Even though we are credit card debt free, Husband and I are continuing to live in this style. In fact, this month we started again (third times the charm right?) to track our expenses using a spreadsheet. In the past we have tried this method, been "too"
So of course to add to the irony, while shopping I found two pairs of fall and winter boots. If anyone knows me, you know I only shop frugally. Most of the time, if I can't buy good quality then I won't buy at all. Husband usually doesn't worry when I say I am out shopping because he knows I look but rarely buy. Remember above when I said my last clothing purchase was in July? In fact, I had not bought new boots since before I met Husband so I was way overdue. With the purpose of buying jeans, it was a complete accident I found two pairs of boots in one shopping trip. One pair of boots is black leather and the other pair is tan with thick wool lining. The second pair is basically UGG knockoffs but a nice knockoff. Today when wearing them for the first time someone even asked me if I bought new UGGs.
I'm not saying that Husband and I live 100% strictly to our budget, we are just careful spenders. Being frugal is fun to me. It is like a game and I enjoy the hunt for the best bargain I can find.
Wednesday night I went to look at the Yankee candles in Karstadt. (a department store) I had been wanting a pumpkin candle to bring a bit a fall smell into our home. There were not any pumpkin candles but I did find that the Vanilla Chai scent was nice. Then, I looked at the price... I couldn't justify spending 22 Euros on the medium jar! I know the Yankee candles are imported and scented candles are hard to find in Germany, but that comes to around $30... for a candle! So Saturday when I found a pumpkin candle at TKMaxx for only 8 Euros, I couldn't resist! And yes, it smells great!
One thing is certain, our spending habits have changed since moving to Germany. Once in awhile we do take a weekend trip or occasionally I might buy a Pumpkin Spice Latte but Husband and I are now more mindful of where our money goes. Wish us luck as we try the spreadsheet method once again!
Make Life Affordable,