Thursday, June 30, 2011


Spaving is a new term I learned.  I got it from a post by The Everyday Minimalist.  Spaving is a term she coined to describe what a lot of us do:  we "spend to save."  You know, we set out to purchase something we need.  We notice that there is a larger size of it for a few pennies or dollars more and think, "Wow, that's a great deal!  We'll be saving money!"  So we purchase the larger size, that costs more money, and feel good about it because we've actually saved money.  Wrong!  What we've actually done is spent more money, and probably ended up getting something that will ultimately go to waste since we didn't need the extra in the first place.  

Next time you're out shopping, keep in mind what you need and remember that spending extra to buy what you don't need is not saving.


Deanna said...

That's one of the problems with buying things at Sam's Club. Oftentimes the quantities are way too large for a normal household (thinking mostly food here). On the other hand, buying the larger bottle of shampoo can be a good idea since it won't go bad before you can use it. You have to analyze each purchase rather than simply buying the biggest size.

Adrienne said...

Totally agree with this...I used to be a Costco "spaver" and many times ended up giving away or worse, throwing away food and other household items.
Now, I have a short list of things I will buy at Costco and stick to that. I don't like having stockpiles of food and such shoved in every storage space I have - I like a streamlined pantry and fridge where I can see everything.

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

Funny thing is my "spaving" is on tea. I get really into a tea, generally bought it bulk, then I'm over it. My food shopping friend, Vickie, gets the benefit of all the teas I don't want. She noticed a trend in that they are all flavored, not my go-to camomile or bancha. I need to buy smaller quantities!

Body clock is on Central time, the entire house hold here in LA is still asleep + I've already been out for my morning jog. We are traveling to June Lake today, I will say hello for you.

Be well my friend

Cherie said...

Deanna, you're right about buying in bulk the items that won't spoil because that means less packaging and less money.

Cherie said...

Adrienne, places like Costco do make shoppers over-buy. Shopping with a list and sticking to it is the way to go.

Cherie said...

Shona, enjoy June Lake. It had been so long since I had been there I did a google search for photos. I had forgotten how beautiful it is.