Subtitled: Saving for a whole year off – income cut, not lifestyle cut tip number 5
I've been cheating with my last two tips. I have been doing them for years so they haven't really saved me extra money this year since we've faced the income cut while on the Deferred Salary Scheme.
So in a similar light, half of my next tip is not new. But it is saving me money.
Tip number five: stay out of the shopping centres and unsubscribe from online shopping emails.
I don't get how shopping is now a family activity. Want something to do on a Sunday? Take your family to the shopping centre!
When did that become a thing?
Years ago I stopped "go shopping" to "look" for something as a regular weekend thing. Now I only go if I need to buy something.
We never took our kids to the shopping centre as something to do even when I did go to shopping centres. I mean why impose this on little kids and why impose little kids on others? We took our kids to parks and playgrounds and the harbour and the beach and the botanic gardens. Places they could run and chase and shout and burn off energy. But it didn't stop me going shopping alone or with friends.
This year I added the second half of the tip. I unsubscribed emails from online shopping retailers. I was deluding myself that these didn't affect me.
Now I don't get tempted to buy things I didn't know I wanted before I got the email. I am not tempted by deals which actually cost me money and which if I didn't get the email Iwould have saved money by not spending in the first place.
So save money and increase your self-worth and lifestyle by not looking to go shopping for fun and to fill your time; by not feeding the desire for the new, for things you didn't really want in the first place; by not raising dissatisfaction with what you already have.
I still buy things. I love clothes and shoes and bags. I still visit shops occasionally. But I am not shopping as an activity.
Fill your time with the want to do but say you have no time for.
I've been doing the things I like – reading, visiting friends, exploring our city, planning our next trip away, learning a language.
Bingo: saving money and improving lifestyle!!!