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Daily struggles of a Frugalite

September 13, 2012

Definition of Frugalite according to Nurse Frugal: one that practices prudence and resourcefulness in order to avoid waste.

Taking pictures with Statues

Hi, my name is Nurse Frugal, and I have a problem!

Being frugal isn’t easy and continues to be a struggle for me. Sure, I have my eye on the prize, but there are so many shiny and expensive distractions that can come between the “spendy” Nurse Frugal, and the “frugal” Nurse Frugal. One of the reasons why I started this blog was to hold myself accountable to the “frugal” lifestyle as we continue with our mortgage payoff. I want to know that I’m not taking crazy pills, and that my shortcomings are relatively universal.  Please help!

Going to your favorite store, with nothing to spend in that category!

Yesterday I went to Marshall’s and Nordstrom Rack, two of my favorite clothing stores.  The problem? I have $1.89 in my clothing category which could maybe buy me half of a lip balm. It was temptation all around!  The manikins with their styled outfits; the women’s department with half off the most adorable black blazers I have ever seen, and the accessory aisle that appeared to be a never-ending labyrinth! I got so lost in the music and the discounted clothes that I could barely find my way out. The good news? I didn’t spend a dime. The bad news? I’m having a hard time focusing on anything but that black blazer.

Making plans, or working?

The other day I had the most interesting predicament!  There are opportunities at my workplaces to pick up extra hours before or after a shift, depending on the emergency department’s needs.  This requires flexibility and the willingness to keep a free schedule before and after my shift in order to seize these opportunities.  A few weeks ago, I was scheduled for a four-hour shift. Because of the time of the shift, I knew there was a high probability that my work would ask me to stay.  The predicament was that one of my friends was going to be coming into town around the time that my 4-hour shift ended.  This was my thought process: “Do I hang out with my friend knowing that we will probably do something that requires spending my recreation money?  Or do I tell her I can’t because I might be able to stay an extra 6 hours at work which means that it would actually be costing me 6 hours of work to hang out with her?” Ahhhhhhhh!!!  Talk about being selfish, all I could think about was the idea that I would lose the equivalent of 6 hours of work! Terrible, I know. The good news? She canceled on me the day before, therefore I didn’t have to make a decision and wallow in my pool of selfishness.

Questions for you: Can you relate to either of these examples?  What has been your hardest struggle as a “Frugalite?” On a scale from 1-10, where are you on the “Frugalite” scale? (10 is the most prudent person in the universe, 0 is the most wasteful scumbag possible.)

Thanks for reading! Happy Thursday!

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. September 14, 2012 6:59 am

    Arg,Nordstrom Rack? Too, too cruel.. I couldn’t do it. Therefore I stay far away from any shopping hazard because I simply lack willpower. (You’re still thinking of that blazer, aren’t you? 😉

    Great job staying frugal!

    in solidarity,
    Broke-Ass Mommy

  2. September 14, 2012 10:30 am

    A good weekend.
    Greeting, Wolfgang

  3. September 14, 2012 2:41 pm

    Good question!
    What has been my hardest struggle as a “frugalite?” Hhmmm, I can definitely relate to your dilemma at the clothing stores, hate it when that happens! Lately, my hardest struggle has been controling my impulse buys… You know going to Target or store XYZ and spending on random items. The way I handle such situation is that I don’t visit such stores, I stay away! Not sure if that’s the best method, but it works for me.
    -CAT

  4. September 15, 2012 12:23 pm

    Ohhhh I have to stay away from my favorite stores….that includes online, too! I’ve stayed in before in lieu of going out to save some money. But my friends are pretty cool so I can usually just invite them over and it’s not a big deal. But giving up 6 hours pay? Hmmm….

  5. September 20, 2012 3:18 am

    I think that I would hang out with the friend. That’s building social capital and is just as valuable as a few dollars in my opinion. As for the stores, I wouldn’t go there if I didn’t have a need to buy anything in particular.

  6. September 20, 2012 3:19 am

    And my biggest problem is that I am too lazy to make my lunch. I spend $6 – $10 for lunch each day 😛

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