Seriously! I have noticed lately that the most powerful money-saving tool I have at my disposal is the delete button in my email inbox. I am signed up for every deal site known to man and every morning my inbox fills up with amazing money-saving offers on everything from gourmet coffee to spa visits to airline tickets. All really great things and if I needed them it would be nice to save 58%. Those things are the easy ones to delete and keep going without giving another thought.
It’s the ones that come through for nice restaurants (I can always be persuaded to go out for a nice evening with hubby), or the offers that show up with big savings on clothes or fast food (with 4 kids we always need clothes & fast food is a nice break sometimes when we are out running errands) but truthfully even things like that really would save us money is still money spent.
If I don’t have a groupon for $10 off $20 at Old Navy then I’ll still buy the kids the clothes they need I’ll just buy them at consignment or the thrift store instead (and I’ll probably pay less & the clothes will still be in excellent shape). If I don’t get the great deal on fast food then I’ll just plan ahead, not do errands at lunch time or I’ll pack something portable.
As I reformed spender, I am trying to remind myself that sometimes money not spent is still money saved.