Money poster by Howard Sokol via allposters.comNot to sound repetitive and all, but I really cannot believe how quickly this three months of no-spending is going.
Today is my first day of classes for spring quarter, so I will make this update brief.
My spring break was full of relaxation and catching up with people and fun, so there was (surprisingly) little temptation to shop. I had been worried that boredom would lead to shopping, but it turns out that I can usually find something else to do, even if it's just picking up a good book or magazine. This week, instead of shopping, I...
- Visited Grandma
- Cleaned and organized (am I the only person who actually likes this?) so now my place looks fab
- Laid around with my old copies of Glamour and Real Simple (my two fave magazines of the moment)
- Celebrated my friend Hilary's birthday (woo!)
- Went to the zoo with Nathan (pictures to come, of course)
I have also started thinking about the end of the spending hiatus. I only have two weeks left (!!!), and I'm not sure how I am going to make sure I don't go back to my old mindless spending ways. The hiatus has made me more aware of how things that seem essential aren't generally that important, and I know that will help me a lot with future shopping. I am also more aware of my habit of emotional spending (under stress or loneliness) and the fact that it really only makes me feel guilty later. I want to make sure that my new awareness lasts, though, so now I am asking you all for your sage advice...
Dear Readers: How do you think I should "phase out" of the spending hiatus? How do you manage your (unessential) spending?
And, of course, you can read all of the spending hiatus posts here.