I so much wanted to buy a skirt (I need a new brown skirt) and go and have Chinese food this week. I'd like to buy only the meat stews (take-out style), bring it home, divide them in portions and put them in the freezer for quick and easy meals later, when school starts again. Making rice and vegetables to go with it is so much cheaper than eating in the restaurant!
But my priority this year is to save to an emergency fund. (You all know that I stocked up on non-perishables on sales last year. So this year, it is another project!)
So even if buying only the meats and make the rest of the meal at home is usually cheaper than eating out, I decided against it. My first priority is to save cash, and I can't do that while spening at the same time.
I compared my wish-list with the "only 4 needs"-list (basic food and water, a roof over your head, basic medial care and basic clothing for work). I found that the Chinese food was not a need but a want, and so I had to skip it. And I do have lots of other clothes for work, so buying a brown skirt at this time, when my priorities are to save cash, was superflous.
I will buy that skirt later, when I have reached my savings goal for this year. And the more frugal I manage to be, the faster will I reach that goal, and the sooner I can buy that skirt with a good conscience...
I also decided to shop my cupboards and found four perfectly new-looking woolen sweaters that I had totally forgotten I had!!! So now I have more changes for my black and blue skirts and don't immediately need to buy a new brown skirt to have enough changes (one cannot come to work in the same clothes two days after each other). Problem solved and money saved!