I thought it would be interesting to start a systematic accounting of stuff I didn’t buy every month.
This moratorium on unnecessary purchases is part of my effort to aggressively save for an RV for next year. Though I’m not much of a consumer as it is, I thought it would be interesting and motivating to keep track of those small expenses I didn't incur as part of my savings goal.
Item 1: Kindle Cover with Light - $59.99. I do want to get this eventually.
Item 2: Pet Sling - $28.22. I’d like a carrier I can stealthily cart 12 pounds of
Doris around in but the user reviews are mixed. And this is not an item we need right now.
Savings grand total: $88.21
Well, the total amount is not that impressive but over 12 months of not buying small-ticket items like these, we’re talking a grand total of: $1,058. This is substantial, representing about 5% of my savings goal.
Not buying the VW bug last month (see Battles) was definitley the right decision. We’ve also decided to stay in the same house indefinitely. More about that later.
All that considered, we are going on a cruise soon. But ... that decision was made months before my RV fever relapse. And, when it comes to travel, I deliberately leave my frugal habits at home.
Hmmm ... what can I not spend money on next month? Note to self: comb catalogs with extra care and pick out things not to buy.
P.S. If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy Miss Minimalist’s take on Minsumerism