Are you an impulse shopper? Oh I am! Yes-sir-ree! I mean it totally goes against my grain to Coupon and follow Shopping Lists (ok I secretly like making list anyone around me as Black Friday nears knows this is true but I hate sticking to the list - I find it REALLY hard only buying what is on the list. I mean gourmet cheese and oreos are never on the grocery shopping list kwim?) and Budget (sigh! what is a budget, I don't want to see where all the money went that might keep me up at night!).
Don't get me wrong I get a GiddyHigh off of my savings (sumthin for nuthin!) and I try hard to not be wasteful but I really am an impulsive, impatient I WANT IT NOW kind of person. (my MFFs and my family can stop laughing - I confessed it, that is half the battle - Right?)One good thing is I fear debt (I need to fear my limited savings) otherwise I would be in a heap of trouble but the plain ole truth is there is a LOT of room for improvment. I mean I am no Dave Ramsey or Mary Hunt that is for sure! Just like my struggeling prayer life, contentment with living with in my means is a common struggle for me and one of the original goals that led me to blogging.
I read once that thrifty living does not mean "making do" it means doing what you want to do affordably. I totally do that! (meaning I afford it all, it just has been known to be a lil "creative" at times - groan!).
I used to question if I was frugal. Yes, I was/am a Fru-Gal and I LOVE a deal -I mean I really enjoy bargain hunting- and I am thrifty (at least by the above definition) but frugal ?? (unless you are comparing me to someone wasteful - he shall not be named - I was just not sure) but then I realized it is all in how you define it.
Wikipedia defines frugality as the practice of acquiring goods and services in a restrained manner, and resourcefully using already owned economic goods and services, to achieve a longer term goal. Ok I got the 2nd half (Mr J may not) but I really really struggle with the restraint word - in ALL aspects of life.
Yes if I made lists of adjectives that describe me many would not jive (lazy impatient perfectionist - yeppers it is possible just like liberal christian and overbuying coupon clipping bargain hunter I am a one man demographic but that's ok, I am interesting. HeHee) and none would include the word restraint in any form. I am a complex person and simplicity (no matter how attractive it sounds while facing piles of clean unsorted laundry) is just not my bag.
I am a born and bred impulse buyer (hey GG, it's me!) maybe that is why I found this blog post so funny? (I can relate, I too self medicate by avoiding the mall and bigbox stores I can't tell you the last time I have stepped foot in the mall- if only I could avoid Naartjie online sigh)
Seriously I know I have a long way to go but I know how far I have come (pat, pat! no more high interest credit cards for me!) so hopefully some day (sooner rather than later) I will get there (or at least head in that direction at a faster pace?)
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