Do You Have A Shopping Plan?
Until a few years ago, I bought the stores out for my four kids. Then they had their own families and four became twelve more or less (depending on the year). I developed a new shopping strategy two gifts per person. Frugal me decided to shop early and start buying for the following year the day after Christmas. Plan in place, I got a jump on my shopping. The problem was after I stored things, I forgot about them so back to shopping.
The next phase of the strategy was logging shopping purchases into the computer and keeping to the plan. I’ve done well with it; however, two issues are apparent: #1 I have run out of space in the garage for my car; #2 My credit card interest washed my savings. Time to rethink the whole process and come up with another plan.
I have decided to use technology. The telephone company used to advertise, “Let your fingers do the walking,” a great idea especially with the cost of gas ever rising. Instead of going store to store, I research on line and compare shopping prices on an as need basis.
My goal is to buy or set enough money for two adult gifts each month. The little ones around here get to make up their own wish lists, things I buy during the actual holiday season because children change their minds and sizes a lot.
Hubby is continuing with major kitchen renovations. Our kitchen needed it after forty+ years of being the main room in the house. New refrigerator/freezer, new sink, new faucet, new microwave, and new stove in place, hubby has his carpentry tools out and is redoing cabinets. He warned me that a new dishwasher must be factored in.
So here I sit today, warm and toasty inside, while outside is nasty, cold wet, busy finding shopping deals.