I menu plan and shop fortnightly. I bulk cook so there’s always something easy and ready. I bulk shop for durable items on offer. Recently, it was laundry liquid at a hugely reduced price, sometimes, it’s loo rolls, shampoo or bleach. I’m organised so I never run out and have to run to the shops for one it.
I plan journeys and use the car wisely and drive at a reasonable speed to maximise fuel efficiency and reduce braking. I fill the car with fuel fortnightly and never use it for short journeys which are always walked. All this means that I can go from one day to the next without any money in my pocket. I can look at my bank statement and see very few transactions or withdrawals. I don’t shop as a pastime…………I walk, sew, knit, draw, dog walk, garden, clean, read……. any thing but flamin’ shopping! We have free days out and know where walks have free parking. We take home made cake and flask of tea. We sit on picnic benches and take in the view and enjoy each other’s company.
I try and make thirteen out of fourteen days no spend days. The less I spend, the more I make the most of what I have. If I think I need or want something, I’ll leave it for a few days. The feeling either passes or I forget what it was so it couldn’t have been important.