At a time when I'm unemployed and we're working to sell our home, I'm trying to think more about what we need and don't need. Grocery shopping has taken a little trim. Clothes shopping has nearly screeched to a halt (with the exception of some careful thrifting). We're delaying the purchase of some truck accessories for Dan. Meeting friends out for dinner has been mostly replaced with hosting friends at our place or going to theirs.
One item I can't seem to shake from my grocery shopping is fresh flowers.
I read in one of Dr. Andrew Weil's books that fresh flowers do wonders for your mood and can even improve your health.
Two vases' worth of flowers for about seven bucks ($2.99 for the daisies and $3.99 for the purple flower that I wish I'd written down the name off...). I really enjoy picking out flowers weekly at the DeKalb Farmer's Market — and I love the sight of fresh flowers in the kitchen and living room. (And a little tip: if you don't have many vases at home, go grab a few from your local Salvation Army or Goodwill for a dollar or two a pop.)