Stopping Shopping...More Time

Okay so it has been three days since I have entered a store.  This plan of mine does not include groceries stores, as our family has to eat.  But I will not cheat and buy things more than the food we need when I am grocery shopping for the next 28 days.

What have I learned just this weekend without shopping?

Time saved: I do not need to read the advertisements in the Sunday paper.  They can go right to recycling.  I am not entering a store because there is a sale.  This includes the flyer I had already put in my car because there was a good deal.  I recycled that flyer and took stopping at that store off my list of things to do.

Key Found: Since I had a bit of time and was in my car without driving to grab and dispose of the dangerous store flyer, I decided to clean it up a bit.  To my surprise, I found a key under the seat that I had been looking for during the past month.  Yes, I had already looked under the seat.  I was about to get another one made.  As it was my business post office box key, I saved $9 because of yesterday's discovery.

Web Browsing:   Yes, Internet shopping is shopping to me.  Without shopping and browsing on the web, I have found several great sites on my other interests.  So fun to read more about genealogy and Irish history - all for free.

Stop Shopping to Save Money

Pondered today what I heard about not going into shops.  This was on the radio by a behavior psychologist.  When we go into shops we see things that we did not know we needed.  Then we increase our wants and desires.  The psychologist suggested we do not go in stores to curb spending. I have done this successful at different times.  Maybe I will try this again now.  I had already slowed down the process by taking both my credit cards out of my wallet – the one for business and for personal.  They sit home in my office.

Why not revisit this idea?  I decided on Friday the 23rd of January to not shop for a month. 

I can do my one month without shopping at stores.  Without going into stores.  I can do that.

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