There are always good sales in July.
Actually, these days there are good sales in every month, but I especially notice the good ones in July. That’s when I’m trying not to spend any money.
During a No Spend Month, I don’t set foot inside a mall. Not that I go to the mall very often during a normal month. In fact, I don’t even like to shop at Target. (Am I allowed to say that on the internet? It’s true. Please don’t throw things at me.)
One day last week I surprised my daughter with a trip to the mall so she could run around the children’s play area. All of a sudden, I saw lots of stuff that I didn’t even realize I needed until I saw them on sale. Especially sales for children’s clothes.
Just a couple of days earlier I had congratulated myself on having fewer baby clothes this time around. Maybe it’s due to having a boy instead of a girl. He has enough clothes for one week before the drawer is empty and I wash the laundry. Fewer clothes means everything is well-worn and there will be less to sort and store later.
It certainly doesn’t hinder the cuteness to have fewer clothes:
But that day I was faced with tiny pants at 50 percent off, and I started to waver.
I almost buckled. I tried to justify them. I tried to think of a reason to need them. Perhaps he didn’t need them right now, but what if I bought the next size up?
Fortunately, I knew what clothes we had in the next size. The way I store children’s clothes is quite likely organizational overkill, but it works and the clothes stay organized.
I chose not to buy them, and I thought about the clothes we already had instead.
It’s not easy to let go of the chance to buy something nice at a great price. There’s a thrill involved.
If I bought those pants, I could have saved 50 percent. By not buying them, I saved 100 percent.
Doug and I decided a while ago that we were done buying things for the apartment. We’ve decided it is good enough. We could still be thinking of improvements, or ways to change it up, but we think it’s done. That’s a benefit to having a small home: it doesn’t take much to furnish, and you don’t want it to be cluttered.
In the same way, I don’t feel like I need any more new clothes. I’ve been trying to put the theory that “less is better” into practice and wear what I have.
I even did less grocery shopping this month, so we could eat more of the food we have on hand.
You cannot have a simple life or a simple home unless you can pass up a sale or choose to miss a bargain.
You won’t be surrounded by a lot of extra stuff, and that’s worth more than discounts.
Besides, there will always be another good sale.