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Sometimes, try to simplify actually makes your life even more complicated. Example: at the beginning of the year, I decided to drastically limit my spending except on what was truly necessary. So, I unsubscribed from a lot of blogs and went through my Feedly subscriptions and deleted a bunch. My reasoning was that if I didn’t see the deals, I wouldn’t be tempted. While this was a good idea, it had some unforeseen consequences.
I like to share other people’s posts on my blogging Facebook page and Twitter page so it’s not just a “me,me,me” feed. Obviously, in order to share, I have to read. In order to read, I have to have a way to curate the posts. My deleting and unsubscribing caused me to spend a lot of time manually going to the sites one at a time. I quickly re-subscribed and vowed to never do THAT again.
How am I handling the “deal temptation”? I have all my coupon and deal related blogs in a separate category than my frugal living blogs. I quickly skim over the deal posts and see if there are any that are for items I truly need (yes, I have a list). I pass up the ones I don’t need. If it’s not on my list, it’s not getting bought.