I was swearing off Target this time last year, now here we go again.
After a few months of empty promises made to my sad-faced bank account and starving wallet, I’m finally serious about getting this financial house in order (right after scouring Ruche’s sale section for summer sandals — enough with this snow already). I want to feel comfortable, without adding a second job. I want to handle my money like an adult, not the 14-year-old shopping addict Hyde I sometimes morph into.
Damn you, hedonic adaptation.
I want to stop buying clothes I only wear once, meals purchased outside the home for convenience rather than the treat of good food and interesting atmospheres, and expensive-ass candles that smell as good as the $4 Walgreens option just with a nicer label. I’m quitting you, labels! Except when it comes to nicely designed wine.
I have some ideas to accomplish this and welcome suggestions:
- Shop with a list.
- Again, just stay away from Target. You have enough colored pants, girl.
- Along those lines, and this is oft-repeated fashion blog lore but is really just brilliant and will help with the Target withdrawals: Pare down my closet and use what I have. One big chunk of hangers holds all the pretty dresses and skirts and shiny things I own and never wear. I’m going to befriend that chunk this spring.
- Consider “necessities.” At this point, that’s not going to include Netflix, a gym membership or many nights out. Working out outside is free, and I’ll see more dogs.
- For nights out: I’d like to stick to the restaurants on a list of Places to Eat I’ve had saved for a year now. They’re the more-expensive spots, but limited to once a month or every two months, a delicious meal and a night out in an old-but-never-worn dress will be the perfect treat yo’self occasion.
- Splitting groceries where possible. It’s really hard for one person to go through a bag of spinach before the bottom fourth gets slimy and brown (what is that juice?) but really easy for two people. Get yourself a fellow spinach lover.
- Avoid temptation: Clothing/home magazines/blogs are the worst. And please refrain from sending me pictures of you trying on that on-sale sweater (sorry, Sister…) because I just can’t—but I probably will when I see you looking fabulous.
- Find somebody with the right priorities, and do their thing. A sort of WWSSB, What Would Sensible Shopper Buy?
- Less time shopping for nice things, more time doing nice things. For myself and for other people. I see a lot of AZM original watercolor crafts in all of our futures, and hikes and picnics by the lake and camera adventures that don’t cost a thang.
Periodic updates on how this turns out. I’ll be needing the accountability.