I got fed up yesterday. I bought something online which didn’t work. It cost me 20% to return it. If I’d purchased it locally, I could have tried it out and known how it functioned – either would not have purchased it, or would have returned it immediately. Last year I had credit identity stolen. That was not the first time for either of these incidences – so I quit.
Quit? Quit what? I quit using credit and shopping online. I’m doing it for a year with the hope that this will prove I don’t need the credit card, and don’t need to shop online. It may cost a few more pennies here and there to shop locally – or to substitute what I cannot find locally – but I’m willing to try. I don’t care if I don’t get points, and I don’t mind that I’ll get less emails (I’ve unsubscribed to all the sale ads to reduce temptation), and I don’t care if I can’t satisfy an order-it-now urge.
Simpledown is the new word for 2011.
I’ve “fasted” from shopping for 30 days and 90 days in the past as gifts for my hubby. I also did a one year fast from my (at that time) favorite clothing store. Interestingly enough, I no longer like to shop there. It seems that while I was in the habit, the sale prices seemed desirable, and now I wonder what on earth I was thinking. I’ve already created a chart to record the things I run out of that I might usually have ordered on the web. I’ll complete the former price, the new price wherever I find the item and compare at the end of the year if I really saved money or not. I know just not having the monthly stress will be a treat for the hubby.
I put this under mind, as in mind over matter, but it could also qualify under emotions, don’t you think?