I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in my life recently and it involves a lot of “running out for one thing real quick.” On any given day I’ll discover I don’t have the right book or the right spice or the right movie to watch or the right skirt to wear tomorrow and when I make these startling discoveries I immediately grab my purse and keys and “go out” where go out equals spend money. I’m finding that this does two really lousy things – one internal, one external:
1) It keeps me in a state of discontent by causing me to always feel there’s something more to be found, bought or caught. If there is a muscle called “contentment”, this kind of behavior causes it to atrophy in no time.
2) Bottom line: it’s expensive. Somewhere in the past undefined amount of time, I have lost the spirit of “making do” and drifted head-first into the spirit of “making more”. This is a budget buster and I want to make some changes.
So a few Saturdays ago, I never left the house and it was honestly the first time that had happened in a long time. I ran into temptation from the first minute my eyes opened. “It’s Saturday – Starbucks!” But I fought the urge to visit my local barista and I made a pot of coffee instead.
The next issue I faced was gift wrapping and – guess what – no tape. It’s pretty much impossible to wrap gifts without tape and I was just about ready to send Steve to the store for a roll (and for some Oreos and maybe a little ice cream), but I remembered my commitment and just kept searching through drawers, boxes, couch cushions and kids’ rooms. I ended up finding not one, but three rolls of tape. I would imagine that one discovery saved me at least $20 in unnecessary store stuff.
I did laundry instead of going shopping. I also found an awesome fashion blog and then played around with my wardrobe to find some new and creative ways to wear the stuff I already have. I wanted to read and discovered three unopened issues of Good Housekeeping – which I had bought as an “add-on” subscription to Food Network magazine. I found so much fun stuff in those three, neglected little magazines and I never would have found it otherwise. Finally, we wanted to rent a Christmas movie, but ran into Elf on TV instead which enabled me to say lots of funny Elf lines for about three days and I bet my family is so thankful.
I finished out the day feeling so good about loving and living in what I already have. Definitely a lot more of these days in my future.