Less Than Challenge

Living life with less than…

Spend Smarter, Live Better

Leave a comment

This month’s Real Simple hit my mailbox this weekend, but between hosting a dinner party on Saturday and getting this blog up and running on Sunday, this is the first moment I’ve had to sit down and look at it.

In light of the “less than” endeavor I’ve just undertaken (to create a perfect spring look for < $30), I couldn’t have been more thrilled to see the words “Spend Smarter, Live Better” jumping off of the cover!  A closer review of this title article, about how we determine what’s “affordable”, left me with lots to consider as I prepare to hit the mall tomorrow night.
With a bunch of interesting research and insight, author Amanda Fortini describes how so much of our spending these days is determined by impulse and emotion.  I’m certainly guilty of making unplanned purchases, especially when I’m convinced that I am getting an amazing deal.  I mean, snagging a cute new top for $7 when the original price tag reads $40 makes me feel alive inside!  And while I don’t believe there is anything inherently wrong with that, spending money just to feel the rush of a little savings is probably not the smartest way to live on less.

That’s what I love about this challenge.  If I am going to succeed in keeping the cost of my new outfit under $30, I am going to have to snag a thrill-inducing deal or two.  But since I’m going into this with a clear goal and a set budget, I shouldn’t come out with any guilt over a spending splurge I just couldn’t control.  I’ll be spending smarter, and thus, living better.  Sounds pretty good to me.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s