Well, well, well... time flies!!! There is less then a month to go for my shopping ban that started last year! You can read about it here.
Next black Friday in November 25th... please BUY NOTHING!!! I know I won't!!!
During this year, I have learned that no matter how much you THINK you NEED something... wait it out and it will pass... almost always... with a few exceptions! I mean, it is reasonable to assume that eventually all our clothes will worn out... and especially socks, underwear and footwear... even more so when you don't have a car! In your home, what you have now is OK... you don't need more... and probably could do with less... only buy to replace something that no longer is usable.
Use it up. Wear it our. Make it do. Do without.
It has been my mantra for the last year and will remain so for the rest of my life...
My biggest issue, just like most women, was clothes... and I realized that clothes are really just covering your body (Sweet November movie)... of course they should make you feel good... but play around with what you have... modify your clothes to your liking ( scissors are my best friend)... get second-hand and make them fit your lifestyle and style! Be creative... life should be FUN! And getting dress too! It's easy to hem something or just cut it without hemming... add patches to elbows... or change the buttons... you can also dye something you like but no longer care for the color... Look into the men's section of your favorite thrift store...
Next biggest spending would be kitchen... who needs 25 pots and pans? A set of dishes for every occasion? A set of dishes and silverware for guests? No one really... sorry to break it to you! Every day is a special occasion... everyone eating at your table is a guest... plus older dish wear were actually sturdier and last longer... I have dishes that date back to the 50`s and 60's found in an antique store... and they don't even match because when you buy random items that are not a "set" it is MUCH cheaper! Plus it gives you the chance to select the plate for each guest to your table! As for pots and pans, just refine the way you eat, re-organize your cooking schedule and you'll be able to do with much much less!!! And you'll spend less time in the kitchen and more with you family and/or guests! It's a win-win!
As for music, film and books, you can legally (and this really matters to me - everyone deserves to be paid for their work and creativity) download, borrow from a friend or the library, or buy used and sell back after...
And it goes on and on... there is so much second-hand stuff available that you really do not need to buy anything new anymore... or hardly!
Think about it... and if you still choose to buy new, and I know I do sometimes, make sure you'll use it up or wear it out.
Thanks for boycotting this coming Black Friday.