Know that you will get itchy fingers to shop and that’s okay. On those days, avoid Target and other Target-like temptations (see bowls from Anthropologie above — I hear your siren call and I resist. Resist!) at all cost. Cath and I are going to start a series called “Instead of shopping” to give you ideas of what to do when your phalanges get the urge to creep toward your wallet.
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when I feel the seemingly irresistible urge to spend I sometimes transfer the amount of money I would have spent to my savings account to remind myself of my long term goals (travel, my next move, next music festival).
I go ahead and buy so I can get rid of that itchy feeling. Then I usually end up returning it all. My life is a never ending cycle of buying and returning 🙂 Of course, those times I get stuck with something I didn’t really want, I question my life choices.
Ooh great idea! I’m looking forward to seeing your tips.
My ways of fighting itchy shopping fingers right now:
-Since KonMari-ing, I’ve been writing down everything I buy that’s not a necessity or a consumable. For example, a shirt or a scented candle will count but not a pack of pantiliners from the drugstore. Seeing a list of everything I’ve bought in a month makes me realize how much I’m spending on random trifles and discourages me from buying more stuff.
-I work out. I’m already paying for a Bar Method unlimited monthly membership anyway, so I’ll just sign up for more classes to keep myself busy, tired, and high on endorphins.
-If I must spend money, I’ll spend it on an experience, like a movie or an amazing meal at a new-to-us restaurant, or taking a weekend trip somewhere.
I have always been terrible for buying needless crap, so this is definitely something I need to keep a handle on. Lately I’ve gotten a bit better, and what has worked for me is the make clear saving goals, with actal prices next to them (my savings account online banking allows for this), which has made saving a lot more real in my mind and has made it therefore easier to say no to needless spending.
I also find that since KonMari-ing my house, everything has it’s own place, making it easier for me to know what I have and not to double buy.
Those bowls are difficult to resist! I love the idea for this series and can’t wait to check out more of your tips 🙂