What I learned from Buy Nothing Month
Can I keep calling it Buy Nothing Month if I didn’t actually buy nothing? Sure, why not? The intent was there. Also, I learned something really interesting during it. Something that I will be able to carry forward with me into future months of buying less.
Until I did this exercise, I didn’t realize how much time I spent shopping online. I spent a lot of time shopping online. Whenever I was stressed at work, or bored, or procrastinating my first instinct was to click on one of my favorite online shopping sites (Amazon.com, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: 7 orders in January, 5 orders in February, 7 orders in March, 1 order in April.) to chase the uncomfortable feelings away.
I had to deal with those uncomfortable feelings in April. I was more productive and spent less time rushing to get things done at the last minute. Sometimes, I was just lost and didn’t know what to do with myself.
I look back at general categories of things that I have bought too much of - craft supplies, clothes, vacations - and I realize I was trying to fill a whole that resulted from not being happy with what I spend my days doing. That is still a problem but I really need to focus on how the work I do feeds into my larger goal of saving enough to not have to do it anymore.
Food for thought.