Frugal Friday – NO BUY JULY!

This is my first post in Frugal Friday – this post will occur on Fridays and be me sharing various frugal ideas that I have!  Its a tough economy and it seems like everyone I know is working at least two jobs or saving for something or paying off student loans (thanks grad school! lol) but we are all watching our money a little closer than we did before.

*This is by far my most “personal” post ever so…here it goes!*

It’s no secret to my friends and family that I love a good deal.  As a matter of fact I follow various money saving bloggers and vloggers who share with their readers coupon match ups and links for super cheap or free products from stores.  My favorite might be matching a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon (target is the one I use this for the most) and get something crazy cheap or in some cases they pay me the coupon overage and I actually make a few cents on the transaction!

This month I tried something I’ve heard others do but it is so radical to me that honestly, I didn’t know if I could do it!  And now I’m over half way thru my first ever NO BUY month!  There are two exceptions to my rule – I can buy groceries and gas for my car.  I can “shop” all I want but I cannot buy anything for myself that does not fall into the two categories I mentioned.   I should point out to you a couple things that may aide in my ability to do this 1) I’m single and 2) no kids.  If I had a family I think this could be harder for me but maybe not?!  Mom-Friends do think it would be a challenge?  My post is just based on personal experience.

My hardest challenge by far is walking into my favorite stores like JC Penneys or Kohls or Target and not buying makeup, jewelry, or clothes.   Some might say – just avoid the stores – and for the most part I have.  However, I’m also an avid online shopper and emails suck me in so I knew I couldn’t “avoid” shopping.  My method was to allow myself to “LOOK” and I might put things into a cart but  never hit buy.  To be honest – it was hard not to click buy but I reminded myself that its “no buy July” and I can get by with the tons of clothes and jewelry that I already own!

I’ll write a follow up in a couple weeks letting you know what I’ve learned from this experience and share my thoughts.

Have you ever done something like this?  Any ideas you’d like to share on your own frugality or what your favorite money saving tip is?

Thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck and have a wonderful day!

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