I was at a loss for a topic for today's FRUGAL FRIDAY post until I read two articles about ways to curb impulse buying this week.
1) One suggestion was to write down an expensive item that you want on a small sheet of paper and put it on your refrigerator. Begin to look for the item in numerous places to find the lowest price. This particular author talked about wanting a $500 high chair (Mercy!). They went home, put the item on a sheet of paper and attached it to the refrigerator. They began searching for the best place to buy the high chair and finally found an identical high chair at a garage sale for $30 a couple of weeks later.
2) Another suggestion when you want to buy something expensive is to put it on your refrigerator with the date on it. Wait for at least 30 days after you put it on the list and then reevaluate how much you need the item. You may find that you buy a lot less with this system.
3) A third suggestion is to pull a muscle in your back and have the doctor tell you to lay low for 4-5 days.
That happened to me on Tuesday when I was loading one of those cloth bags that the store clerk filled chock full of canned goods. I swung it from the grocery basket into the trunk of my car and I almost fell into the trunk with the weight. I should have just let it go, but I was hanging on for dear life and torqued a bunch of things in my back. That is keeping me out of stores for a while. Ouch! But it is much better than it was a couple of days ago. Thank goodness!