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11 Tips for Staying Frugal When You Want to Spend Money

Call it what you want. Your daily routine. Is it the distance with your spouse?  Whining from your kids? Day after day cleaning?  Or the same old job to go to? -insert your own here-. All these things can make a girl want to start spending money.

Sometimes that mundane routine of being home with the little ones makes you feel lonely.

Sometimes you want to spend money. You work hard for it. So why can’t you spend it?

Living life on a budget and within your means, it gets hard to shuffle against the mighty waves of “I need this and I want that.”

Have you noticed a dark cloud hanging over you just as you turn your eye to your neighbor? As soon as I think I need more, the cloud gets darker.

Loneliness seeps in when you are just starting to feel content with the way things are going. Then the cloud comes over when your dearest friend tells you, “You could have so much more.”

We start to believe. Happiness is just a new shiny item away. But we don’t think that, do we?

11 Tips for Staying Frugal When You Want to Spend Money

Comparison.

Man. What a word.

What a sneaky snake word.

Do you know why?

Because our society throws us a comparison suit every time we plug in.

It plays on our inner self.

T.V.

Internet.

Stores.

Highways.

Magazines.

The only place I find that I’m not bombarded is nature. You know, outdoors WITHOUthinkne.

Las,t year millennials spent 18 hours a day consuming media.

Oh wait, we don’t have T.V. commercials anymore, do we?

Of course, we all know this.

But the biggest problem I know as a millennial myself is this;

We are putting ourselves in a dangerous game of comparison.

I just did it the other day.

It’s 90 degrees out. I’m sweating, the kids are sweating, and I tell them to get downstairs where our free A.C. flows on. (Basement)

There I am in our kitchen, opening the cupboard to fill a cup for my daughter and my nail catches on the paint. I watch another piece of paint fall to the floor. The white spots on our red cupboards are beginning to look like a leopard.

The many layers of paint are noticeable. The cheap particle board, also known as our kitchen shelves, looks ghetto.  I think it may look worse since I tried to cover only half up with contact paper!

I can’t fit my plates straight in. You have to lift them just right and then slide in. All the rest have to come out and get stacked inside to get one mixing bowl in.

There are plenty of little quirks in our kitchen.  Plenty of reason for society to come in and laugh and ask, “Why don’t you get yourself a new kitchen?”

And then it started.

We need a new house.

We need a new kitchen.

We need this. We can get that. I. need. Now. 

And in the few days of wanting, I started to feel distance from my soul. My husband was there to remind me, who was I trying to please?!

I have said before that I am okay with our beat-up cupboards right now while having young kids.

I, too, wrestle with reminding myself extra money can go for date night or a trip to see my parents or the mortgage. 

I can fight against our culture that says, “you aren’t spending enough money.”

Why do I think I need something new right now?

11 Tips for Staying Frugal When You Want to Spend Money

The Lord reminded me of contentment out in our raspberry patch. I heard a still small voice say-” Haven’t I given you so much already?”

I laughed. I fell to my knees, and I cried. 

You have Lord. You so have. 

It can be dangerous to let yourself soak in today’s culture of needing more. We quickly lose focus of our priorities in life.

If we wait and be patient, those wants will fade away. The more we replace wants with needs, our contentment shows up.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Sometimes the wants are granted in a way we could have never imagined. In a way, only God had planned.

When striving to live the best life on a budget, aim for contentment.

  • Don’t feel ashamed for not spending money.
  • Don’t feel ashamed for not needing something new.
  • Don’t feel ashamed for looking for used items before you look for brand new.
  • Don’t be ashamed to shop clearance and still use coupons. And by all means, DON’T be ashamed to use coupons. 

Today I’m praying for you right now reading this post. Let it be an encouragement to you or someone you know you can pass it on to.

You may be looking at your bank account with a sinking feeling in your stomach. It’s hard when you love to shop and want the latest fashion trends but don’t have enough money to buy them.

11 Tips for Staying Frugal When You Want to Spend Money

These 11 tips will help you stay frugal without sacrificing style or quality items that are important to you.


1- Shop around online before committing

There are so many websites that offer discounts on clothing and other items, so it’s worth taking the time to compare prices. You may be able to find a better deal on the same thing elsewhere.

When you price compares online instead of in-store, you can use cashback sites like Rakuten and Ibotta.

Check out Thredup, an online thrift store- you can also send your gently used clothes to Thredup for cash.

11 Tips for Staying Frugal When You Want to Spend Money

2- Set a budget for yourself and stick to it.

When you know how much you’re willing to spend, you’re less likely to overspend. It’s also a good idea to set a budget for each type of purchase, such as clothing, groceries, or entertainment.

If you are new to budgeting, check out how to get started with FREE printables here.

