Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Over the last few years we’ve developed a simple strategy for shopping; we have to LOVE it before we can BUY it. Liking it is never an option because too often it will find it’s way into our donation pile. I really LOVE this strategy because it keeps us from spending money just to spend money. It also makes us wait and save for things we really LOVE instead of just settling on something to get us by.

Since moving we have a lot of space to fill and a lot of work to do with the house. We know it's new, but just because it's new doesn't make it our own. We have many ideas of what we want it to be, but that doesn't happen over night as much as we'd like that to happen. Owning a home and making it your own should be an ongoing project. Right now many of our walls are bare, there are no rugs or fun toss pillows and it's because we are shopping to LOVE, not to like or fill the space. On top of all that we're sticking to a budget and trying to focus on one or two rooms at a time. 

So what's our strategy when we are shopping? Here's four questions we ask ourselves before dropping the cash. 
1. Do we need it? Just because we may want something doesn't mean we need it. This can be tricky especially if you're shopping in the moment because that's when most needless and reckless purchases are made. 

2. Can we afford it? Sticking to a budget is hard work! We still struggle with this like so many, but you have to stay strong. Waiting until you have the money saved for a bigger purchase is so much sweeter than just adding it to a credit card and feeling trapped by a payment each month. 

3. Where is it going? It has to have a home or else {in our case} it sits, and then eventually gets put away in a closet and is forgotten. If it's something you want so bad, then it better have a home of its own.

4. Do we love it? Just like I mentioned at the beginning, we have to love it, not like it. Liking it or even really liking it is not an option. 

It took us awhile to learn how to shop this way. It has helped us save money because it makes us aware of what we're spending. We use this strategy for almost all of our shopping: furniture, decorative accents & accessories, even clothing. We hope this helps and remember shop to LOVE!


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