This thought hit me recently. Not unlike Oprah's Ah Ha Moment this was, however, my "Duh Moment". When I leave home I spend $$$...the market, gas station, drug store, post office, doctor's office and that's not counting when I leave home actually planning to spend money, when I go out to a restaurant, movie, concert or for some intentional shopping.
Wait for it.....I have a plan....let's never leave our houses again! Nah...of course, that's not practical. What is practical though is to look at our spending from a different perspective. There is the necessary spending...food, gas, health care, clothing (in moderation)...you get the picture. And there is the optional spending...the things that are fun but not actually necessities. Like the latte' you stop for on the way to work or the umpteenth black turtle neck you just had to have (speaking to myself here).
Never leaving the house doesn't solve the problem of shopping online or tuning in to the shopping channel. You're on your own there but just remember...perspective...is it necessary or is it not? Stay away from the Unnecessaries. (the computer thinks this is not a word...if it wasn't before....it is now!)
Now I want to introduce us to some options we have when we really want to get out of the house but don't want to spend $$$.
-visit the library
-visit a friend
-visit a family member
-go to free concerts and art exhibits
-take a walk or hike
-go to the park
***walk to the park with a friend or family member and read a book you got at the library, they may be having a free concert