Well, I actually had 2 rest days but here I am, back again with number 3.
3. Frugal people know small expenses add up to big ones. I think we’ve all thrown something extra into the shopping cart because it was only a buck, or grabbed up the clearance item because it was just such a great deal despite having no idea how we’d use it. While getting a great deal for items you need is worth it, frugal people also realize something else — those small expenses add up to real money, so they can distinguish between impulse purchases and those that are necessary. There’s a reason frugal people are known as penny pinchers, they grasp the concept of a little bit adds up to a lot.
Question to ask yourself: Do I want to buy this because it’s a great deal, or because it’s just a small amount of money, or because I really need it and have a plan for how I’ll use it?
I feel that I have a pretty good grasp on this one. I can honestly say that I very rarely buy anything that is not on my list or a planned spend.
I do not chase sale items for groceries or other household goods. I shop intentionally and generally pay full-price for items but I believe it is still wiser than buying random stuff simply because it is on sale. This works for me. I never have food that I do not know what to do with it because I only buy what we eat and what I need for the meals I have planned. There are no clothes in my cupboard that have never been worn or piles of unused household goods.
What about you?