With three kids in college this year, MidChix still in start-up mode, and the need for a new car looming as our fourth kid takes the wheel, our budget is busted, big time! We are not frivolous spenders, but we do spend a lot. Some on needs, some on wants. As we work on instilling more money sense in our kids, I decided that it's high time we walk the talk.
So after discovering the joys of the local ARC thrift shop this summer, and the fun of Five Below, along with reading so many accounts of writers' year-long experiments (The Happiness Project, Eat, Pray, Love, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle), I think its time I embark on my own project: Penny-Pinching without the Sting.
I'm going to shoot for four months rather than a year; am not sure if that's because I'm chicken, or because most of the above books got a little tired as I began rounding the half-year mark! But mostly since it frees me up a few weeks before Christmas on the off-chance that someone in the family has their heart set on something Apple, which, as we all know, never goes on sale.
Now, having been in recovery for years after being raised by the consummate Scotsman, I have a real fear of appearing cheap. This you need to know about me. So I won't skimp when it comes to tipping and treating...but I will try for some self-examination every time I try to be first to reach for the check...
Anyway, today is the first day in my four month commitment to not paying retail price (except on organic or gluten-free food as we are also embarking on a healthy eating regimen & hopefully there will be a substantial pay off for that down the road). One of my first visits will be to fellow blogger's site Just Trying to Save Money.
Hope you'll join me as I see how much I can save by shopping sales, thrift stores, consignment, ebay, wholesalers, etc. I welcome any advice from veteran penny-pinchers!