 avocadoes, crackers, and a tin of tuna. OK, and the latest issue of Oprah magazine, but that's just because it has all of her picks for summer reading in it. And yes, I realize that this list is also on her website. But can I read her website while in the bathroom? Um, no.
|Dammit Oprah, why can't I quit you?|
Still, the point is that I did not buy ingredients for meals I won't be eating anytime soon, or cookies or anything pre-made. I bought the avocadoes because I have sprouts and cucumbers I need to use up, and the best way to do this is by eating the World's Best Sandwich (recipe stolen and adapted from a vegetarian restaurant I used to go to when I lived in another city):
- Take a yummy ciabatta bun, or other yummy bread (whole grain is best)
- Spread on some garlicky mayonnaise (store-bought, or just crush some garlic into your own mayo, or make homemade mayo, whatever. The garlic is the important bit)
- Put sliced-up cucumbers on the bread
- Add half an avocado, sprinkle with salt and pepper if you like (this helps with the flavour)
- Top with a handful of fresh sprouts
- Sit back and enjoy the delicious, nutritious(...ish) summery sandwich yumminess
Oh, and then go eat a homemade pudding pop! After reading The Frugal Girl's post about this, I made some up for myself. They're just freezing now, and I can't wait until they're ready to eat!