3- Look for sales and coupons.

Many stores offer discounts on clothes and other items when they sell. You can also find coupons online or in the Sunday newspaper. When shopping online and price comparing, use websites that search for automatic coupons/discounts for you.

It’s always a good idea to visit the store’s website and look for coupons before shopping.

4- Only buy what you need.

It can be tempting to buy a new dress or shirt every time you go shopping, but this can quickly add up. Instead, try to be realistic about what you need and only purchase the necessary items.

11 Tips for Staying Frugal When You Want to Spend Money

5- Consider buying secondhand.

There are many online stores and brick-and-mortar stores that sell used clothing. You may be able to find some great deals this way, and you’re also doing something good for the environment. Thrift shopping has come a long way. Take advantage of Goodwill’s color days.

6- Buy clothes off season.

This is a great way to save money since most stores will offer discounts on clothing when they’re not in season. This is where clearance finds are my favorite!

Right now at Old Navy, I spotted kids’ shirts for $0.97 brand new. B.J.’s, Costco, and Sam’s are also great places to shop for out-of-season clothes.

If you can’t stand the idea of wearing clothes that aren’t in style, consider saving them for later or giving them to someone else.

11 Tips for Staying Frugal When You Want to Spend Money

7- Avoid buying trendy items.

It can be tempting to buy the latest fashion trend, but it’s not always worth it. Instead, these items often go on sale soon after they’re released, so you can wait and buy them at a discount. Plus, you won’t have to worry about them going out of style.

11 Tips for Staying Frugal When You Want to Spend Money

8- Make your own clothes.

This may not be for everyone, but if you’re willing to learn how to sew, you can save a lot of money. In addition, many online tutorials and video lessons can teach you how to make your clothes.

This would be a great time to take advantage of Craftsy- it’s an online membership running an incredible deal for March 2022. Pay only $1.99 for a year membership( $89 regularly).

Sign up here while this amazing promo is going on.

9- Shop at outlet stores.

Outlet stores are a great place to find discounted clothing from well-known brands. Just be careful not to buy items that are damaged or have been worn before.

11 Tips for Staying Frugal When You Want to Spend Money

10- Be creative with what you have.

There are many ways to style the same item of clothing in different ways. You can also mix and match other pieces to create new outfits. If you’re stuck, consider looking online for outfit ideas.

With these tips, you’ll be able to stay stylish and save money at the same time!

11 Tips for Staying Frugal When You Want to Spend Money

11- Write out your goals

When you write your goals, it makes your financial standpoint more real. When you want more stuff, you remember what you are working towards.

  • Ask will this take me a step away from my goal?
  • Ask yourself if you really love the item? Will this always bring joy to you?
    If it does take it a step further and say will I enjoy this in one year? The bigger the price tag the longer you should enjoy it.
  • Will this serve a practical purpose?
  • Where will this item end up in one year?
    It helps when you can visualize where it is going to be in your home.
  • How often will you use/wear the item?
    Is it worth the cost for a one time use? Can you wear the item many times and change accessories with it?
  • Can it get more than one use?

Asking some of these questions will help you make a choice that will help you find contentment. Remember, we live in a world where everything is at our fingertips, but you can make a choice. You make the difference.

Live life with a purpose.

Where are you spending money you don’t have?

 

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Ellie

Wednesday 7th of December 2016

Thanks for the helpful advice

Serge B

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

Good things to remember this holiday season

Kendra

Monday 5th of December 2016

What a wonderful reminder to help one keep spending in check. I love your spiritual references as well. It is so true that we have been bestowed so many blessings and yet, many times, want for more. Love your blog!

Tasia

Monday 5th of December 2016

Contentment is a big struggle for all of us daily! Yet it really is important to remember all the blessings we do have. Thank you for checking out the blog.

Carla Thomas

Monday 5th of December 2016

These are so important: I remember when we were children, we embarrassed to be out in public with our PARENTS about these very things!!! Don’t feel ashamed for not spending money. Don’t feel ashamed for not needing something new. Don’t feel ashamed for looking for used items before you look for brand new. Don’t be ashamed to shop clearance and still use coupons. And by all means, DON’T be ashamed to use coupons.

Now these are ALL the things I do!!! on a regular basis. BUDGET!!!

Tasia

Monday 5th of December 2016

Love it!!

Jess

Monday 5th of December 2016

I have a habit of spending money on going out to eat just because i don't feel like cooking - seems silly to write but that's my biggest issue with money

Tasia

Monday 5th of December 2016

It takes a lot of motivation and determination to cook every night. I would encourage you to cut back one night you eat out and start by cooking one meal. Even if you are using prepared meals most of the time it is cheaper than going to a restaurant. So glad you stopped by Jess!

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