Yesterday I popped into the grocery store to pick up a few things I needed. I had a list. I had my coupons and my points card. But I needed a couple of specific things (President's Choice products) that meant I needed a store in the Loblaw family. The closest one is a big Real Canadian Superstore. With a great Joe Fresh section. Did you know it's winter clearance season? This is not good.
I was fairly restrained, as I usually am. But I did buy a black cotton sweater and a navy long-sleeve tee. They were marked down to $4.94 each, and I couldn't resist! Excellent basics that will definitely get good wear. But did I actually need them? When I got home I realised I had just broken one of Gail's Money Rules. Rule #17 Needs Must Come Before Wants.
Do I need warm clothes? Absolutely yes. Both for personal comfort and general legal reasons. But did I need a new sweater or long-sleeve tee this week? Um, no. So, although they cost just under $10 together, instead of their original $40 or whatever, there are certainly no savings represented in that purchase. That was $10 I didn't need to spend. Gail does not preach complete self-denial of any treats, but this was definitely an impulse purchase that was not in the planned budget. So I also broke Rule #25 Never Impulse-Shop. I went off-list. Something to think about.
I do try to be careful on the clothing front, watching for sales, buying re-sale, and selling gently-used kids' clothes when I can. And I take care of our clothes as well, hand-washing where needed, and carefully separating colours and fabric weights to prolong their life. Plus I use a quality laundry detergent to get my clothes clean and stain-free the first time. I'm a Tide girl, and I've been using their pods since the product hit the market. Yes, they are a little more costly than other Tide formulations, but since they are pre-measured I don't have to worry about using too much and wasting detergent. I only ever wash a full load, so the pods work great for me.
In March, P&G is coming out with a new, value laundry product - Tide Simply Fresh & Clean. It has the cleaning power of baking soda and gets deep down into the fibers of your garments to remove the particles that cause odours. Dirt out, Odour out, Great Value! All from a trusted brand like Tide. Using an effective and efficient laundry detergent helps keep costs low because you avoid having to pre-treat and/or rewash to remove stains and odours. And since Tide works great in cold water, you can save on your energy bill as well.
If I can keep my and my family's clothes in great shape, we can keep them longer and reduce the amount we spend on re-furbishing our wardrobes. Well, at least for those of us who have stopped growing. Boo will be continually (and frequently) growing out of his clothes for a while yet. But, if they remain in top shape I can re-coup some of their cost through resale. Now I just need to curb my impulse to buy new sweaters ...
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