This week’s blog of the week is from Intentionally Frugal who ponders the need for going to the shops at all.
A bit drastic or a brilliant bit of frugal planning we wonder..?
If I don’t go into the shop…
…then I can’t spend the money, right?
I seem to have discovered a law of nature, something akin to the law of gravity. Ready? Here it is;
It is actually impossible to go into a shop for milk, and to come out with ONLY milk.
Maybe it’s just me, but whenever I pop into a shop, usually on my way home from work, to get the one item we are running out of (usually milk, but sometimes bread, sometimes loo roll, and more often than you would think, nail polish remover – I have a teenage daughter, remember) I never, ever leave the store with less than a bag full of other stuff. It’s almost always useful stuff, like reduced price fruit or veg, cheese on special offer, ice cream on sale, etc – but it’s stuff that I DID NOT intend to buy!
So here is my solution to this money draining law of nature;
Don’t go in the shop in the first place!
Not exactly rocket science, right? All I have to do is make sure that I plan ahead, and don’t run out of things like milk every other day. Hmm. Simple… Isn’t it??? I don’t usually go in for making New Year resolutions, but that sounds like a good one.
I went to Asda yesterday to do my monthly big shop, and I really went all out to stock up. I thought through the next few days, checked my cupboards, fridge and freezer, and hopefully I have enough of all the staples to last a good long while. My aim is to make it through to the weekend without spending a penny. I’m just one day in, but so far so good!
Do you have any frugal tips for the new year? Be sure to let us know them or pop over to Frugal Living page on Netmums to find out lots more great budgeting tips.