Originally Posted by Barbara Jay
I think I need a new approach.
Perhaps total abstinence is not the answer. When you tell yourself that you can't have something, you want it all the more. At least that's how it is for me.
I guess that's why I give myself a small budget every month. That way I don't feel deprived. If I don't spend it all in the budgeted month, I allow myself to carry the extra over. When I have something extra to add to a new month, it feel like a reward.
Remember the GOAL. The goal is not buying only during a sale. The goal is not to buy only when we have a coupon. The goal is not deprivation. The goal is to think about our spending habits and be in control of our purchases.
If no-spending makes you fall off the wagon, then maybe you should consider a super small budget for those months instead.