Back in early February, I vowed to purchase nothing but expendables for 30 days. I almost made it, but I caved while on vacation and bought a new iced tea pitcher.
I reset the clock and tried again. It is becoming a habit, but I haven’t been perfect. I did buy a new bicycle, but I traded in one of my old ones. Net zero. Hopefully the new one will fit my current life better. I also bought a small gift for Mrs. Mack505. (Don’t tell her. It hasn’t arrived yet.)
Yesterday I noticed something interesting. I went into Big Orange Home Improvement Warehouse to replace a broken trash can and pick up some primer for our ceilings. It felt weird. There were acres of stuff to buy, and I wanted none of it. I didn’t really even want the stuff I was there to get. I got what I needed and got out quickly.
Tonight we trekked to Big Green Chain Bookstore Which is More About Electronics and Coffee Now. It’s a weakness for me. I rarely leave for less than $100. A similar thing happened, though. I bought two books, both non-fiction. None of the usual authors or subjects appealed to me. I have plenty to read already and access to a good library. In the bookstore I could happily browse but didn’t feel the need to buy.
I’m one day short of my 30 day non-purchasing goal. I hope I can keep up the habit indefinitely.