After a bad start this month, I am pleased to say that these last two weeks, I have purchased nothing! Other than food, which I kinda need.
My first week really was hard for me. I can’t really explain why. I usually don’t do hardcore shopping anyway. I’m not a shopaholic. But yes, if I see something and I want it bad enough and it won’t mess up my monthly budget, I’ll buy it.
It might be partly because of my job as well.
I have a stressful job. Very stressful. Hundreds of people depend on me each week.
However, I get paid pretty well for what I do (pretty much the only reason why I’ve stayed so long). There are many days that I see something I want and I do say ,”I deserve this,” and I kinda do because I’ve busted my rear end each day. Sometimes I think, “why am I doing this every day if I can’t get what I want?”
I actually want to get away from this way of thinking.
I have zero intention of quitting my well-paid stressful job.
But I do want to get away from buying THINGS with my paycheck.
Today, I spent the day with my family. I bought one thing. Milk, to go in a quiche. We went for a really long walk to Mars and then barbecued hot dogs.
Just kidding. This isn’t Mars. It’s just a short walk from our house. See there’s still a tiny bit of snow on the hill?
Anyway, the buying one thing (milk) and hot dogs bit was true.
And we had a lot of fun! Just being with each other. Getting outside. Breathing fresh air. Being a human without consuming.
I’ve been thinking a lot this month on what I want to do with my money. Will I buy things in April? Probably. I didn’t set aside this huge list of anything to buy after my “no-buy” month was over. I might buy a new pillow for my neck at night. Maybe. Buying stuff just doesn’t seem important as much anymore.
I want to have days like today, hanging out and eating with my family. I want to travel a bit. Maybe I’ll look into retiring early. Or I’ll just shove it all into savings.
But I just don’t want to buy anymore.