I am not a big time shopper, but I admit that sometimes I do more than I should. Sometimes I get things that I "think" I need, sometimes I will buy myself something because I think I deserve it, and then sometimes I buy something and regret it later.
Sound familiar at all?
Well, I'm putting a stop to my shopping. I'm trying an experiment for the next three months, and it's called "stop shopping*". For the time being, I'm going to buy only the necessities: groceries and upkeep of my car.
Now, there is an asterisk next to my experiment, because Christmas is coming and I will be buying gifts for others. However, the goal is to not buy anything for myself. I know it's going to be tougher than I think, because I will sometimes buy something without thinking about it. The last two days I've purchased two books for my Kindle. The good news is that I spent $3.98 total, but the bad news is that I still spent.
So, I will begin tomorrow. I will also track how much I would have spent in order to see how much I save over time. The goal is to add three months after each successful three months, but I also know that I might end up having to take it in smaller chunks, like one month at a time.
I'm inspired by Meg Wolie, the author of The Minimalist Woman's Guide to Having It All. She's been following this practice for 18 months now. I like the idea of it becoming a positive habit, and I know for me I will have to really make a conscious effort. I can do so by going through the following process before I make a purchase:
1. Why do I need to make this purchase?
2. Does this purchase serve a purpose or will it clutter my home?
3. If I really think this purchase is a need, I will wait 24 hours. If it is still something I need, I will buy it.
By asking myself these three questions, I will be able to make better decisions about buying. I will save money and keep my home from being cluttered. It will also save me the time of getting rid of it later.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.