I was fascinated by the challenge Sue in North Wales did last week. The complete opposite of frugal and yellow sticker and £1 a day. She had a fun week finding interesting and useful things.
All my married life I've had to watch the pennies. Low income and then our quest for a smallholding, 3 children and a mortgage all meant there was never a lot of spare money for anything. I like to think we managed well, the children didn't notice how little we were living on. Although the reason eldest daughter had wild hair when she was about 4 was probably because we couldn't afford to get her hair cut and when son reminded me of how swimming pool water used to make his eyes sore it was probably because we managed to afford the swimming but not the little bit extra to buy goggles!
All those years of just about managing has made it difficult for me to spend on the un-necessary. My brain won't compute spending on new things. I have no problem at car boot sales or charity shops - as you can tell from the number of posts about boot sale bargains! but even then almost everything is something for the grandchildren or things to save money later and most things are pence rather than pounds.
But when I go into shops that sell new things the mental wall goes up. If I see something nice I'm not able to buy it because I know whatever it is will appear sometime in a charity shop or car boot sale if I wait a while.
Clothes are the worst thing, apart from shoes, leggings and underwear almost everything I own is secondhand. New is so expensive and I know most was made by people being paid pennies and has travelled through Suffolk on the back of the hundreds of lorries, in containers that come in through Britain's biggest container port.
Anyway going back to the beginning of this post...........Sue's challenge to spend £10 in different shops gave me an idea for doing a challenge, now that penny pinching isn't such a huge necessity. I thought about traveling to different towns to spend in charity/antique shops on nice things that I would perhaps not have spent money on normally. OR to visit shops that I don't usually go in and give myself permission to buy whatever I fancy.
But so far I've not been able to do it!
So far all I've spent is £2 on these
Must try harder!
PS Please remember not to take everything I write too seriously!