No spend? No problem!
Honestly, after last week when I was lusting over yoga mats and non slip socks, this week has been a breeze.
I’ve read for years that it takes 21 days to form a habit, but I’ve never seen any signs of it working for me!
However, after just 15 or so days of not buying anything unnecessary I’m shopping like a pro AND it’s much quicker!
I simply don’t bother to browse. I’m laser focused on my list and I adopt an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach.
I see it all the time in Little Miss Green – once she gets a magazine in the post she suddenly has a list of things she’s ‘always wanted’ or ‘everyone else has’. And I’m the same. When the newsletters ping into my inbox with lovely clothes and shoes, suddenly I have nothing to wear and need an updated wardrobe. Thanks goodness we don’t have TV.
I mentioned last week I’d unsubbed from the aforementioned newsletters. I’ve sent back catalogues as unrequested junk mail and I’m practising an attitude of gratitude. In all honesty I have everything, EVERYTHING I need and lots of what I want. So really life is pretty rosy.
I nearly slipped once. I am researching an article and could do with reading a couple of books. My usual pattern is to check my local library (they didn’t have the ones I wanted) and then I whizz over to Amazon and order second hand copies.
I had the two books in my basket and was about to check out when I remembered my pledge.
You’ll never guess what I did!?
I amazed even myself…
I contacted the authors direct and requested an interview.
How’s that for using modern technology to its best advantage?
Oh, I almost slipped again when I had a newsletter from a mineral makeup company offering a 50% discount off their entire range. I ummed and ahhed and justified my ‘need’ in my mind and went to the website but guess what? The pages wouldn’t open! It was a sign I’m telling you, a S-I-G-N! I had a giggle to myself, thanked the Universe for keeping me on track and shut the browser…
All in all then I spent under £20 – a couple of packs of butter; food is not a meal without butter in my opinion, two loaves of sprouted wheat bread and fresh fruit and veggies. Oh and a kickboxing lesson. Our pile of tins and packets STILL seems to be growing by the minute and I’ve made some great meals this week.
What about you – are you managing to use up things from your store and resist the temptation to buy new?
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