My official "end" of buying nothing was Easter Sunday. And now it's Tuesday and I have no desire to run out to shop. I like that settled feeling. Thursday is one of my son's 7th birthday so that will mean a trip to a local toy shop and sporting goods store tomorrow. My birthday list is intentional and small yet quality and meaningful.
With my Buy Nothing experiment, I can't say that I have found the quick cure for Amazon addiction or that I won't be tempted by cute shoes and pretty bags and funky beaded jewelry. I do however feel strongly about:
- no longer making quick emotional buying decisions
- keeping out cheap plastic toys
- keeping simple wardrobes and being ruthless in our closets
- trying to "make do" instead of buying new
- using more of my emotional energy to love people instead of perusing stores/shopping
- handmade (if possible) and simplicity in gift-giving
- don't buy "the good deal" unless it is a need
- give, give, give instead of spend, spend, spend
For those of you that joined me, tell the rest of us about your experience? If you are in the middle of this experiment, what is the biggest "aha!" moment for you?