I know this has been said many times, but I am going to say it again. The best way to be frugal is to stay home.
I have reasoned that this must be true, because if you can't see what everyone is standing in line for at the mall, then you can't wish you had one too. Right?
We lived in a small town, one hour from a city with a mall, for the past six and a half years. Our little town had a Wal Mart Super Center and an Albertson's grocery store.
And that is it.
If Wal Mart didn't carry it, I didn't need it, because if you think I would pile seven children in a car and drive for an hour to then shop with them in tow, well then, you hardly know me.
Now that we have moved, we live in a small town once more, a little closer to a much larger city. Our small town has a Wal Mart Super Center, but it doesn't have a fabric department, so I was forced this week to drive to town to find some fabric for our traditional Christmas pajamas.
There is lots of... stuff in the city.
As I drove toward my destination I couldn't help thinking, "Ooooh! Garden Ridge Pottery! I haven't been there in years. LOOK at all those cars in the parking lot. There must be something I neeeeeeed there. BED, BATH, AND BEYOND!!! That is where I can find four matching comforters for the girls' room! STEINMART!!! I LOVE YOU, STEINMART!!!"
It took all my will power to drive past all those places, even though before I saw them I hadn't given a moments thought to needing anything they had.
Then, when I got to the fabric store, I noticed the ladies shopping there all seemed to have manicured nails and trendy purses and trouser jeans.
So, it got me to thinking that maybe my GINORMOUS bright floral diaper bag is just a touch past its prime. Not to mention out of season. Hello? Spring? You mean you have left me?
I did break down and buy myself a purse that doesn't scream, "SPRING!" and "I GOT THIS AT A BABY SHOWER! IT'S A GIRL!"
It did amaze me to think of all the money we can save by simply staying home.
And being out of style.
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