It seems like every time the seasons change, I get the urge to shop. Spring makes me think about summer dresses, and patio chairs, and lighter quilts to throw on my bed, while fall conjures images of high boots, cozy scarves, and new area rugs to keep my toes cozy in the cold weather.
This year is no different. Now that it’s getting a little bit colder outside, I’ve been drawn towards online shopping and have been making a mental list of what I need in my wardrobe and my home. The trouble is, I’m still two months away from being debt free, and paying off that car loan takes precedence over all else. I don’t have any cash to spare if I want to get my debt paid off by the end of October, so I’ve come up with a few things that’ll ease my shopping bug.
Cleaning and Organizing
I’ve definitely been on a cleaning and organizing kick lately. It started out innocently enough when I went through my closet and eliminated everything I no longer wear (I donated the cast offs), but it started to become a pattern when I moved on to the kitchen, then the entertainment unit, and once I started reorganizing our records I knew that this fussing and cleaning wasn’t innocent. I needed an outlet for my nervous energy.
The urge to shop fills me with a lot of negative energy, which I love getting out through cleaning and decluttering. The process helps me relax, and the resulting clean home isn’t half bad either. Whenever I spend an evening being productive with both my cleaning and blogging, my urge to check the sales online decreases and I’m able to just relax and not think about it.
Make a List
There are about a thousand things I’m wanting for my little house right now. A new duvet cover for my bed, two new rugs for the bedroom and living area, new pillows for the couch, a door mat, the list goes on. There are also a few things that I need for my fall wardrobe, like a new pair of high boots to keep my feet dry in winter – unfortunately my Toms aren’t going to cut it.
Actually making a list of all of the crap that I’ve been wanting and needing really puts things into perspective. Most of that stuff on that list, isn’t a need. New boots for the middle of winter is a need, new pillows for the couch are not needs. They’re wants. They’re frivolous, silly, expensive and unnecessary wants that will serve only to make my place more aesthetically pleasing.
Anything that isn’t a need, regretfully gets bumped to the bottom of the list. There’s only so much money to go around this fall.
Shopping, a little
If something is truly a need and I get to finally make that purchase, I scour the internet. First, I try and figure out exactly what it is I want, to avoid regretting my decision later. Second, I try and find a deal, somewhere, anywhere.
I’ve browsed sites like Overstock.com. Occasionally I’ll find what I’m looking for, but unless it’s exactly what I want, I pass. I’ve been on the lookout for a door mat for about six months now, haven’t found the right one yet, to the dismay of my floors which are frequently covered in dirt and grass (still not a need though, I just need to vacuum more often).
This method has served me well and I have, in fact, done a little bit of shopping lately. I bought some winter clothing and a pair of high boots. I’m also planning on dropping $20 or so on some loose leaf tea from David’s Tea. Sometimes, when the consumption itch strikes, scratching it ever so gently tides me over until the next urge to shop hits.
Do you get the urge to shop in the fall? What tricks to you employ to keep your shopping to a minimum?