As much as I try to stay within a very strict budget for everyday life, the gift giving winter season is always a difficult challenge. It seems like I do great figuring terrific gifts, and then suddenly end up losing steam and spending more than anyone who calls herself “The Non-Consumer Advocate” ever should.
But I realize that it’s a two steps forward, one step back kind of situation. In other words, it’s still progress.
I find a huge bag of high end (and never used) rubber stamps at Goodwill for $4.99, perfect for my nine-year-old niece, and then I fail at finding a thrifted winter coat for my fifteen-year-old son, and end up shelling out $89 for one at the Columbia Sportswear outlet store. (I can’t let my frugal leanings outweigh my son’s need for warm winter wear, especially since we just completed a week of low teen temperatures.) I looked through four, count ’em four thrift shops plus the Buffalo Exchange consignment shop, and still came up empty handed!
Brrr . . .
Grrr . . .
Sigh . . .
I know it’s not realistic to think that I can be frugal 100% of the time, but it still really bugs me, as I just know that buying new will guarantee that I find a great used coat the instant I give up.
Oh well . . .
My son now has his warm winter coat, and I can move forward and into my eighth year of following The Compact and trying to only buy used.
95% is still better than 0%.
Ninety five steps forward, five steps back.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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