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Old 07-05-2012, 08:33 AM   #21
 
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I am guilty of buying lunch most days instead of bringing my own lunch. Other than that, I don't buy anything daily. I will say though, I have really cooled it on buying hair products. I would easily but hair stuff a few times a week.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:14 AM   #22
 
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thanks all for sharing. your responses have given me much to think about!
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:47 AM   #23
 
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Since my FourSquare keeps giving me mall rat badges and telling me how many weeks in a row I've been shopping, my answer is yes, I shop too much.

And on top of that, I can't tell you the last time I brought my lunch to work.

I've been thinking about challenging myself. I'm thinking about

- have a week of no spending
- besides groceries and gas, seeing how long I can survive on $20

I've been saving, but I really want to save more and build a bigger stash.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:17 AM   #24
 
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i could not buy another book for a year and still be okay reading things i've already bought but haven't read.awhile
I just realized that I didn't even think about books...I guess they're up there with food in my subconscious.

So that means I do buy stuff during the week other that food/coffee. I average about 2 books a week, even though, like you, I have way to many unread books laying around.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:26 AM   #25
 
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i could not buy another book for a year and still be okay reading things i've already bought but haven't read.awhile
I just realized that I didn't even think about books...I guess they're up there with food in my subconscious.

So that means I do buy stuff during the week other that food/coffee. I average about 2 books a week, even though, like you, I have way to many unread books laying around.
glad i'm not alone your point is exactly what i think is happening with me....those unconscious purchases that don't cost a lot and seem harmless but again can add up over time and also contribute to just having lots of stuff.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:35 AM   #26
 
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I too have a ton of books I haven't read. But in my defense, about 45 minutes away there's an used bookstore that sells books dirt cheap. You can get paperbacks for as little as $2. It's really easy to go nuts in there. But we don't go there very often due to gas prices, maybe a few times a year.
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:53 PM   #27
 
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I only purchase things (other than gas, groceries, or meals out) for myself about every 4 months. I shop more frequently for my son & pick up things for my husband when I'm out.

I did purchase a new phone case online the other day. Prior to that I bought some clothes in February.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:57 PM   #28
 
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I was a big-time consumer before my layoff. Now, i rarely buy stuff. The last clothing item I bought was a skirt on Memorial Day. I bought a hair care item last month. I have so much in my stash, I could for another 6 months without buying anything for my hair.

I didn't feel good shopping all the time. I did it mostly out of boredom. I never had a savings or really much to show for my money. If start gianful employment agian, I definitely won't spend so recklessly.
I've always been a spender; getting laid off last year and working as a freelancer with an unpredictable income really forced me to look at my finances, what I spent money on, etc. Now, I'm working a steady gig (for now as a contractor) and I find myself sliding back to my more profligate ways. It's easy to do--I'm too tired, let's order takeout; I overslept and forgot to bring my lunch, etc.

Still, I spend a lot less on makeup, skin care, hair care, etc. I've got champagne tastes for sure, but I've learned that some things are just not worth my money and peace of mind.

I consider "buying things" to be also buying food, Metro cards, parking, etc., not just clothes and trinkets. To that end, I buy something almost every day. I really like the days when I'm conscious enough to bring my lunch to work and I don't spend money at all. That feels like a triumph to me.
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