I learned a few things about myself as we set out to limit our discretionary spending in August.
I buy a lot more than I thought. And I like shopping more than I thought. And to deprive myself of buying something I think we need or strongly want puts me in a bad mood.
So much for being a frugalista, eh?
All told, this month still went fairly well. We had no major purchases. Our groceries and other food purchases were reasonable. The things I bought were absoultely justified, even though they weren’t all immediate needs.
Our “house fund” now sits at 11 percent of our goal. Movin’ on up!
August’s exercise helped me better identify needs vs. wants and how instant gratification can play a role in my spending. Turns out, I’m not as patient as I thought.