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Remember I was on a self-induced three month no-buy challenge? Here is my confession: I failed it miserably in March.
People say that the first two months are the most difficult, and then the miracle happens. You get out of the habit of wanting things. Maybe for some of us it works. It definitely does not work for me. If anything, the longer I go without shopping, the more I crave it.
I induced a three month no-buy challenge and failed it because I found myself in the mall, obsessively staring at the new shoe collections. You would think that I should be able to avoid spending money on things that I want, especially that I promised here, publicly, on this blog, to buy based on my “needs” only.
Maybe it is physiological, maybe it is just my pure greediness. Maybe, after all, I am a weak person who cannot control and deal with raw emotions. I succumbed to my wants. I came up with “needs” just to get myself into a store.
Dealing With “Wants” Three Step Action Plan
Determine a real cost. Before buying anything, I decided that I want to figure out how many hours I have to work to afford my “want.” Maybe determining this real cost of a particular commodity, will put a different perspective on my “wants.”
I’ve never used this approach before, so I was quite curious to see what was the real cost of my last three pairs of shoes that I got. It took me 10 hours of work to earn the price of my three pairs of shoes.
Keeping busy. This should not be a problem between my full-time job, social life and blogging I keep myself very busy. I don’t have time to fill because I am doing something all the time. I just need to make sure I don’t succumb to my wants and make time to run to the mall.
Set up a new challenge. Since I failed my no-buy challenge, I am contemplating a new one. We all want to update our wardrobe as the new season rolls in: new colors, new styles, new looks are tempting and alluring. Instead of depriving myself from shopping and malls, I need to set limits on things I buy. Why not let myself update five things a season? At least then, I will be more careful and more choosy with the things I buy. Since I updated my wardrobe with spring clothes in March, I will wait till June to decide on five things I want to get for myself for the summer.
How do you deal with “wants?”