Last year, for the first six months of the year, we decided to only buy what we “needed” and not what we “wanted.” I’d find myself standing in the candy aisle asking myself, “Does chocolate count as a need?” When I answered myself with no, I’d storm off like a pouting child. Sometimes, I’d buy it just to spite myself.
When we hit the six month mark, we were in such a habit of rationalizing the need/want argument in our head, we found ourselves putting things back, or talking ourselves out of buying something easily and on our own.
I noticed my husband asking me if he could buy things and I did the same. He gets out of bed every day, puts that uniform on and works long hours for his money, what right did I have to tell him no if it was something he really wanted?
But he started telling himself no, and there were less movies bought, less games, less junk food, less eating out, less of everything in the house.
This time when we moved, we chose a much smaller home to rent in order to force us to get rid of “stuff” accumulated throughout moves. I felt a little bad because many of my belongings still sit safely at my mother’s and here my husband was clinging to a pair of khakis. “You have four pair!” I heard myself say, and yet, we were getting rid of all his things. What about mine? It wasn’t fair. If we were going to downsize, we both had to do it. The next time I get to my mom’s she claims I’ll need a little U-haul truck to take everything back with me. My plan is to give it away, not bring it back.
This year, I’ve bugged my man until he’s willing to do it again. It will be difficult to put the “wants” back now that we’ve gotten out of the habit, but if we buckle down for six months, I’d like to save enough for a real vacation. Let’s see how much we can save in six months!
Every time I “want” something and don’t buy it, I’ll write how much it would have cost me. Don’t know if my honey will do the same, but I’ll try to persuade him. At the end of the six months, we’ll tally it up and see if we saved enough to take a vacation. What a prize to work toward! Think of all the needless “stuff” we won’t have in the house traded out for a week of relaxation and memories. 🙂
I’ll take that, please!
By denying ourselves for six months, we’re working toward a goal. We’re not monks!
(You do notice every single picture I picked for this post is about food. Food with sugar in it. Hmm….what does that tell you about me? My husband’s pictures would all be stuff downloaded off Itunes! I am much more concerned about what I can’t eat!)
Since January 1st, I’ve bought a pack of diet soda ($2.99) and four songs off Itunes ($5.16). All wants. Not such a good start. Let’s see how next week goes…
Other articles about downsizing and cutting out sugar:
- Women Tell 474 Lies Per Year About Food! (q104.radio.com)
- In Mourning (sustainableutopia.wordpress.com)
- Note to Self: Stop Being A Junk Food Junky (deepthoughtsandsparkleness.wordpress.com)
- Specialists in late-life downsizing are on the rise (msnbc.msn.com)