Know your triggers
- Know your triggers – know what starts you off on a spending spree or just what gets you to spend your money. My triggers are restaurant coupons. Even if it is just Burger King or Mcdonald’s, I know no coupon can be cheaper than eating at home. Those coupons are usually more than the food I would get anyway. So, I lose by spending more money than I have to and the restaurant loses by taking less. Maybe we are just both break eveners?
- I also have to watch the way I go out. No matter how cheap the store, I know I can get a good shirt for 25 cents or even less at a garage sale or a church rummage sale. I try to go to things that are free or won’t cost too much money. I would like also to get a return on my investment of going out.
- Brown bagging my lunch and bringing my own water bottle eases the trigger of buying at the café or even getting a can of pop. Sometimes I need two or three cans of pop that would ease my thirst of just bringing a water bottle.
- With Halloween coming up I managed to find a clown’s wig, bottle of beer costume and some clown make up with a clown nose for 3 bucks. I saw some clown masks I thought I could get for saving money on make-up but I would have to wear the same masks year after year. The make up costs a dollar less than the masks and I can alter my make-up differently year after year. It is a little more for the make-up but I would get a variety for not too much more. I am on the lookout for crazy socks and maybe some clown gloves. Happy Halloween! Try not to spend too much money on a holiday that comes one day a year.