Entertaining the idea of spending less

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Welcome to our month long buy less plan! Read here to get caught up on what’s going on.

Day: 15

Product: If money is really tight the one category that you can almost totally cut out is entertainment. Entertainment is sure fun (that is the point after all) but we don’t need to spend money on it if we don’t have it. Even if you do have extra money it’s still a good idea to limit the amount you spend on entertainment.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t have entertainment. I am all for fun/engaging recreation time to either bond you with family for friends or relax and rejuvenate (or both.)

The thing is, the best entertainment is totally free.

Example time.

A few weeks ago we were driving home from somewhere and Mr. WW noticed a Bald Eagle flying majestically through the sky. He pointed it out and we craned our necks to view this amazing creature as he flew right over us

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—and then dropped the hugest-wettest-longest-spreadingest poo we had ever seen. This was like a firework, people. It was disgusting. But boy were we entertained.

Somewhere a Bald Eagle is pooing right now. If you’re out and about you might be able to see it. Doesn’t that thought make you want to put away your screen right now and get out in nature?

Okay, fine. Maybe eagle poo is not your thing, but there are so many other opportunities outside of our stuff. It’s good for us.

For the rest of the week my product to buy less of will focus on entertainment to go along with this theme. Don’t buy more things to keep your interest. Find interest in your world around you. You never know what might just fall in your lap when you go out discovering.

Reason for spending less: Stubbing your toe hurts. You want less chances of stubbing a toe.

Suggestion: Buy generic. Just do it. You don’t need a leprechaun making your cereal in order for it to provide you your morning nutrition (In fact, it’s best NOT to have a leprechaun be responsible for your morning nutrition.)

Do this: for the next month buy EVERYTHING generic. By the end of the month if you’ve found that you really are miserable without that special name, go back… to the store and pick another cheap brand.

So many generic products are actually even produced at the same plant as the name brand stuff and just packaged differently. If one off brand doesn’t fit the bill just try another. You may just be surprised to find that the desire to have the name is only in your head (put there by expert advertisers of course.)

I like doing my grocery shopping at Aldi. This chain only offers their brands so it’s all very inexpensive but I have not run into anything that seems sub-par. It’s nice to not have to worry about making a decision there. Need mayonnaise? Just go get it. There’s only one kind there.

Aldi also offers a lot of products in a clean and neat but pared down environment. Best of all, they think like me. Offering plastic bags and carry out service to their customers is expensive, so they just don’t do it. Bring your own bags and return your own cart to the store when you’re done (to get your quarter back.)

There are very few products I buy outside of Aldi. It’s a plan that is simple and easy yet good quality and good on the budget. Yay.

If you don’t have an Aldi close just do the second best thing and always bend over to get that off brand product instead of the flashy one pressuring you right in your face.

photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/84992687@N00/3301666984″>soaring on Sunday</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a&gt; <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/”>(license)</a&gt;

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