What I learned from Buy Nothing Month

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.

April 2017

April 2017

My Financial Independence Mission Statement

My Financial Independence Mission Statement