A few months ago, I created a fun chart about possible frugal substitutes. The idea was that you can replace pricey wants like vacations and massages with cheaper options that fulfill the same need. Looking back, the intent was good but I’ve totally ignored my own advice for the past few weeks!
I went on a short trip. I bought a new computer. I got a massage. I went shopping. I bought some clothes and a new purse. AND I keep browsing online shopping sites. In short, I have been choosing expensive wants instead of examining the reason behind my sudden desire to buy, buy, buy. The only possible exception is eating out but my husband and I did some of that, too. It just hasn’t been a budget buster because we still eat home most days or tend to choose inexpensive places when we do go out.
I cannot justify my choices but I really needed a vacation!