THE HALFWAY POINT OF SHOPPING DETOX
Technically, halfway between today and tomorrow will be (day 182.5) but today is close enough. Anyway, so, 6 months of shopping detox (and also - pat on the back - 6 months of daily blogging).
Rather than listing what I have and haven't accomplished, I will instead give you this anecdote, which speaks for itself.
Yesterday, I was coming home from work and thought absently to myself, "I feel like buying something." And as I biked along, I tried to think of what that thing might be. Did I need anything for supper? No. Did I need any ingredients for baking something? No. And which store did I want to stop by?
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So, I went first down the shampoo aisle, and looked at the bottles. Did I need shampoo? Or conditioner? No, I already had a bunch of shampoo at home and I've stopping using conditioner. Did I need a hair product? No, I'm using up the ones I have (and I cannot rave enough about the Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray!).
I moved on to the makeup aisle. Did I need a new fun lipstick? No, I like the colours I have already. Mascara? No, I've got a good mascara.
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And so it went. I went past the face creams and soaps and lip balm and hair elastics and deodorant... eventually, I remembered that I need milk, and so I bought milk. And some salsa. And chips. And that's it!
I didn't have to use willpower to make myself not buy things I don't need - I just didn't want to buy those things. Almost as if... my brain has been reprogrammed.
And yes, I still bought chips and salsa, when the frugal thing would be to pick corn out of a field and shuck it and grind it into chips for myself etc. And I'm on my way to making my own salsa (i.e. I have some old tomatoes, a food processor, and I might look online for a recipe sometime before the tomatoes rot).
So anyway. Halfway through shopping detox and it seems like - without my even realizing - I have improved some of my habits! And I'm not in any more debt than I was 6 months ago, which also counts as success.
Bring it on, next 6 months!