My Year of Less

For many years I struggled to stop shopping. Shopping was my way of escaping the family and life drama after I gave up drinking. I could bring up past events that caused this to happen but there is no sense in living in the past. Instead let me tell you how my own no shopping ban started.

In 2018, I started having no shopping days to test to see if I was really addicted to shopping. Within a month I confirmed that I was in fact addicted to shopping despite the fact I was just about to finish paying off over $10,000 in credit card debt.

The official plan to not shop in 2019 started in November 2018 with Cait Flanders’

The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store

I outlined my three different shopping lists.

  1. Items that I could purchase or basically food, medicine, and replacement items.
  2. Items that I was banned from purchasing regardless of excuse or reason even if the world was ending.
  3. Future purchases not on list 1 but that I could purchase after careful consideration and research.

I sat looking at these lists for two months. Maybe trying to see what else I could add to list 1 or 3. I also discussed my goals with my husband and BFF. Figured if I kept it a secret I would cheat.

I woke up New Years day with this intense urge to shop. I tried to convince my husband that we needed a new blender because if the money came from our joint account it didn’t count (P.S. he didn’t go for it and guess what? Our current blender is still going strong!). As the days went on the easier it got. I even survived walking around The Strand bookstore in NYC and only added titles to my Goodreads list. By mid January the urge to shop was gone.

I finished January by saving 82.6% of my goal. Hooray for me!

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