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Breaking My Bargain Shopping Addiction Part 2

breaking my bargain shopping addictionSo today was the big day – I went to Target for their big “Spend $50 on groceries, get a $10 gift card” deal. I went in with a list of foods we buy every single week – eggs, cream cheese, butter, bagged salad, etc. I also brought a list of foods we buy regularly but not every week such as tuna, mayonnaise, and string cheese. I printed out a few coupons and we headed out the door at 8am.

When we got there, we first walked around the food section checking prices and punching numbers into the calculator of what we wanted to buy. We hit $35 and I realized that it was probably a good idea to go ahead and do the deal. I had to resist the temptation of buying things just because I “had a coupon” or it would push us closer to the $50 threshold. At one point, we had coconut oil ($6), Slim Jims ($3), and peanut butter ($2.30) in the cart. […]


Konmari is Helping Me Break My Bargain Shopping Addiction

If anyone really knows me, they’ll know I’m a couponer. I LOVE a good deal and if I can get something for free, I often do. But going through Konmari is changing all that. I’m finding it difficult to buy things that are on sale because I have to ask myself if buying that item sparks joy. Most times it does not. I did a “deal” a few weekends ago and shortly after I got home, I started to regret it.

The deal revolved around getting 2 boxes of trash bags (we only had cheap ones that did NOT spark joy) and other cleaning supplies. The deal required spending $40 to get $10 off with a store coupon but it also allowed manufacturer’s coupons and other store coupons. I went in expecting to get only essentials – trash bags, toilet paper, and paper towels. But when I realized that the coupon I had for toilet paper was expired, I went off book. […]


I Threw Away My Wedding Pictures

Yesterday I did something crazy. I threw away my wedding pictures – most of them anyway. If you know Phillip and me very well, you probably know that our wedding day was a bit of a disaster. We missed out on saying our vows and the guests didn’t really have any fun. We were young and dumb so we ended up having a church wedding at a Southern Baptist church. This meant NO dancing or even music (except music approved by the pastor). This also meant no alcohol (we weren’t old enough for that anyway). Our photographer was an older lady who felt strongly about NOT letting us see each other before the wedding so we could only do pictures between the ceremony and the reception meaning our guests were stuck waiting for a long time. Add all of those together and you’ll see that our day really wasn’t that fun or special. The only good part of the whole day was that we were MARRIED!!!

Add in the fact that our wedding pictures turned out pretty bad and you can easily see that I don’t have many fond memories of our wedding day and neither does Phillip. He still gets upset talking about anything related to our wedding day and neither of us liked looking at the pictures. So when I decided to tackle some sentimental items on the Konmari checklist, I nearly threw out all of our wedding photos.

But my logic caught up with me and I decided to go through the pictures one by one to see if any sparked joy first. I took every picture out of the photo album and turned them upside down. If a photo sparked joy, I put it in a separate pile. Then I had Phillip do the same thing. In the end, we kept 16 photos and they truly do make us happy to see them. They paint a much more positive view of the day and they ease some of the resentment we have for that day. Phillip even said that looking at the wedding pictures we kept makes him feel that maybe one day he can look back on that day and not get upset and maybe even have fond memories. That’s a total win in my book!

wedding pictures we kept

These are the wedding pictures we decided to keep.

Do you have any “sentimental” items that you need to get rid of because they don’t make you happy? If so, what’s holding you back?


Konmari Checklist {FREE Printable}

If you have read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up but can’t figure out where to start, I have created a Konmari checklist that may help! It contains all of the broad categories that you will need to work on such as clothing, books, and Komono. Then, it breaks the categories down into smaller categories. I modified this from another list I found online by combining some categories and adding in others that were not represented at all – like furniture. Hopefully you will find this list helpful as you go through Konmari.

The Konmari checklist is colorful (which sparks joy for me) but can be printed on a black & white printer if that’s all you have. There are check boxes beside each category so you can mark as completed as you move through the list. The checklist is in PDF format so you will need Adobe Reader or an alternative PDF reader to access the file. If you have any problems, let me know! So without further ado, here is the download! You can click the picture or the Download Now link below: […]


Konmari UPDATE: Yep, We Were Doing it Wrong.

konmari-updateSo if you remember a few days ago, I wrote a post about how we felt like we were doing Konmari wrong. After talking about it with others and by ourselves, we decided that we were doing Konmari wrong and we needed to change some things. We decided that essentially we’re doing a pre-KM decluttering that will help us complete the Konmari method better.

We ordered a physical copy of the book from a seller on Amazon so we could read the book instead of listening. I think that will help the process really sink in. We scored a used copy for $6.19 plus shipping and I happened to have a $10 Amazon gift card so we only paid 18 cents out-of-pocket! It should arrive in a few days. In the meantime, we’re going to finish out the list we printed out (excluding sentimental items) and then we’re going to do some spring cleaning. […]