I have made it a point to be very intentional in my purchasing the last 2-3 years. I run the usual investigative questions through my mind for most purchases – Do I really need it? Why do I want it? Do I already have something like it? How will I feel about it in the near future? Do I have room for it? Will it really make my life better?
With these questions, I have been successful in a 2+ year handbag shopping ban and a clothes shopping ban for 5 months. But, nature abhors a vacuum and some other interesting purchases have made it to the forefront.
I purchased a new phone last week. I moved from a MOTO E from Republic Wireless to the MOTO G. I wanted to wait until they had a new selection that was similar to the MOTO X but my phone was dying by degrees. I couldn’t even turn off the alarm in the mornings anymore — oh the horror!
I have discovered couponing! I have LOTS of dish detergent, paper towels, hair products and vitamins. I justify this shopping by letting couponing experts tell me I am saving money in the long run. It must be a really looooog run because my MINT account is going crazy. You should see the notifications I am getting about the Shopping category.
With the exception of a few items that I only picked up because they were free, I know that I will use all the products personally or as goody bag stuffers. But I recognize the truth. I just wanted to try something new and I wanted to SHOP. I did a good thing by implementing shopping bans. I did poor follow through by not replacing the shopping activity with a healthier option.
Now that my eyes are open, I am beginning a new plan. I will take full advantage of the soon to be nice weather and focus in on our garden work. Usually on gardening days I am too tired to want to do anything else anyway and that is just the way I like it.
I also plan to pick up some inside tasks. Junior wants to paint her room and some of her furniture and that is definitely a distraction. Her favorite colors at this moment are grays, blacks and whites. Should be interesting.
Oh yeah and I plan to eat more. Not exactly the usual goal that is written but what can I say? I am at an age where I finally enjoy trying new recipes, have learned a reasonable substitute for Cream of Tarter and no longer care about my weight in relation to popular culture. A healthy enough weight is fine with me.
So there. I am putting down my coupon clippers and picking up my garden shears. It’s time for some growth.
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