I was thinking about Consumption last night, well my consumption habits to be exact.
In the last month I (and my family) have been spending more than we normally do to stock up the garden. A lot of this is due to it needing to be stocked (I really must find the 'before' pictures for you guys to see) and me wanting to build it up 'just in case'.
Of course when we purchase, these items are put onto the credit card. Now we are lucky that we always pay our very small credit card debt in full each month so we don't get hit by any interest. It's more of a habit for us but will there come a time when we have to rely on cash? I think that next month I will try to only pay cash for our purchases. Here are some of the thoughts going through my head at the moment;
Do you really spend less when you hand over cash instead of plastic?
Do you haggle to get a better price?
Do you write it all down in a book to keep track of where it all goes?
We are a very disciplined budgetting family (okay, apart from my nursery binge this month) but I want to see how changing to cash will change my mindset.
I also want to see if we in WA can set up a plant exchange. Would anyone be interested in doing this? Let's get back to basic bartering/swapping now! Leave a message if you would be interested.