Go Shopping In Your Own Home

When we get bored or stressed, some of us tend to head for the stores to look for something to do. Maybe we want a new book, a new CD, or a new movie. Maybe we want new clothes so we can jazz up our wardrobe. Maybe a new board or video game will do the trick. This quest for new stuff might alleviate the boredom or the stress for a while, but it can get expensive and lead to a lot of clutter in your house. The next time you feel the urge for something new, try going shopping in your own home, first.

What do I mean by shopping in your own home? Many of us (except the most disciplined of people) buy things that we never get around to using. We buy books and forget about them or don’t hav


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5 Responses to Go Shopping In Your Own Home

  1. InDebtAndHatingIt says:

    I absolutely LOVE this post. What a great idea. After I read your article, I looked around my office and can immediately find 3 books I bought and have never read. I’ll have to remember your thoughts when I am bored and want to go out and get “something”

  2. Hilary says:

    This is why I always hesitate to go through my closet and throw stuff out I haven’t worn in a while. It’s often that stuff that I “discover” when shopping in my own home. It’s always such a thrill to find something “new” that didn’t cost anything!

  3. You are so right, we should turn the whole house inside out and see what we really have, what we forgot about too!

    John DeFlumeri Jr

  4. Susan says:

    That’s what I love about these frugal sites, the ideas are inspirational and so helpful!! I’m paying off my last credit card in February, but that doesn’t mean I plan to live any differently. Life is more meaningful and interesting living this way.

  5. Gail says:

    When I became disabled, my lifestyle changed radically. I no longer had the energy to go shopping even if I wanted to, but I still wanted to save money so I pulled out stuff I had been given as gifts and had saved, unused, ‘for good’, for instance, cloth napkins. I find I am much more free about using things that were always put aside. Don’t we deserve the good stuff all the time? I wonder if that is why so many have the urge to shop and then put things away when they get they home. There is a huge generation of us that always had to save stuff for good, so even if you buy, you can’t bring yourself to use it.

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