Week 4 – June 24th, 2019
Are you heading off on holiday soon – or better yet, there already? Take a minute to think about one of our weekly Thrifty Habits – Buy A Little Treat. Here is my tip for using a cheap treat to bring back that holiday feeling in the dead days of winter.
Smell is a powerful trigger of memories – we’ve all experienced that. Maybe you caught a whiff of perfume that took you straight back to sitting on your mother’s knee, or that special cocktail of linoleum polish and antiseptic floor cleaner that took you instantly back to your earliest schooldays. So why not use smell to anchor you to your holiday? Here’s how.
Buy a perfumed treat to take on holiday – it doesn’t need to be expensive, but it does need to be something you will use every day and it needs to be something you don’t use until you are on holiday. So it could be a bar of soap that you use every time you go to the bathroom, or a new laundry detergent that fragrances your holiday clothes. It could be a scented sachet that you keep tucked in your pillowcase, or the shower gel you use every morning. The choice is yours.
Now fast-forward to February. It has been raining for a century, and the sun sets each day before you have fully come to terms with the day’s start. That’s the time to buy yourself the same scented treat and use it. Now you wake to another grey morning and your shower smells of brighter days remembered. Or you go to bed at the end of a wet day and your bed smells of sunshine, You get the idea. It’s a cheap, simple but very effective way of buying a few extra moments of happiness from your holidays. Try it!
I will be back next week with one of Tartan Thrifty’s all time most popular recipes and an emergency version of it as a back-up plan. Apologies for failing to bring you the recipe for Emergency Pudding I promised this week. There are times when life gets in the way of blogging… this week was one of them. I promise to post about pudding soon!
Free, Downloadable Thrifty Habits Planner To Keep You On Track
So, you want to get into the habit of spending less without putting in more effort? You need something to remind you what to do and when, so you don’t have to keep thinking about it. The Thrifty Habits Planner is a simple tool to help you do just that. Use it to pencil in which thrifty things you plan to do this week and to pin yourself down to when you plan to do them. If you take control this way at the start of the week, you are far more likely to have stuck to your plan by the end of the week. Sticking your plan up somewhere you will see it every day helps you to stay on track too.
Take time at the end of the week to give yourself a little treat as a reward for your thrifty efforts. Little splurges will actually help you to stay thrifty – read this to find out how.