I am discovering just how much mood can affect my shopping. I have for the most part been able to follow my goals for this month regarding menu planning and spending less. I have been cooking from the pantry shelves and the freezer and made some really lovely meals, too. I have spent much less than half of my usual spend so far.
But yesterday I was having a rough day. I had two different doctor appointments, it was pouring rain, and parking was terrible both times. I was tired, hungry, nauseous, and generally fed up. (Though the appointments themselves went really well). I was so tempted to walk into a grocery store and just fill my cart with custard, cake, soup, breads, chicken, fresh fruit, cookies, tea, and ingredients to make lovely roast dinners and more cakes.
Fortunately I live miles from a grocery store, and so my budget was saved. I did stop at the petrol station for some petrol. I purchased a half price pack of cake and some sour sweets---the only thing I have found to help with pregnancy nausea.
I arrived home and enjoyed my treats--though they would have been nicer with a cup of tea. And I remembered back to the last time I bought things when I didn't intend to. It was when I was having a really bad day and had to go to another hospital appointment. I wrote about it a few weeks ago. I didn't want to get out of bed that day. And on the way to my appointment I told myself I would go to the shop, find something I could eat and drink and a magazine.
So I either have to decide that my budget can handle this or I need to make sure I take time to do some cheaper relaxation and pleasure activities. And since my budget can't handle this, meditation it is! And I went to the library and grabbed five, yes five novels. Nothing like a stack of pleasure to make you feel spoiled.