Monday, February 13, 2012
I love to go shopping. I enjoy walking on Court Street in the center of Burlington, Vermont. I love the brick walkways and little shops. I enjoy the excitement of Stowe, Vermont and all the quaint restaurants. Did you know the Trapp Family Lodge is in Vermont? There are so many exciting things to do and see when we go out to spend money.
Can you imagine visiting an old boutique, antique shop or vintage bookstore? They are like places to find treasures. You can browse, and take your time, and enjoy an afternoon of leisure and relaxation out in these charming places of business.
It is delightful to come home with parcels, packages, and bags full of lovely things. The memories alone are worth those kinds of shopping days.
I have shopped in Mexico, California, Florida, Tennessee, New York City (okay... it was only the airport gift shop...), New Hampshire, Boston, Cape Cod and all over Massachusetts. I've shopped at Disney World, Disney Land, Dollywood, and I have dined in the most amazing California restaurants. I know all about the wonder and adventure of shopping, and I love it. But it is a love that is slowly fading.
I have had many stages of my life when I didn't have a dime to spare. I've had phases of poverty and living in extreme frugality.
This is why I have decided to do a little challenge. This week, I will not spend any money. I will buy the basics, of course, the groceries and pay the bills, but I will not buy anything else. Even if there is something I need, I will put it off for a week, as long as it is not an urgent necessity.
There have been times in my marriage where I have gone years without a working dryer, or a working oven. I have used Yankee Ingenuity to manage without some needs, and know how to survive when I have to. So for me to skip spending money for a week, won't be a big deal. Yet, it will feel just a touch like deprivation - like not eating cake when you really want to. (smiles)
My goal is to have these little spending fasts throughout the year and build up my endurance for avoiding the idea of shopping for recreation, or entertainment. Honestly, why do we Americans buy stuff that we really do not NEED? Why do we tend to give in to impulse and buy things just because we LIKE them?
Did you ever walk out of a store, proud of yourself, because you only bought the things on your list? Or perhaps you didn't find what you needed and walked out with empty hands? The lesson here, the challenge, is to realize that there are more important things to do with money.
Have you ever decided to go on a shopping fast?
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