2010 just started. but in 2009 i learned to spend much more wisely, and still get about the same satisfaction...maybe more. i don't buy new clothes, SOMETIMES i buy a pair of yoga pants at wal mart (the girls dept is CHEAP and easily wearable for petite girls, should i be embarrased?) so i learned to wear kids clothes, and shop more thrift stores.
NO starbucks, but if i need a coffee out i get 7-11 coffee, its waaaayy cheaper and they have free extra shots and creamer, marshmallows, syrups, you name it. wowza! and coffee at home, of course.
i guess i pretty much don't buy anything anymore. but what i do buy retains its novelty value, like a playstation 3...internet...coffee maker...paints...and so on...
people need to lower their expectations and reevaluate their needs vs wants. in my experience personally having less and thus lower expectations makes for a more content albeit simple lifestyle. costa rica is the happiest place on earth and look how "little" they have from the average american's perspective....
Well, let's see...I'm unemployed but got my taxes back fast so...
I paid for my college classes (they weren't eligible for financial aid) I purchased the books & software for the classes starting next month I bought a laptop & accessories I got my son a new cell phone (don't know why he's having difficulty with them) Bought a digital camera - so I can upload pics to HubPages (eventually) Got caught up with a few bills
and the remainder of my taxes? Spend as frugally as possible!
I have actually been spending more the past 18-24 months, mainly because I am making a lot more money now. I don't spend extravagntly or buy things on a whim just because I have money. I consider myself very lucky to be in this position.
Im spending more because of the tax breaks here in the UK. But that is the whole idea of Government initiative. I am trying to make the most of the breaks whilst it lasts... when the next Government comes in things will become tight and there will be a great social change.
We decided to go green and crack down hard. We sold one car and are learning how to get by on one vehicle. It's been hard, but we've made it work. We get up a lot earlier and I drive my wife to work, then go to work myself. We both pack a lunch, and I pick her up when the work day is over. We have to really work at coordinating car use, but it's going good. We used proceeds from one to pay off the other, and so now, instead of two car payments...we have none.