I get teased by my friends for being “too” frugal. Is it really too frugal to have the same bathroom rugs for 17 years before throwing them out a few years ago? Am I the only one? I mean they were still in great shape and did the job. Plus bath rugs are expensive, don’t you think? I seriously think I had heart palpitations when the set of 2 that I really liked were $40! Sometimes I think my “money mindset” is still set back in the 80′s.
Or what about the fact that last year I was beyond thrilled to finally get new kitchen mats for in front of the stove and sink and a few new packages of dishtowels. I posted a status on facebook about it being the little things that make me happy. I got a few funny comments. Am I the only one that stays out of stores unless I need something?
You know like Target or Walmart. I very rarely go….but when I do I have a list of specific needs, and by needs I usually mean something for the kids: like clothing, shoes or school items, and even if I see things I “want” or maybe we kinda need for the house….I can’t justify spending the money if they aren’t a “true” need. Shopping for me is not a recreational activity….I’d rather be outdoors in the fresh air, not cooped up under flourescent lighting.
I think it’s important to recognize true wants and needs. It’s very easy to walk into one of those stores and drop over $100 by not really thinking about every item you put in the cart. Asking yourself a few questions…do I already have this? If not, do I really need it or is there something else I can make work at home? Can we get by without it till next month….sometimes just delaying a purchase helps your budget that month OR makes you realize you had something else that would work at home….OR that you already had it at home and had forgotten about it.
One of my very favorite mottos that I really strive to live by is, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” I think it’s an old adage from the Depression era, but really holds true today.
I’d heard of Ikea years ago from my cousin and good friend Amy. She’d always stop into Ikea when she was in Chicago. I finally got to check one out for myself a few years ago when we were making trips down to Ft. Lauderdale every week for my little one’s helmet adjustments. My mom and I had so much fun!
If you’ve never been, Ikea is known for quality items at budget friendly prices. They have everything…and I mean everything! Everyone that visits Ikea becomes a new convert. They also have a place to drop your kids off for childcare if they are certain ages/heights so they can play while you shop….gotta love that! And don’t even get me started on their little cafe. Yes, we even had lunch there, but I’ll have to save that post for another time.
So when I spotted the Ikea next to the mall on our way out for the Saturday night mixer, and then found out Michelle had never been to one….I knew we’d have to hit it up together! She was game and I’m SO glad we did! Michelle was in heaven!! See? Another convert! I had so much fun watching her have fun….you know it’s the little things with me.
Since I was away on my first “foodie/girlfriend” weekend and my first “girlfriend” weekend ever, I let myself get a little crazy when loading up my cart. I still went and put quite a few things back, and that’s not to say I didn’t really think through each purchase….but it was SO much fun just buying stuff for the kitchen that made this cook happy!! Just look at all my finds…..all this for $60! Also included in this price were 2 gifts (toys…see everything!) I picked up for my twin baby nephews. I told you you’d love the prices!!
The skillet you see pictured was a definite need since my other large one was warped. Did you know not to get a hot skillet wet or it warps the pan? I sure didn’t. So glad I know now! The tart pan was a purely whimsical want, but boy have I used it, and you can’t beat the price at $7.99! Plus I love how cute it looks, don’t you? Those spatulas and pasta spoon were under $1 each.
These really cool glasses were only 59 cents each! YES….59 cents! It took all my self-control to not pick up 10 of them!
What about these colorful and cute sauce bowls. I use them to whip up dipping sauces almost daily. There were 4 in a pack for something like $1.99 or $2.99.
What about this cute little creamer? 2.99 I think….Michelle bought the same one!
Tell me your Ikea experiences? Do you have an Ikea close to where you live? What are your favorite Ikea finds? If you haven’t been, doesn’t it sound like somewhere you’d want to check out?