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    I have been using the money I got for Christmas and birthday on needs not wants. Last year due to the triple whammy of a new job with a totally different dress code, weight gains and years of not buying clothes (with a fair amount of what I owned being too young for me) I spent $1734.19 on clothes, but this year so far only $10 when our motel did not have laundry facilities and I ran short on clean underwear. It had gone from necessity to retail therapy but I think I am cured.

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    Good work on the clothes, Yppej. That was always an area where I was really, really bad. i used to spend thousands of dollars at Talbot's every year. I have really reined it in the past couple of years, but changed sizes which means I still spent quite a bit ($1127 in 2017 and $1119 in 2016, but double that in 2015 and did not track before that so I'm sure it was even worse). I am challenging myself to stay within $300 in 2018, which I know is still a lot by many peoples' standards, but would be an amazing accomplishment for me. This should be very do-able since I no longer need a corporate wardrobe and I have a lot of good clothing that fits me.
    Now that I'm retired, DH and I are going grocery shopping together early Friday mornings before he goes to work (he used to go alone on Sat afternoon). This is turning out to be a frugal, because I'm pretty disciplined about sticking to the list, and sure you can get a couple of fun extras, but no spending $15 on sugary crap! We are consistently coming in under budget and bringing home more good food. The store is pretty empty at 7 AM on a weekday, and we "divide and conquer," so he picks out cat food while I zip over and grab the dental floss, for example. We are in and out within 30 minutes!
    I can't remember if I mentioned it, but I've picked up a housekeeping gig for a friend of the family, one day every other week for pretty decent money. I figure this can fund recreational items like concert tickets and theater tickets, etc.

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    We went grocery shopping Friday morning, the old people’s time to go, and we ran into two of our neighbors there, also retired. We love the Off Hours shopping ability!

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    I always wished my SOs would go grocery shopping with me but it only happened when I was pregnant. Oh for someone to run for the thing you forgot so you don't have to give up your place in the checkout line!

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    -My DH does all the grocery shopping and my ex did too. I hate to grocery shop. I do make the list however.

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    TT: That was our system until recently.

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    I love grocery shopping! Since I rarely shop - period, it is pretty much my only outlet for purchases. I love making a list, getting digital coupons, searching out sales and seeing how far under (or over) budget I end up.
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    My wife and I have an agreement. She has two part time jobs. I do everything else. Which includes shopping. I don’t mind it because it allows me to practice being frugal. Coupons. Smarter purchases. Last time I saved 8 dollars on an $80 bill. The cashiers are usually pretty impressed with my savings.

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    We love grocery shopping together, but then we work at home, so it gives us something fun to do outside the house.
    There is a starbucks in one of the grocery stores, so sometimes we treat ourselves and drink a coffee at the table and do something civilized like writing Christmas cards, all outside of the house--if you work at home, you know what I mean.
    The other store is fun because of the great bulk food section, and we try to figure out cheaper ways to use that option for things like buckwheat pancakes.

    I think we lead pretty boring lives, when this is our excitement!

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    Update on the amaryllis bulb I bought 0n 1/2/18. Now the plant is blooming after being on the sun porch for 19 days. I have moved it upstairs to a spot where it will receive much less direct sunlight ... to prolong the time it is in bloom.

    I put cedar shavings on top of the growing medium. The "bird" is the remains of a Christmas tree decoration which broke, and I rescued from the trash.

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