Sunday, July 14, 2019

Not Shopping Is HARD

I'm not going to lie. If I could go back in time and NOT do this resolution, I would. This is harder than anything I have ever done before.
Feel free to think I'm being overdramatic. But I'm not. Take a step back and think about it.

My New Year's resolution is to not shop for myself. I was totally inspired by Meg Hall and she's got a group of people working hard it too. But dang it's HARD. 

Now, I can still shop for my husband and son but nothing for me unless it is a necessity and nothing for my home unless it is a necessity.

Here's what I miss the most:

1. The thrill of the hunt.

I love a good find. I mean, today, I wore my $19.99 Lilly Pulitzer romper that I scored at the warehouse clearance sale last year and had an extra pep in my step because of the great deal that it was! It's like a drug. The hunt. The high of a great find. The rush you get from the discovery. It's like an addiction. Holla atcha girl if you feel me.  

2. The random fun find at Target.

Do you have ANY idea how hard it is to go to Target and ONLY get what's on your list? I mean, when you do it, you should walk out the doors and get a high five form someone. Right?! I miss the fun graphic tee, the cute discovery in the dollar spot, a new lip balm, some fun sandals, people, I could go on for ages. Target is my love language. 

3. Wandering aimlessly through HomeGoods or TJMaxx.

One of the items on the top of my list when I have alone time (because as a WAHM of a toddler that happens SO often) is wandering aimlessly through HomeGoods of TJMaxx. Some cute new napkins, a new plant, a pretty basket, a fun new dress. This just doesn't happen right now because temptation is STRONG there. And I mean STRONG. 

4. An afternoon of outlet digging.

Last week, while on vacation with friends, the moms all spent the day hitting up the outlets. Damn y'all, it was HARD. No shopping for me. At. All. It sucked. I got my son a few things he needed and my husband had a list that I checked off almost all of it. And to see how strong I really was, I found my FAVORITE dress I own in a different color, in my size, on INSANE sale, and I DI NOT BUY IT. I deserve a medal. Someone bring me one. 

5. Something NEW.

It's the drug. It's a high. It gives you a little more confidence and excitement. You stand up straighter. You do. I swear. And boy do I miss that. A lot. 

BUT. Here's what I've learned. 

1. I have plenty of stuff. I have enough clothes, shoes, accessories, makeup and beauty products. I have enough towels, dishes, party supplies, books, you name it. I truly have enough. 

2. We are a generation of consumers. We LOVE to shop. And the instant gratification we seem to crave is SUPER common and runs within us all. 

3. Stop and think before you buy DRASTICALLY improves the quality of what you're buying and bringing into your home. Seriously. I was a BIGTIME impulsive shopper and would always fear FOMO if I didn't snag that hot item with everyone else. But guess what? Taking a step back and REALLY thinking about that purchase oftentimes ends with not purchasing it. 

4. I have inspired a lot of people with this. And for that, my heart is happy. I am glad others can gain insight into their shopping habits from this learning experience. 

Do you think I'll make it til the end?? 

1 comment :

  1. I'm so impressed you've made it this far! You DO deserve a medal. Resisting that temptation to buy things we don't need to make ourselves feel temporarily better is really, really hard. I hope you make it this year!
    Chic on the Cheap