This may come as a bit of a surprise to some, but I like to shop. This sounds weird and incredibly shallow. I know this.
It gets me out of the house and I feel better and more relaxed when I buy myself and my kids nice things. I like looking nice (or thinking I do) and I get a great deal of satisfaction when people stop me on the street and ask where A got her super cute horsey coat (Hatley) or where C’s awesome shoes came from (tones of donations from my mommy friends). I love it when my chiropractor asks me where I purchased my coat from (Spank, 6 years ago) because she admires my style.
So in an attempt to stop the barage of clothes and things coming home from the shop with me, I am self-imposing a 60 ban on shopping. Groceries are ok. Make up at the grocery store is not ok. Stuff to colour my hair from the grocery store is ok. A gift for C when he turns 1 in April is OK. (Several gifts are not). Fabric and supplies for the etsy shop are OK- but they must be for things that are needed, not just because I like them. Un-pretty and unglamorous things like velcro and elastic.
What I find way too convenient is to buy things on-line and get them shipped to me. I love getting things in the mail. I think this is exacerbated by being on mat-leave and around kids 24/7. The e-mail newsletters for boutique kids stuff at 70% off etc are really hard to ignore. Don’t roll your yes- I know you think it’s nice when the Canada Post people show up with an envelope from an etsy seller or something awesome to read from Chapters or Amazon.ca for you too.
Ah, Amazon. The American version accepts Canadian credit cards and lets you ship to a US package holding outlet. Since Christmas, I have ordered: books and a baby toy, a deluxe stroller, gorgeous leather El Naturalista sandals and new leather Teva boots. All from Amazon. In defence of the boots my old ones are so worn, the holes in the soles are taking on rocks and the leather is peeling from the upper- it is time to replace them. And I wear them all the time…
..and then a stick vacuum from Costco, some crafting felt from Benzie and wool felt from Bear Dance. And a cute polo t-shirt for C (In 2T). On sale with free shipping. Argh! On-line purchasing is evil. I will need to be strong to resist the urge. ( I had actually put links to all of these things, but started to do some math in my head and thought you might think me silly and extravagant once price tags where attached).
Let me stress here, that this is all paid for and NOT on credit. There is no maxing-out or hiding of purchases from M. I fully disclose and M seems to begrudgingly accept this. However, I would like to save more and have less stuff in the house, so my next few posts will probably be about simplifying and de-cluttering.
I’m on the fence about consignment though. I bring items I make and some gently worn kids clothes for consignment and usually buy the kids some of the new toys or clothes from the consignment store in turn as I only get credit for the things that sell. It kind of feels like cheating if I take this and then turn around and spend it again. Or maybe I should limit this to using the credit for birthday gifts? I will have to think this one through some more.
I was inspired by Whoorl’s blog and her Pinterest board about not shopping for 90 days and so I thought I’d try to do something similar. I’m going to pin the stuff I think I want to buy and at the end of the two months (April 19) I’ll see how bad these things are burning a hole in my pocket. Do you want to try too? The more the merrier! You can follow along and see what I’ve pinned at: http://pinterest.com/kmaxom/the-60-day-no-shop/