Last week, I had an hour to kill so I went to a nearby Target to look for a high chair so the baby can sit with us at the table. I haven’t browsed at Target for a long time and I forgot how tempting that place could be!
I found a high chair that I liked and then wandered over to look at baby clothes. It’s getting warmer now and we really need some lighter weight clothes for baby RB40. I swear the little guy must be radioactive, he is like a little hot potato all the time. After that I headed over to the kitchen section and saw some slim tower fans on the way.
These new fangle fans are really cool! They take up much less space than the old standing circular oscillating fan and space is at a premium in our 1,000 sq ft condo. Our old fan is about ready to go to a new home.
I made it to the kitchen section without further distraction and saw some new shiny kitchenware. A $20 pressure cooker caught my eyes. I thought these things cost $60, 20 bucks isn’t too bad. I could cook beans and lentils with this! We don’t eat a lot of legumes currently, but I know we should. We could also make baby food and save some money.
Then I saw some knives. We have a 5 inch santoku at home and I saw a colorful 7 inch santoku on display. It looks nice and I would definitely use it. Next to it is a great looking yellow paring knife. drool… I have also been looking for a Dutch oven and there are some nice ones on display.
Luckily, I have been frugal for quite a long time and I left without buying anything. One of the best strategies to minimize spending is to put it off. Whew, I escaped by the skin of my teeth that time. I slept on it for a few days and came back to the store with Mrs. RB40. She is much better at resisting impulse purchases than I am.
In the end, we purchased the high chair, the fan, and a paring knife. If this had been 10 years ago, I would have loaded everything into the shopping cart and charged it all without a second thought. We’ve been cheap since New Year’s and the frugal fatigue is creeping up on us. I’ll have to avoid going into Target unsupervised in the future. 😉
What about you? Have you been hit with frugal fatigue? Should we splurge once in a while so we can help out the economy?
For 2018, Joe plans to diversify his passive income by investing in US heartland real estate through RealtyShares. He has 3 rental units in Portland and he believes the local market is getting overpriced.
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