February begins the second month of my year long look at how to THRiVE through thrifty living. It's how I've lived most of my life but in particular when I stopped work to have children and reduced our income to one. Getting back to a more thrifty way of living is so liberating and makes you feel in control of your financial situation.
This month I'll be featuring posts on Shopping. Who doesn't love to shop? I know I do. Being in control of your spending and avoiding temptation you'll look at shopping in a totally different light. To me, shopping is both a necessity and a recreational pursuit. You don't have to spend a lot of money (or any for that matter) when you think about it as something to do.
One of the most liberating pieces of video I've ever seen which changed my shopping habits forever was "The Story of Stuff" by Anne Leonard. It's a 20 minute movie on the story of, well, stuff. If you have the time, watch it and let me know what you think. It might help you think twice about buying up big at post Christmas sales, buying all the Easter/St Patrick's Day/Valentine's Day/[enter any occasion here] paraphernalia, children's toys, craft supplies, new dinner sets, extra towels and sheets just because they were on sale. These are all the areas I have cut back or eliminated from my spending and don't regret at all.
Stay tuned for more posts on the subject of Shopping during the month of February. Also, check out the THRiVING tab up top for the blog posts I featured in January on the subject of Back to School. Hopefully there were some ideas in there that helped you save a couple of dollars and help you become more thrifty.
This post is part of domesblissity's THRiVING - Thrifty Living feature.