So I've been on this shopping "diet" for a little over two weeks. It's actually going pretty well. Of course I've had to buy the "usual" stuff like groceries, b-day gifts, cleaning supplies, dark chocolate . . . you know, just the necessities. But for just over two weeks, I haven't bought any shoes, clothes, books, music, etc. for myself.
First off, it isn't easy. I'm constantly browsing and looking. The internet is a curse. Instant gratification is kind of a way of life in our society, and I'm not one to deny myself much of anything. Sad? Yes, but also very true. My goal in all this is not to stop shopping altogether, but to stop and think about what I buy before I buy it. Do I really need those blue mason jars? Is it necessary to buy another pair of running shoes (I have 3 but who's counting)? Can't I live without another Gap t-shirt? The jury's still out on that one . . .
Even though it's been a little hard, I've been able to walk away without too much of a struggle. And when it comes down to it, I like having a little extra money handy. So there you have it. I have two weeks until my shopping diet comes to an end. Hopefully, at the end of all this I'll have gained some perspective on needs vs. wants, and I can have just a tad bit more self control.
And thank goodness my birthday is less than two weeks away . . . I've already put in a few requests. ;)