How to Save Money When Shopping

It is so easy to overspend when shopping. It is said one should shop with cash, shop when not hungry, shop with a list. Even when I do all the above, the temptation is still there. The bottom line is to conjure up the willpower before the cashier rings everything up. Here is my shopping victory from last week.

Here is what I DIDN’T buy: a Playmobil firetruck, a Magna doodle, a craft kit, a puzzle, a Shavuot craft. Next store: Mike and Ikes, fruit chews, frozen spinach, ice cream, chocolate milk, ice pops, pomegranate syrup, and chocolate covered rice cakes.

My one semi-regret was the icepops because it was 99 degrees outside and anything I can get into the family to keep hydrated is very important. I did make my own pops by freezing juice in ice cube trays and in small plastic cups. It was a big hit with the kids. Making the pops was a little more time intensive than buying them. Yet on the other hand it more environmentally friendly and I saved money.

It’s not easy to say no. I could have spent hundreds of shekels in a matter of minutes, but I didn’t. That is a victory because it is so much easier to say yes.

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