Even though most of us need to shop for groceries, clothing and other items it is important to keep in mind what we are spending and consider if we need all that we buy.
I have heard of Target being called the $50 store because if you go in for one or two things, you usually come out with $50 worth of items. On one blog I saw a post about a lady that figured out that she had spent $600 at Target in one month, $50 at a time during several stops.
That is part of the reason I attempt to avoid Target, Walmart and other stores unless I am looking for something in particular.
The other day I went to Target for the first time in about 6 months and was able to walk out with the 3 things I went in for and spent under $15.
I realize this kind of shopping doesn’t work for everyone but it is important to see where your money is going. A dollar or two here and there may not seem like a lot but they do add up over time.
I am currently reading the book, The Power of Habit, Why We do what we do in life and business. Part of the book is about how advertisers promote products to make consumers think they need to buy them.