Saving my money, but “spending” my time

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Photo by Dan4th

Have I ever mentioned that I am addicted to shopping? Not just casual shopping, either, but walk-up-and-down-every-aisle shopping? Yeah. I am… and I really need to kick the habit.

We spent months before our trip getting rid of stuff so Greg could move in. We made multiple trips to Goodwill, had a garage sale, gave things away, and returned stuff to its rightful owners. However, we still have way too much. There are piles of stuff in my bedroom and office. My closet and dresser are filled. There are scrapbooking supplies in boxes all over the craft room floor. (The photos and memorabilia are stacked in boxes which have been stash-and-dashed into Quinland’s bathroom.)

Obviously, there is nothing in the world that I actually need.

But, you must remember, this is an addiction, and ever since I got home, I have been craving a trip to Goodwill. (The only thing that gives me a greater-than-normal shopping rush is getting a good deal while I am at it – and if I am also reusing something, all the better for the world.) I told myself that I didn’t need anything, but my addicted self told me right back that I was just going to look, not buy.

I held out for exactly four days.

Last night, I took Quinland on a little shopping expedition to Goodwill and Value Village. I did more than look. (My addicted self is a liar.) At Goodwill, I bought three books – one for myself, one for Q, and one for a gift – and a yoga mat. At Value Village, I bought Q some stuff for her Halloween costume and bought myself a picture frame. Not too bad, and I could rationalize the need for most of it – but still, not necessary.

Worse yet, it unleashed a shopping monster within me. Today, I went to T.J. Maxx (where I didn’t buy anything) and K-Mart (where I got Q the thumb drive she needs for school). Yes, I am proud of myself for not bringing unneeded stuff into the house. But even though I didn’t buy anything, I’m still frustrated with myself, because I wasted an incredible amount of time for nothing. Yes, I enjoyed myself. I love the act of shopping as much as I do the act of purchasing stuff. But I have much better things to do with my time.

Much Better Things I Could Do With My Time:

  • Hang out with my family
  • Find my keys
  • Sort through paperwork
  • Work on the travel blog
  • Do some scrapbooking
  • Visit with friends

See what I mean? Any of these – and I could go on and on with the list – would be more useful and/or enjoyable than shopping for nothing!

How about you? Do any things recently you later regretted? Have a list of ways you would rather be spending your time? Feel free to chime in and let me know that I am not alone!

Daily Check-In:

I’m grateful for the gorgeous sunshine we have been having this week. It’s by far the best weather we have had all summer!

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