Thursday, 20 September 2012

Thrifty Thursday - is it goodbye?

I've been sadly neglectful of my blog recently though for happy reasons in the main. Over the past year its been incredibly tough in many many ways but it seems like we can finally see the light. Son 1 has now started school
and seems happy. Son 2 is sleeping well and not getting up ridiculously early. I have a part time job I love and another job working from home for the lovely Twinkl which fits in wonderfully with my child care needs. There are a few other things going on here and there but in general things are finally on the up. To top things off we've finally made the last payment on a car loan that was killing us every month.

It might seem ironic then in a time when we are doing well financially that I would be writing a post about thrift! However have you ever noticed that it's the people who are really well off that are the most stingy, I mean frugal....

For my part I now no longer worry about money, I buy things without feeling awful and guilty. We can plan for the future and think about what we want to do. Yes it must be true that money doesn't buy happiness and anyway, good health is everything . But along with our good fortune has also come an end to my terrible heartburn, so maybe good fortune and good health are closely linked.

The weird thing is though - now I am much happier in all aspects of my life, I no longer look at online stores, I no longer yearn to buy things, suddenly I don't need all that to make me feel good anymore. So what does that mean, why do we buy things and is it in the interest of the high street to make us anxious and unhappy, is that what makes us spend?!

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  1. I do think that a certain amount of shopping for non-essentials is to do with feelings of inadequacy. It's as if we could buy happiness by owning the right things and more of them. I wonder what promotes more shopping - anxiety or happy, carefree and flush people?

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    1. I think it's anxiety! some of it anyway: can I look better, be better, act better! I think the music doesn't help, it makes me feel panicked. And all the people too! I just grab things and buy. Then take back later of course!

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  2. Sorry, I forgot to say that I'm glad things have sorted themselves out for you guys and that everything is better.

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    1. Thanks, it's been a very hard year but thankfully things are on the up now. x

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  3. I'm really pleased things are going well for you. You have worked hard for your sucess and really deserve it! I do think that the richest people are the tightest though. Its why the aristocracy always go around in 30 year old volvos and wear frayed tweed!!

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    1. That's true about the tweed! I was talking to someone really posh a few weeks ago, then I looked down and noticed the souls were coming off his shoes. Apparently this is a sign of being truly posh! Reminded me of the sort of person who would own a £120,00 beach house! xx

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  4. I thik we often tyearn for thinsg we have not got and that why when we are in a postion to get them the yearning stills, I'm not sure why..the hope it will make us happier to be somewhere somehow different?

    Anyways just to say I have just started a linky over at family budgeting on dressing well for less so do still share your fabulous clothes budgeting posts even if you no longer do this thrifty thursday. can I share the link (if not just delete me:))http://family-budgeting.co.uk/2012/09/23/dressing-well-on-a-budget-linky-ready-for-woolly-tights/

    Becky x

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    1. Hi Becky, Yes you are right the yearning never goes away. No matter what I buy or how much I spend I am never satisfied. I don't even know who I am trying to impress? Is it myself? It seems to be more habit than anything. I wish I had another cheaper interest!

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