Stores and restaurants are run by smart people, and they’re set up to encourage you to spend money. That’s why a quick trip to pick up milk can result in a $50 purchase for a dozen different items that you never intended to buy in the first place.
For us, not being able to run to the store for every little thing — or just because we’re bored and looking for something to do — is a quick and easy way to save money. And there are plenty of times that we talk ourselves out of making a trip “to town” because we know that just being out and about will mean spending money on gas and food plus the temptation to spend on a hundred other little things.
You don’t have to move to the boonies to put this tip into practice, though. Even if you live in an urban or suburban area, you can simple make the decision to stay home. Pick a day for errands and run all of your errands at the same time rather than running out for this or that every day of the week. Or when you’re feeling bored, head to the park or library instead of the mall.
Do you find yourself running to the mall or store when you’re bored? Do you often end up purchasing more than you intended?