The urge to go shopping can be stronger than Dwayne The Rock Johnson at a marshmallow lifting contest, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up and surrender all will.
The urge to shop, whether it’s the mall, thrift shops, garage sales or Etsy can be conquered. Like Alcoholics Anonymous, it’s one day at a time, but in the words of countless cheesy 1970′s motivational posters, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
- Remove shopping for entertainment from your routine. Even if you go in with a just browsing mindset, you’re likely to come across something to buy. Sure, you rationalize that it’s a gift for someone else, but it’s still shopping.
- Take something you already own and bring it back to life. Whether you’re giving it a good scrub or just a fresh coat of paint, you can get that look at my new thingamabob endorphin rush from stuff you already own.
- Enlist a friend (or blogging community like The Non-Consumer Advocate Facebook Group) to keep you honest. Talk about your goal to stop shopping, and get the help you need.
- Spend an hour or two decluttering an area of your house. Once you’ve made all the hard decisions about what to get rid of, (plus the realization of how much money you’ve spent of stuff you’re now getting rid of) the urge to bring new stuff into your house is decidedly dampened. For bonus motivation, watch an episode of Hoarders before decluttering.
- Go to your local library. The library is to methadone, like the mall is to heroin. ( <– SAT analogy, here!) You get that same awesome new stuff thrill without the monetary drain or cluttering factor. Because even if you lug home twenty tons of library materials, it will be going back.
Now you. How do you curb your shopping urges? please share your ideas in the comments section below.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”