Also, Logan, I tend to fill my cart with fun things and then mentally tally things and get a little disgusted right as I'm heading to the register. Then I play a mental round of "Do I actually NEED this (as in food/water/shelter/no other substitute) right now or else, or is there some way I can possibly get creative and find a different solution?" And generally I save myself $40 by playing that game. And then I create job security for some poor Target employee by stashing all those things on an end cap and walking away all purposefully. My mom would summarize my game as "Need vs. Greed?"
Return things to Target! I was just telling my stepmom that "I have a lot of equity tied up in Target right now." Basically I buy 10 things knowing full well I will return 6 and keep the few I really like/need. But it's kind of great to know that when monies get scarce, oh, I have $20 stashed in the form of those pajamas I don't really love and can return, no problem! I don't know if this is outright lame, or typical shopping behavior, or actually a great way to trick myself into having more of a cushion than I think between paychecks. I personally thing it's a combination of 2 and 3, but...
@highjump--a "three digit bar tab"? That sounds horrifying.
Oh, ALSO. Logan. Before you go back to a town that actually sells a $100 hamburger, go to Matt's Bar on Cedar Ave. in Minneapolis and get a Jucy Lucy. It's like $6 and the best cheeseburger I have ever put in my mouth. Just don't go right at noon or 6 because you'll have to wait for a table while you smell the best smells that air has ever carried you way and that is torture.
So I'm sitting here, in Minneapolis, Meatsville USA, this tiny little prairie town with hand-cranked intern--wait, what? It's a real live city? With millions of people? Not just a farm town with roads paved with sides of beef? Oh wait, my bad. :) Come on, guys! ATMs did finally make it to the midwest, so you'll definitely find $13 in cash. Re: airport travel, even here in Minneapolis I'd be hard-pressed to take a cab home for less than $45 and I live just a 15 minute drive away. You can either have time, or money, but not both. All you have to do to save $50 is not require instant gratification. That's like a weekend's worth of mindless little purchases (sandwiches! ice cream! magazines!) so just think of all the fun things you can do with it.