This is something I have to remind myself from time to time. Not as much as I used to, but still. Abandon hope, you cannot buy $10 worth for 50c. Cheap and nasty is a sure way to disappointment. Wasted time, lost money, spoiled mood, and unfulfilled need. Here we go again – shopping for the sake of shopping. No, thanks!
Holiday season is upon us, and I am fortifying my resolve to be a mindful shopper.
Here are my shopping rules this year:
- Think you need it? Make a round in the shopping mall; return and take a second look. If it doesn’t appeal to you as much as at first, put it back.
- If there is a question, there is no question. Don’t settle for something less then perfect. “I’ll loose some weight and the dress will be perfect. Right… Don’t deceive yourself girl – by the time you can squeeze in, it will be either out of style, or out of your taste. Keep your money.
- Think of the purpose. Can it satisfy two or more needs? In other words, is it multifunctional or is it a one day butterfly?(“Useful” doesn’t mean “dull”, by the way.)
- If you don’t have a place to store it, leave it. What use is it to have a kitchen gadget, that only the Second Drawer Fairy will enjoy?
- Something better is just around the corner.
- Don’t be a marketing victim. Now, what you are paying for?
- Beware of sales. They are not for your benefit, no matter what the ad says.
- Go as dear as you dare for the real quality; it will save you more in a long run.
- No credit! Spend what you have, not what you will have.
This year’s Christmas Mantra:
Why clutter my live with stuff when I can have joy?
Some more tips:
- Will you like it a year from now?
- Buy in advance, if possible. Nothing spoils Christmas mood more then a necessity to be in a crowded shopping centre.
- Plan. On paper where possible.
Gatherer instinct is strong in me. But those buckets translate the whole year of cherry pies and compotes. Plus pleasure of picking and generally careless mood of the holidays.
I like it better than seasonal presents and turkey. The only draw back – its so hard to stop! Thank goodness I have a sensible husband.