One of my personal goals this year is ‘Do Not Shop’ for any item (except it is for the sake of my work).
I would like to do a half a year review on my goal. I know I have spent some money on shopping, but let me find out what they were.
Thanks to the habit to record my daily expenses (I wrote an article about it here), I only took 5 minutes to get to list down all items.
Below are the items:
Feb: nothing (impressed of my good work, because I did not buy any new clothes for Chinese new year, I found I got 2 new shirts when I was tidying my closet, so I wore one for my new year), instead, I donated some clothes out (donating has become one good motivation for me to practice de-cluttering, I wrote about it here)
Mar: 1 x Dry fit t-shirt + 1 x Compressed long pants (Yes, I regret now that I bought them, bought them for my Sundown marathon)
Apr: 1 x Fordable Tent (I bought it for my personal retreat and I know I will use it again in future for my retreats to come)
May: 1 x Milk frother + 1 x Spinner (Milk frother is totally a good investment, I have been using it almost everyday to make my Matcha latte, though it is a little pricey; Spinner, ohhh, a toy I so hoped to try and I finally bought it)
June: 2 x Yoga bricks + 1 x Yoga strap + 1 x Yoga mat + 1 x Yoga mat towel + 1 x Microfibre towel + 1 x Sport outfit for attending yoga classes (This is all that I need for my yoga practice for now, I know I will use this set for long time)
I know I have failed the goal I set for the year but I am happy that I did not spend much on new clothes/bags/fashions which I used to spend my money on in the past.
I was surprised that the half a year without much shopping was not as difficult as I thought it would be.
I only applied 2 simple methodologies:
- Do not let yourself have much chance to see or get near to things you used to like to browse/shop
- I usually do not go to shopping mall, even if I did, I went with a clear purpose what I need to buy (the longest shopping around was when I was looking for a simple milk frother but could not find it from a few shopping malls/stores)
- By doing so, I know I saved a lot of time (browsing/comparing/deciding)
- If I spend money, I would spend it on gaining experience
- Rather than spending money to own things, I feel better to spend my money on buying experience/healthy food
- I know well that with the money unspent (from buying things), I would have enough to spend them on buying my time/experience/skills (so being minimalist does mean to compromise the quality of life, I wrote an article about it here)
- With the time saved from shopping/browsing, I made more time to do sport, to attend events, to read, to cook, to write / with the money I saved from shopping like I used to be, I knew I made a budget for the classes/activities I hope to attend but was used to worry about the financial burden. I am only switching my budget on things worth my attention but I kept neglecting.
My piggy coin bank was finally full after collecting the $1 for half a year, so I opened up to see how much I had fed him…
There was a surprising $207 🙂