I recently have realised that I have got a BAD habit of spending money when I feel stressed. I can always think of something that we 'need' except we don't really need it. I look online and buy stuff, its just click click click and then money is spent. I just really want to stop this month and get myself being sensible with money again!
Anyone else fancy doing this and supporting each other?!
do not surf the internet, buy or read magazines or watxh tabloidy programmea on tv - like itv breakfstt show or this morning. they all like to tell yoi what you ABSOLUTLEY MUST BUY. If you dont see, read or hear about it, you can actually live perfectly happily without it. join us on austere aptil and watch out for moneywise may starting. Also hunt back see if you can find frugal february and miserly march. the jan & feb ones inspired me.
Don't go to town. This has been my best money saving thing do far. It was easy when dd1 was in a buggy but now she's older I feel very guilty about dragging her shopping and she won't tolerate it long. When you do go wait until you have a big list of errands and do them all in one go. For me this is tiring and annoying so this puts me off even more Try and go local for post office etc - no temptation there and nothing to browse.
However, you need to treat yourself now and then. Buying for my dds is my joy too. I put money aside and go to Exeter twice a year and buy them clothes in jojo and gap etc and it feels like a big splurge even though I planned for it but it meets a need in me to go all out.
I do a lot better than in the past bit I'm still trying to stop buying crap!