Throughout these last few years it's been far too easy to spend money on things that I could quite easily have done without.
Before the web there was a gap between thinking we wanted something and making our way into town to find it and buy it. We would browse the shops and if we saw something we fancied it was only bought if we could really afford it. If not we waited, and nine times out of ten by the time we had the money we realised we didn't really want it anyway.
Now, however, it's far too easy to visit shops whilst in our own sitting room and impulse buy. Not that I have ever regretted buying anything I have, but there is a lot I have bought that I really didn't need. Nowadays I don't even look at my bank balance before I click to buy. I dread to think of the money I have spent on line these last few years that I simply wouldn't have spent if online shopping didn't exist.
I have therefore decided that 2015 is going to be different.
Before I spend any money I am going to give myself a period of time to think about whether it is necessary. Is this just a treat for myself or do I actually need it. I am also going to think whether I could make do and mend, as we did in the old days, rather than buy new.
What has given me the idea to skimp and scrape and make do and mend is that yesterday I had been scouring Amazon.co.uk looking for some lounging trousers to wear indoors. This is to save on outdoor clothing and also washing. It's so much easier to wash and wear lounging indoor clothes than washing and drying good quality outdoor clothing. Wearing an outfit simply to pop to the shop if one changes out of it on arriving home, then that same outfit can be worn two or three times before needing washing again.
The trouble with buying clothes via Amazon one can never be certain of the quality of the clothing, or the sizing. Many shops on Amazon will use the S. M. and L. for sizing and one can order an M or L. only to discover that the size turns out to be smaller than even an S.
I then began to think how I would be better off making my own lounging pyjamas or trousers. I decided that instead of hunting Amazon for trousers I would order a dressmaking pattern. This I did and I'm now waiting for it to arrive.
I then thought how I could save even more money if, instead of buying new material I went and bought sheets and duvets from the second hand shops and use that material. When I volunteered for the Samaritans we had stacks of really good quality, and in good condition bedding. Sheets and duvets give plenty of material to make a pair of lounging pyjamas/trousers.
I am lucky in as much as there is a lot of money in and around this area, which means that our second hand shops have really nice quality stuff donated. I am looking forward to visiting those shops and finding a bargain ready to make a start on my first pair of loungers.