So 45 days into this, and how’s it really going? I think it’s going well. Here’s a few situations and challenges I’ve run across over the past couple of weeks.
Even though I can buy groceries and toiletries in retail places, I’ve tried to avoid the superstores. I grocery shop at Kroger, which is a chain, but there aren’t any grocery stores that are not chains. I did recently go into Target for a few groceries and Walmart for a few toiletries. This was not my first choice, but the person I was with chose those stores. Again, I can go in, but I can only buy groceries or toiletries. In both stores, I got what I needed and left. I had no desire to look around or shop at either place. The trip there did make me think though. I need to find some non-chain retail places to buy groceries and toiletries. I’ll keep you posted on that.
Oooo, I want to buy a… nevermind.
There have been a few times where I have wanted to buy something. Once it pops into my head, I quickly dismiss it, knowing I can’t, well, have chosen not to. I want welding equipment really bad, some miscellaneous art supplies and a leaf blower. I don’t need them and I’ll live without them. I have to say, I have the welding equipment in the back of my mind though and have thought that might be a purchase I could make once my year is up. It feels very wrong to be thinking that way, but if I wait, I sure won’t be anything close to an impulse buy, right?
I seem to appreciate the things I do have much more now. I’m not quite sure how this happened or when, but I just feel more content. I’m so blessed to have shelter, food and all of the things my kids and I need. If we do want something new, we usually just forget about it and play with our old stuff. I like this.
Services vs. stuff
I had someone tell me, “…so you’ll pay for services (referring to my lawn guy) but you won’t buy anything.” Yes, that is true. With a service, I’m not collecting more stuff and by using services, I’m helping keep people employed. It’s like when my kids want something, I’d rather take them to a movie and spend the money there. We’re doing something together and not accumulating more stuff. I could take that money and buy them toys that will sit in the bottom of a toy bin after a week or spend it doing something as a family.
Overall, I’m glad I chose to this challenge.