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Cash spending: Update

October 30th, 2013 at 01:52 pm


I'm learning to like cash. There is something interesting about visually seeing the green that is left when you spend.

I did some shopping yesterday, clothing and Christmas.

I have a wedding and the holidays coming up and wanted to upgrade my look. I finally parted with my seasonal Christmas sweaters that I've worn (oh, forever, looking back at pictures my sweater never changed, though the kids got bigger!). I found a dress very similar to one I wore at my son's Communion in April. It was $80 reduced to $20. Exact same style, just a dark green. I was very pleased with this and feel that since it is flattering and comfortable, I'll be willing to wear it more. Definitely the wedding and Mass. I might get a scarf with a holiday motif since I admit I am missing the idea of my sweaters.

The boys all needed long sleeved pants and shirt for cold weather. I had a $30 off of $75 coupon for Old Navy. I spent $50.25 and got three long sleeve Ts, two pairs of dress pants (for same wedding and Christmas), and two pairs of athletic pants. Making some progress, but will probably supplement the sweats with more from Walmart.

For Christmas I bought my daughter a VS PINK hoodie. It was $39.00 but I had a $20 gift card, so I did put $22.25 on the VS card because I was a few dollars away from another gift card. I have an additional $10 off card that I will use toward a T-shirt purchase for a birthday gift ($19.50-$10 puts it in the right price range for birthday gift to open).

I stopped at Toys R Us and had a coupon for $5 off of $25. I bought the Monsters University movie (on sale for $14.99) and a wii-game character for $13.99. I spent $25 for both of those items after coupon.

I spent from the clothing envelope and used some spare cash I had put aside for Christmas purchase.

The interesting thing about cash is, once it is gone, it is gone. Unlike the debit card and the balance that is somewhere out there. I am definitely a concrete thinker, and like the concreteness of this.

4 Responses to “Cash spending: Update”

  1. snafu Says:

    I think it's wonderful that your experiment with cash/envelop system is working for you. Since change often meets resistance, I'm impressed that your DH is aboard and making suggestions to improve function. Kudos to you both.

  2. PNW Mom Says:

    I too have a few seasonal Christmas sweaters that it is probably time to part with....lol

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    You got some great deals. Glad the cash system is working for you. That dress sounds great!! We just weeded through our master bedroom closet and I pull two shirts that I know my husband wore a lot when our girls were toddlers, he may have had them even longer. I don't want to see them again!!

  4. beawealthywarrior Says:

    I have also been experimenting with using cash only over the last couple of months and I love it now! It definitely makes things easier. The only time I've used my debit card this month is for gas purchase. Glad its working for u also!!

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