Today maks the half way point for the no retail shopping challenge! It’s hard to believe it’s been one half of a year already, but it also feels like I have a long way to go. Today is Thanksgiving, and no, I did not plan for this day to fall on a holiday. If I had, I would have made it fall on black friday, as that makes more sense. I was going to do a daily recap, however the search features on the trashsociety.com blog are a much easier way to find past posts.
I get a lot of questions about this challenge, once people process it and quit giving me the crazy look. Here’s some questions I’ve heard.
What will you do when the challenge is done? Once I’m done with the challenge, I will organize the site into an resource blog, categorized by topics. I’m sure I will also find another related challenge to do. I also plan to make this into a book.
Will you go shopping the day it’s done? No, that would feel weird. This is really changing my shopping habits, and although I will shop again, I will do it very differently.
Have you bought anything? Yes, I had to buy one thing. Tires for my car. They were bad and it was a safety issue. If I wrecked my car or hurt my kids because of a challenge, that would be horrible and I could not live with myself. No, I didn’t start the one year over, and I did learn a lesson about planning for tire purchases. Even though I had to buy tires, the challenge purpose was accomplished, I had to learn and think differently.
So, you’re really going to finish this? Yes. Why not? Half way there…
What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned? I’ve learned much, but the biggest is that I made a lot of impulse purchases. I can live with much less stuff. I don’t need that colorful stuff to sit on a shelf or another gadget. Some of them might be nice, but most will probably end up at the thrift store.
Are you saving money? The quick answer to this is yes, but that was not my motivation at all when I started, although it’s a nice benefit.
What are the benefits of doing it? There are many, but the best one is not one I expected. Less stuff = less mess. It’s so much easier to keep my house picked up. Not only are we not shopping, but we give things we don’t need or use to the thrift stores or to people we know that will use these things. Our closets are not full, there’s extra space in all of our drawers and my garage, well, it’s made progress, but we still have a little way to go out there. Need some motivation to clean out an area of your house? Watch an episode of Hoarders.
Later today, I will be adding a new artistic twist to the challenge. Stay tuned…