Becoming Debt Free in 2009

February 10, 2009

I’m becoming frugal

Filed under: Budget,Frugal,Journey to Debt Freedom,Shopping — ambercouric @ 9:58 am

I’m one of those people that when I need / want something I usually go get it.  One blessing for us is that I don’t like to shop.  Also, I am not one of the people who needs to keep up with the Joneses.  I made a decision yesterday that looking back on it – I’m quite surprised and excited by it.

So what did I do that was so special?  I sewed a big hole in my son’s comforter.  The stitching had come loose and I went and bought a spool of thread (no, I didn’t have one – I’ve never sewed anything) and hand sewed the entire side.  I must say that Kennedy was impressed with my sewing.  I took home economics in 7th grade and that was the only time I have ever had a needle and thread in my hand.

For me the major shift here was in my thinking.  Six months ago I would have gone out and purchased a new comforter even though I would have used cash I would have been spending money.  This is one of the first times  I can really say that my actions are becoming in line with my goals as far as money goes.

Oh yeah, I saved at least $100.



  1. Doesn’t it feel great! You accomplished something, tackled a new skill, impressed your son and saved $100. I don’t know why the word frugal often has a negative connotation. Great job.

    Comment by Miss M — February 10, 2009 @ 10:06 am

  2. I can relate to this. I thought my spending was under control but I have really tightened it down in the last month. Posting my progress on my blog and having to stare every transaction in the fact in has really influenced me to think before I spend even a penny. The other night I took my son to a talent show at school. The tickets read, “free snack and drink at intermission included.” I was disappointed when the food table ladies told me that was incorrect; that had been for the earlier show only. (WTH??) They were selling food now, and I mean Chick-fil-A sandwiches that someone had just fetched; still warm.

    I bought one for my son and was going to get one also, out of reflex: Buying food in pairs; people typically buy two if there are two people involved. But I realized that I was trying not to eat fast food and I didn’t need to buy one just because he was eating (he had not eaten dinner yet so it made sense; I would have bought one for him anyway just because I’m nice that way – most of us are when it comes to our kids.) But I was just as happy to skip it and not have to reconcile another $3.50 spent the next day. I was not truly hungry and that wouldn’t have been my first choice, so why buy it, just because it’s there?

    I sure do sound cheap, huh? I’ll buy things when I really want to, but not just out of reflex anymore. I think before I spend now.

    Comment by 444 — February 10, 2009 @ 10:31 am

  3. I had a pile of clothes sitting in the corner of my room that needed minor sewing repairs (buttons, seam repairs). In the past I would have either 1) taken them to the dry cleaner and have them fix it or 2) gone out and bought new or new to me.

    I spent about 30 minutes one day making these repairs and all of sudden, I have 5 pieces of clothing to add to my wardrobe!

    Comment by bouncing back betty — February 10, 2009 @ 10:52 am

  4. Good for you. I haven’t picked up a needle and thread since 7th grade home economics either.

    Comment by Money MInder — February 10, 2009 @ 11:50 am

  5. Hi there-a very inspirational post my dear. I’m trying to be more frugal too, particularly as I want 2 of my loans paid off in November-this motivates me to keep my head down and cut out on the unnecessary expensive stuff.

    Comment by sharon rose — February 10, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

  6. Yeah! Good for you. My new frugal thing is to take my son’s ripped up jeans and cut them into patches to re-enforce the knees of his still decent jeans. He’s a 5 year old very rough and tumble kid who goes through the knees of his jeans about twice a month. I’m really excited to try something that will stop the constant money bleeding of buying him new pants. I think the money I spend on notions will pay for itself with one pair of rescued pants. I never would have tried this a year ago.

    Comment by Angie — February 10, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

  7. And this is why everybody should know how to sew a straight line and attach a button. I hear about people who buy new clothes just because a button popped off. Seriously? You people are crazy! It’s just a button!

    Comment by Slinky — February 10, 2009 @ 12:55 pm

  8. That is so cool. Good for you. Doesn’t it feel good?

    Angie – that’s a great idea too.

    I definitely repair my clothes – re-sew buttons, rips, etc. I’m not very good at it but it gets the job done.

    Comment by Saver Queen — February 10, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

  9. You should feel proud of yourself. Changing your mindset/habits that is the biggest challenge of all!

    Comment by missy — February 10, 2009 @ 7:56 pm

  10. Good job! I have a hard enough time just threading the needle, much less sewing.

    Comment by Over the Cubicle Wall — February 10, 2009 @ 8:33 pm

  11. Thanks for all the comments.

    @Miss M – I also don’t know why “frugal” has such a negative connotation. We should make up our own word and always use it with a positive spin.

    @ 444 – I understand what you mean. I never feel obligated to buy food out. I have severe allergies and I can’t eat anything that wasn’t prepared for me. Good for you not buying out of guilt. Also, I really need to get you added to my blogroll. I really enjoy your blog.

    @ bouncing back betty – way to save $$$.

    @ Money Minder – I’m surprised I still remembered what I learned in 7th grade.

    @ Sharon Rose – you have to be the most positive person I’ve met through this blog. I know you will make your goal.

    @ Angie – that is a great idea. We are all growing in this debt reduction process.

    @ Slinky – I hold my head in shame. I was one of those people.

    @ Saver Queen – it does feel good but part of that is the fact that my son was “impressed”. I hope I’m teaching him something in the process.

    @ Missy – yes the mindset is the hardest to change. I’m actually suprised that I thought of it and followed through.

    @ Over the Cubicle Wall – I did think I might have to borrow the husband’s glasses.

    Comment by ambercouric — February 11, 2009 @ 10:29 am

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