Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Target Saves Easter

Thank you for your feedback on my questions about the Easter Bunny.

We are in our first month of trying to stick to a formal budget - to stop us getting towards the next payday and asking 'where the heck did it all go?'. We had been doing great - and I was rather anally recording every cent we spent, and feeling smug that not only were we on track, but were set to have some money left over this month, yippee!

But, then the dentist happened and I had to pay a hefty deposit for the work Miss E needs done, and we've had more bills come in for Jay's emergency treatment for croup that our paltry HSA contributions can't cover right now - so, the budget is blown - a good lesson for us in building in contingency funds each month, eh?

Anyway, not wanting to go overboard I waltzed into Target today - and bought some Easter chocolate (complete with coupons for money off!), and picked up sidewalk chalk and board books in the dollar spot.

Fifteen minutes and eleven bucks later we left*!

I pulled myself back from feeling guilty that I wouldn't be showering our kids with wondrous goodies from the Easter Bunny, and stopped myself from spending a fortune on silly stuff that will just get shoved in the cupboards along with all the other crap eh, wonderful educational toys my kids have.

The kids will have fun looking for their plastic eggs in the garden, and will be happy pretty much with the chalk and books.

(*You have no idea the strength it took not to go browsing in all those lovely spring clothes, bags and household goods! I've already mentally spent half of next month's pay on a complete new set of outdoor dinnerware!)


Life As I Know It said...

I did my Easter shopping at Target too.
They get sidewalk chalk in their baskets every year!

Feener said...

good job

Heather J. said...

Because we all need a set (or two) of outdoor dinnerware!

jen said...

i bow to your self control!

Jessica @ A Bushel and a Peck said...

I hit Target too. Each kids is getting some candy, a movie, and some arts & crafts stuff (play-doh, dry erase markers, etc). But I know that the small baskets we get them will pale in comparison to the pile of...stuff...they will get from my MIL and Aunt-in-law. Sigh.

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

I miss Target so much. And do the kids really need loads of stuff from the Easter Bunny? They'll be pleased as punch with the Easter Egg Hunt (which I take credit for introducing over here, whether it's due or not).

Anonymous said...

Just $11 at Target. That is some major, major will power. Dang, girl!

Momo Fali said...

Good for you! I've found a few Easter eggs filled with jelly beans makes them just as happy!

Motherhood for Dummies said...

you are strong! i can never go to Target and not go through their jewlery and clothes!