Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The other half speaks

Hello, bargain hunters! I'm Bruce Buchanan, Amy's husband. She has invited me to post here from time to time, perhaps to give the guy's perspective on bargain hunting and frugal shopping.

My wonderful wife has far too many outstanding qualities to list here: She's a former award-winning journalist, the author of five books, a small business owner, a gourmet cook, a style maven, a pop culture junkie and the best mommy that Jackson Robert Buchanan could ever hope to have.

But in the first few years of our marriage, I never would have said frugality was among her strong suits. She was - and is - a shopaholic. However, once she tries something, she usually jumps in with both feet -- and that was the case with bargain hunting. Since then, she has amazed me with the good deals she's able to find.

I've found that saving money actually can be fun. Going to the store is sort of like a treasure hunt, if you go prepared.

Also, I've learned that you shouldn't always deny yourself when trying to save money. If you try to live a Spartan lifestyle, that can get old pretty quickly. So it's okay to buy something for yourself - just do so in moderation.

For example, it's fine to go out to dinner once in a while. But try to plan when you go. Make it something you look forward to, not something you have to do because it's dinner time and you don't have any food in the house. I've known people who eat out at least 10 meals a week simply because they don't plan in advance. But that's an easy way to spend a lot of money without getting much in return.

Anyway, thanks for visiting Goo Goo Buy Buy. I'll be checking back in regularly, so I hope to see you around.

1 comment:

  1. Funny Bruce should write about going out to eat simply because you don't have anything to eat in the house.

    Something like that happened to us last night.

    I had planned to cook a meatloaf that his mom made and left in our freezer. I thawed it and put it in the oven yesterday afternoon. But when I pulled it out at dinnertime, it didn't look done enough for my liking. So, back in the oven it went.

    But we were hungry then -- and so was Jackson -- but we didn't really have a main dish to go with the sides that I'd prepared. (And Bruce had taken all our leftovers for lunch!)

    So, I sent Bruce out to make a quick run at Steak -N- Shake to get a burger for himself and some chicken for Jackson and me. (I suggested Bojangles initially, but Bruce really wanted a burger. And I really wanted chicken. So, Steak -N- Shake was a nice compromise, and it's literally a minute for our house.

    We'll be eating the meatloaf tonight, by the way, now that I'm convinced it's cooked through. (I have a bad childhood memory about undercooked meatloaf -- ick!)

    In this case, I don't regret that we had to eat out unexpectedly. I'd rather spend money than spend the night on the toilet.