I’ve been taking advantage of deals galore, but I actually feel unfrugal. Why? Because I’m still shelling out money all at once!
A lot of times, frugality is about finding ways around buying things. You make your current items last longer. You put off buying until there’s a sale. You ask yourself whether you really need that item at all. Now add in fatigue, which means I just put off buying stuff because it’s tiring. Now add depression, which means I put off buying things because even a simple task can feel overwhelming.
In other words, purchases just don’t get made around. Eventually, a good enough sale — or pure need — spurs me to action. I then get around to various things we need and am subsequently hit with a pile of bills. No matter how good the sale, it’s hard to feel frugal when you’re looking at the debits in your bank account.
I finally bought new shoes. I’ve been meaning to do it for over half a year. That’s how bad it is. I even blogged about how I found a decent deal, then when that didn’t work out a nearly-as-good deal. And how I was going to pounce. Fifteen days later, I finally made the purchase. Not a bad deal: 20% off plus 10% back through Mr. Rebates for an end total of $40 for $60 shoes. Still, ouch.
Not to mention the $28 I spent at Walgreens for my protein bars, which are a big part of my current diet. Previously, I got them with Amazon gift cards through Swagbucks, but the rates got hiked ridiculously high. I found a BOGO50 sale at Walgreens. So I paid $6.37 a box instead of $8.49. Still, four boxes came out to over $25. Minus 7% cash back, of course.
Then Drugstore.com for some facial care needs. Extra pricey because I’m once again giving into vanity. As in, I broke down and got some RoC anti-wrinkle cleanser and serum. I hit a 20% off sale, so I got those two things plus an eyeshadow I had loved in the past for around $27. Minus — say it with me now — cash back (7%).
Oh, and let’s not forget the dumbbells from Sears. Great deal, but still around $26.50 out of the account. No cash back because I used a special, merchant-direct coupon.
Over the weekend, Tim got on my case about having more jeans. Apparently, having one pair in your current size and one in a slightly lower size isn’t actually enough. Especially if one pair has rhinestones.
We hit an Old Navy sale, getting two pairs: one $15, one $19. Tim had needed a belt for ages, and we found one for $12.50. The total was a little over $50 after tax. We had to go in person so I could try on the styles, so no cash back.
All in all, I’d say I got very good deals. But they all happened within 10 days, so that’s around $122 out of the account.
Oh, and now we’re out of cat food, which is around $15. We’ll pay with Amazon GCs, but it’s still money out of our account and into saved savings.
Do you guys put off purchases and run into this problem?