questionshow does a deals shopper stop spending money?

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Become an ebayer and make extra money reselling all the deals you find :-)

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I suppose it is also time to ask if anyone is willing to seriously look over my resume. I would totally skip here, but I find myself in an awkward place.

Prior to now, I didn't need a "real world" resume (I was part time theatre, which is a normal thing, in the part time theatre world), but I am now more an "office manager, theatre, shipping, logistics, sales, customer service person".

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I wish I knew....this place is almost as hard to quit as smoking. I have succeeded in quitting the latter though. :)

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@jsimsace: That's a good point. I've quit smoking, but I can't quit woot.

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assuming you are being serious you need to start setting and obeying rules for yourself. if you find something ask yourself "is this a need or a want?" then ask yourself is this better than the option of having a meal?

do you have "emergency" funds set up (one for "oh sh*t the fridge broke" repairs and one for living expenses for the next 6 months if you do loose your job)? if not (and i hate to say this) you really shouldn't be spending money on anything that isn't an absolute necessity. you should be saving towards these two accounts like your life depends on it, because it just might. (plus there is always the thought of do you have a well funded retirement plan? because it might be nicer to retire than to have stuff)

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Actually I think the first step would be to make a realistic budget. And by that I mean sit down and look at your monthly expenses, then add in the once-a-year expenses. Be harsh and show all the nickels and dimes. Then look and see what you can cut out. I always suggest cutting the entertainment budget first, including cell phones, cable, internet, going out. A HUGE portion of peoples discretionary spending goes to those things. When you realize you are spending $100-$150/week on food and drink you eat outside the house, and $90-$120/month on cable you are never home to watch-your budget frees up kind of quickly.

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"THE SHIRTS SUCK!" worked for me ... so will telling yourself "THE DEALS SUCK!" work?

On a more serious note, a +1 to @ihatedealswoot and @flyinggirl.

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@flyinggirl: Great advice!

Also once you're done budgeting, set a firm limit, a very low limit if you can spare it ($20 a month maybe) for fun money and see what you can manage to get within that. Not a penny more. Shipping/taxes/everything included. Complete denial may lead you to some bad impulse buying decisions out of sheer frustration of "never getting to have anything fun/doing anything for myself", and excessive guilt from that. But having just a little money if you can will turn it more into a game. Then you can challenge yourself with lower amounts. :)

Best of luck finding a new position - I hope you're already looking now!

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Here's a good wakeup call:

1) Make a pile of all the deal items you've bought.
2) Gather all the receipts and add up the total you've spent.

If the sight of those things doesn't make you cringe, you're fine. Otherwise, seeing the waste right in front of you is a good way to strengthen one's resolve. When you're considering another deal just imagine adding to the pile and the running total of cash you've spent that you won't get back.