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July 12th, 2015 at 07:55 am

So, I'm starting a no-spending week ... or two. I need to curtail spending on everything except necessities to ensure I will come in under budget this month.

Ironic, since Wednesday will be my biggest payday ever! I'll get a $12K payment -- but it is for savings only.

Today I have no obligations, so I will take it easy. I plan to take a walk (before it storms!) and I want to get started on my writing project for the board, even if it's only sorting papers.

I got an appointment reminder from my dentist for an August appointment. My dentist is in my former work town, so about an hour away. Yet I think I might keep him. Finding a dentist you like and trust is not easy. And he's got my history, and it would give me an excuse to visit friends at work. I'll keep this appointment, anyway, and revisit the idea of switching after another six months go by.

Oh, I almost forgot! I wanted to talk about my recent garage sale experience! Yesterday, on the way to my grandson's baseball game, I stopped at a garage sale. Nothing at all was labeled. I picked up five things I was mildly interested in (a bag, a scarf, and three small toys) and asked about prices. The woman in charge seemed unsure, but said that the toys would be $1 each. Well, that's way too much, in my opinion, but then I asked about the scarf. "What do you think?" she said. I said, how about $5 for all? She rolled her eyes and said "No--o-o-o" very sarcastically, and didn't counter. So I put everything back and left. They may have been worth more, but I wasn't interested in paying any more than that. But the rudeness! What a way to treat your customers! Especially when you didn't even bother to price things! Gave me a bad taste all day.

4 Responses to “No Spending”

  1. snafu Says:

    To hold my feet to the fire for no spend days, I've found it helpful to list the categories/items allowed like gas for car, 10 grocery items, gift for X, and do my utmost to spend on the days routine payments go to utilities or CCs.

    If visiting colleagues is part of the trip to the city dental appointment, would it be practical to advance it to September as August is a popular vacation time?

    I'm guessing the yard sale lady is a newbie. I've encountered similar odd behaviour and when I engaged the seller in conversation, learned she had never participated in yard/garage sales, not even as a potential buyer. I think some people use rudeness as a cover-up for fear or embarrassment.

  2. My English Castle Says:

    I think some people aren't cut out for sales! Someone on our local FB group listed an Eiffel Tower lamp for $60; when someone pointed out it was the same lamp (brand and everything) selling at Target new for $34, she got all crazy and fired off a response I suspect she regrets about how cheap people are.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Ha, ha, that's rich! If someone won't pay MORE than retail value, they're cheap? Maybe someone is greedy.

    Snafu, the appointment is late August, after school starts, so I expect most of the staff will be there.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Wow, that really was rude of the lady. What'da ya bet that not much sold that day?

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