A Quick 'No Shopping' Update

April 19, 2018


A few months ago I posted an article written by Ann Patchett on her year of no shopping, which really got me thinking about my own spending habits.  After about a minute of reflection, I decided to give myself a similar challenge.  However, while I loved the idea of abstaining for a whole year, I thought that it might be a bit of a lofty goal so I opted for three months with an option to extend.


Now that three months have passed, probably my biggest takeaway is that I am now spending much less time wishing for things I don’t have or can’t afford to buy.  I don’t walk past shop windows anymore and look at the items in them longingly, I don’t look at something new and wonder if it is better than the one I already have and I have worked my way through a number of bathroom and kitchen products I had tucked away for a rainy day (as if I didn’t live next door to an Asda).


I do have one confession to make, though – I did end up buying something small for myself while travelling in February.  While in Iceland, I bought myself a pair of mittens as I wanted a small memento and I wasn’t sure when I would be returning.  But even that experience was different from before.  I looked at the mittens a handful of times before I actually bought them.  I even left the store, walked around Reykjavik and returned later to make sure that I really wanted to buy them.  In short, I wanted to make sure my ‘cheat’ was worth it.  And it was.


Will I opt in for another three months?  Definitely.  It’s certainly not that I want to do this forever.  However, for the moment I am really loving the sense of freedom that comes with enjoying what I already have and letting go of everything else.


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