Day 15

Today is Day 15 of my shopping diet. Weird title, but seems to fit best what I am trying to do here. I don’t find it really difficult yet, but I notice how I am trying to make excuses for what is necessary and what isn’t. For example:
Sherlock, Part 3 is coming out next week in the UK and I really would like to have it, because I think it is a really cool series (room for discussion on this one) but here comes the BUT…
Do I need it? No. Can I live without it? Of course! Could I maybe talk someone in to get it for me or use a voucher on amazon? Difficult – I don’t really want this. That would be cheating. I want to think of alternatives. Can I put it on my birthday/anniversary/valentines wish list? Of course! And I feel that is the right place for it. Or to even use that amazon voucher I got for joining a new energy provider. In my opinion that would be “allowed” too.

So I keep thinking about all sorts of things – is it ok to buy this or that, do this or that (if money is involved) and so on. Recently a course paper for craft courses ended up in my inbox. I really would like to do those courses. They are in town, not too pricey and learning or improving my skills in “scrapbooking” or “dry felting” (what on earth is the proper english word for this one) will help me to use up my endless craft resources and maybe even help me to save on some gifts / cards in the future. So yes – me, myself and I agree that this is absolutely ok. So I will decide again and again – it sounds more difficult than it is – about what is necessary and what isn’t – although I don’t need a craft course, but I think it helps my personal development and other things.

What I also find is, that I am faster in going through my emails. I delete newsletter from certain providers and I reduced the amount of newsletter enormously.
I am also faster at going grocery shopping: We make a list and then run from one point to the other, maybe checking some of the offers, but also find that we don’t need most of those offers.
I also find is that I value the things I already have more. I may even become more thankful. But we are only at Day 15 here and there are 350 more to come.

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Thinking a lot…

I am thinking a lot about what I buy and why I buy it, if it really needs replacing once it is brocken, lost or disappeared otherwise. Just the other day I dropped a book by accident in the toilet. I don’t normaly do that :). But it was sitting in the bathroom for months and I only looked at it once or twice, although it is a really good book. For now I put the titel on my amazon wish list and will see how bad I miss that book.

My final buys from last year arrived and are payed. And the pressies for hubbies birthday in February arrived and two more I’ve ordered today. Yes – pressies are okay!

I find myself trying to find a lot of excuses for buying things – or not buying things. I refused to buy a really nice smartphone from a friend, because up to now I don’t need one. I am fine without apps with my normal three-and-a-half-year-old phone – it is still working and I hope it does for some time. Until then – I don’t think I need it.

I find it interesting to go to the grocery store just for the things on the list. I do have a short look at the offers, but usually I really don’t need it. I am very intruiged to see what it does in the long run.

We have a monastry nearby and they do some sort of fleemarket for a good cause – this one I find really difficult to resist. I think I will allow myself to spend a certain amount once a month there as a treat.

I told my husband he is permitted to give me presents or take me out, but I will avoid to buy anything else but the essentials. I had to go to the hairdressers (short hair, so every five weeks I’ll have to go), but that is fine and I do have a really nice hairdresser and it is always nice to have a wee chat with him. I had to buy a pretty expensive shampoo, because of my skin condition, but I was really thinking about it. Also had to fill the car, can’t really avoid this one. Also bought some beverages for the next few weeks, but almost felt guilty about it, because it is not just “plain water” or juice and I don’t really “need” it. But I think I will have to find out for myself, what is ok and what isn’t.

I received this book I was talking about earlier (still last years buy). It is called “I don’t buy anything”, but it seems like the lady was almost a shopaholic and must have had a huge warderobe. This alone is not possible in our tiny weeny flat. So that is a good start.

I also noticed that once I started thinking about buying, I re-think many other things in life. Do I really want/need to watch this, eat this, do this…? Don’t know where this will get me, but feel free to stay with me on that journey if you like.

BTW They do a lot of free books on amazon kindle… and I had the kindle already, long before I started. Anyway – I don’t think I will run out of books in the next ten years or so.

Any New Year Resolutions on your side? Why are they called re-solutions…. hmmm

Alternative New Year Resolution

2014 – New Year, new ideas. Quit a while ago I came across a book – I haven’t read it yet – about a lady who didn’t shop for a year.

I found this idea quite intruiging. BTW: Don’t expect any perfect grammar here, I just want my English speaking friends to be able to read this too. If I ever get to publish the blog – still not convinced about sharing too many personal information on the internet.

Anyhow – back to the subject. The lady didn’t go shopping for a year. I think she defined for herself what is an important buy and what isn’t. So in case of trying some of the usual New Year Resolutions – which usually don’t last longer then Mid-January, I thought I come up with my version of “not-shopping”.

End of December I had a look at our storage – food, cosmetics (as in: make-up, shampoo, shower gel etg.) I also had a look in my cupboard – as if I didn’t see it at least every morning… I did some “final buys” end of the year and I still expect one or two orders, which I of course will pay, but then I’ll give it a try.

I am not a shopaholic or so. At least I don’t think I am. But I love reading organizing posts/blogs/books and I think I am pretty good with all the tidying up stuff. We have a small falt. Two people, 55 square meters under a roof. And we do have a lot of things. We are sharers. We like to give where we see a need and can fill it. I work for a NGO, so that doesn’t make me rich, but it pays the bill. Hubby has a part time job too, and we are ok. But getting back to the shopping business. I occasionally find myself bringing home things I don’t need, already have or I don’t really want, once I really think about it.

So I will do a little inventory of the next few days and a few rules on which I’ll try to shop-along.

Things like:
Do I need it or do I only want it?
Is it broken an need replacing/repairing?
Is it a gift? – Gifts are ok. We are givers and I don’t like friends and family to miss out on pressies.
I will “allow” hubby to give me a really wanted thing for a birthday or a anniversary (and yes, valentines day counts too :))

I guess I will come up with more during the next few days.

I am absolutely new to blogging, and I will see where we take it from here. I don’t know how often I’ll blog, but I’ll give it a try.

So what are your resolutions – if any?