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Day 9 Frugal Living Challenge: The 30 Day List

February 21, 2012

It’s all about self-control, people.

Today’s topic continues with controlling the impulse buy. When you are presented with something you know is an impulse buy (something that is not absolutely necessary), stop what you are doing and write the idem on a “30 Day List”. If you still have the desire for it after 30 days, you are golden. This is how Andrea of Frugally Sustainable suggests using the 30 Day List:

  1. Anytime you feel the urge to spend on anything other than necessities (i.e. excess clothing, another pair of shoes, the newest techno gadget, or a new car) force yourself to stop. I mean…even if you’re in the middle of the store, already holding the item in your hand, put it back on the shelf and leave the store immediately.
  2. On the other hand, if you are shopping online and you feel the urge to spend, close the laptop, take a deep breath, drink some water, and then go take a walk outside.
  3. When you return home from the store or your walk, use My 30-Day List and write down the name of the item you want to purchase, the price of the item, and the date you placed the item on the list.
  4. Print your 30-day list and post it somewhere in plain view… beside the family calendar, on the door of the refrigerator, or on a bulletin board in your office.
  5. Now, for the next 30 days, you will need to consider whole-heartedly whether or not you really want to spend the money on purchasing the item. But no matter what, don’t buy it until after the 30 day time period. It’s also important that you use this time to also research free alternatives for the item on the list.
  6. If, at the end of the 30 days, the desire to purchase the item is still there, then by all means purchase it. But here’s another rule, when you go to buy the item, you must use cash.

Daily Goal: Begin today using the 30-day list for non-essential purchases.

Me: I think this is awesome! It seems to be working for me- when I spilled my guts about discussed my impulsiveness with crafting, this is just the thing I need to use to 1. not waste money, 2. keep excess clutter from ever crossing our threshold, and 3. practice some self-control.  So now that I’m more than interested in making  things like salves, balms and soap, all the supplies that I need beyond what I already have in the house go on the 30 Day list. I want to make sure its something that I really want to do. Right now it makes sense- the homemade products are far better for you and cost less in the long run, and I’ve practiced a few recipes with what I have on hand and it was great. So I think it’s a good idea to move forward. Hopefully it will still feel the same way in 21 days!

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