Sam's Membership Rewards/Points
Natural Grocers Rewards/Points
World Market Rewards/Points
Not to mention all the other little stores I go to from time to time that I have a rewards/points scan card that I am supposedly collecting points.
My Thrive membership is about to renew automatically unless I "say" otherwise.
This has had me really thinking and pondering.....which memberships do I REALLY need? And which ones do I get the most bang for my buck?
It was cool when I received the notification from THRIVE how I had saved over $500 this year with my membership. But the question I have to ask myself is.....how much of the stuff was stuff we really needed?! Now there are some staples I truly do get and are huge savings.....but then there is some "eye candy".....some "ooh I wander if my family would like that!".....kind of buys. But truly most (80-90% was pantry stuff).....but again I ponder.....and this is what I ponder......
My ponder is: what if we had to shop only locally like in the "good old days"?
Memberships like Thrive and Amazon are handy because we can have things delivered straight to our home. We never have to leave the comforts of our living room. And there are some deals that cannot be matched any where else.
What does it do to the local shops? The local vendors? The mom and pop shops?
Even chains like Natural Grocers or United get cut out when we go online. And I personally would just cry if I lost our Natural Grocers!!!
I have actually not been going to SAMS as much because I have found (despite what many think).....I can save A LOT doing most of my shopping at Natural Grocers and United. I just have to be purposeful and comb what I am looking for.....AND ONLY SHOP SALES!!
Which brings me back to "in the good old days".....if there wasn't access to something.....if something wasn't in season....well you lived without it. You made a different plan. You managed. And you probably thrived even better because you weren't caught up in trying to get everything just the way you wanted.
I don't know...this is just stuff I have been thinking about recently. I am wondering if I really "need" all these memberships......or are they just "wants". Do they end up creating an environment to spend. Because after all if you have a membership, you can't let it go to waste.....right!?!!
How many memberships do you have? Do they truly save you money? Or does it breed the desire to spend? What are all these huge mega stores and on-line shopping truly doing to our economy? Our true value of the dollar?
Would love to hear your take on ALL of this? And how do you save? Leave a comment below and lets learn from each other!
Blessings and hugs as always,
BOOK OF THE DAY: The Adrenal Reset Diet by Dr. Christianson has been a HUGE blessing for me with my ADRENAL issues. I love his podcast as well. But the biggest thing is he helps the reader understand how "carbs" (the really good resistant starch, high fiber, plant based carbs) have been getting a bad rap.....and how these carbs can be VERY healing for the adrenals.....and stabilizing for the insulin levels. And this is the big thing.....I HAVE NOT GAINED ANY WEIGHT because of adding these starches back into my meals. I have been adhering to his recommendation for about 4 months now....and if anything I am stronger, leaner, and better rested because of it! And personally the REST is much more important to me than anything!
WORK OUT OF THE DAY:
It is Saturday! My handsome hubby and I usually go for a very long walk/hike on Saturdays. Usually about 1 1/2 hours. But it has ranged from one hour to 2 1/2 hours. I love these walks. I really feel my system reset as Dr. Christianson talks about in his book. Today is going to be lovely. So I am sure once I am done here off we will go! :)
But I still did do 10 minutes on the mini tramp...It is just so good for the lymphatic system....I can't encourage it enough to everyone!