Friday, September 18, 2009


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!


  1. OUCH...hope it's all better soon. Lately I find the sales clerks if the grocery stores are asking if I want help getting the things to my car. Maybe I will start saying yes!!!

  2. Oooh on the back pain! No fun. Hope you're feeling lots better over the weekend.

    One sure way to save on grocery shopping is not to take your husband with you, especially if he's hungry! I've made the mistake of giving him his own basket and a list and told him to meet me at the check out only to find that as the conveyor belt went by me that he had lots of things that weren't on the list! And potato chips are outrageously priced! And weight watcher people don't need them!

  3. Ouch not fun! But I think I need something like that to prevent me from impulse buying :)

  4. Glad to hear you're recovering!

    Sometime back, I discovered that I LOVE the "hunt" far more than the "kill". In other words, I shop like a woman on a mission, but I don't necessarily have to purchase anything. The delight of trying new scents at the perfume counter (scents and I can't afford and don't purchase), or browsing through the jewelry section (eyeing the bobbles I'd never wear), or checking for smokin' bargains (i.e., 75% off and then an addl 20% w/coupon) for self/hubby/kids, has become one way to clear my thoughts.

    If only I could get through shoe departments empty handed.

    Guess I need to work on THAT one.


  5. OUCH!!!! glad you're on the mend. This post, I love cos I impulse spend far too much . . champagne taste . . beer money . . that's me. Right now I want a laptop so I'm gonna pin it on my fridge etc etc. I'll return to let you know if it worked!

    Have a blessed Lords day and see you again soon!