Of course, there's an obvious flaw here. I need to shop for essentials like food and cleaning materials and those planned one off purchases. I'm looking for a very beautiful fruit bowl at the moment to add a gorgeous splash of colour to the table in the motorhome. So I nip into the charity shops just in case I spot exactly what I'm after.
I didn't know that I needed a kettle until I saw this gorgeous one in Aldi when I popped in to buy some cooking oil on Saturday. It's so gloriously chunky and would have looked stunning sitting on my gas burner. At £14.99 it was an absolute bargain. Had there been any grey ones left that would have been my first colour choice but the red one would have complemented my van colour scheme very adequately indeed.
But hang on a cotton picking minute! I've already got a kettle. You may have seen it before when I showed you around my gaff. Granted it's not the prettiest utensil in the world but it heats up quickly and whistles in a friendly fashion when my water has boiled. There was no thought of replacing it until I saw the shiny new contender, just by chance. It's a want not a need.
Our flights to the USA later in the year will cost £1,500. By resisting that impulse purchase I've saved 1% towards the cost already. Not shedloads I know but its a start. Unlike in previous years, I haven't set any particular spending rules for 2015. Do I need it? Do I want it? Just because an item isn't an absolute essential doesn't mean that its completely off the card. It's just that those type of buys must be thought about very carefully indeed!