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Buying less...

Confession - I want things - clothes things, fancy beauty product things, home things. I am assuming you all, more or less, feel the same way and if you don't, well hats off. What's funny is I don't really think of myself as especially consumerist but the proof is in the pudding, and by pudding I mean my bank account. This fall my husband and I started itemizing all expenses, line by line, and it has really been a wake up call. The nice dinners and special items we debate before purchasing end up as a small portion but the same can't be said for quickly grabbed items bought on the fly. A facial oil here and there, new basics for the season, workout essentials I must have because how else will I possibly stay in shape 😉. Items that almost feel virtuous as you are buying them but then much less so when it's all added up.

All this led to a bit of soul searching and strategizing and here is what I decided...no shopping for the fall (loosely Sept-Nov). I don't have a hard end date but Thanksgiving/Christmas feels about right. The point isn't to make myself miserable but just put a reset on my spending and accumulating habits. Kind of the same idea as doing Whole30 come January - a nice way to recalibrate. Anyone else out there feel the need for a similar reset? If so here are the things that have helped...

1. Before starting treat yourself...definitely not a free for all but a nice way to make this savings experiment feel less like drudgery. Right around the kick off for my shopping freeze huge end of summer sales were happening and I found the dreamiest Ulla Johnson dress (happily a year round item in Austin weather 😍) WAY on sale at By George. Done and Done. Every time I wear it I'm delighted.

Sidebar - Going into this I knew I had all my fall basics covered (jeans, booties, jackets) otherwise this initial treat purchase would have fallen into that category...

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2. Stop following brands (temporarily). I had gotten in the habit of following lots of beautiful and inspiring brands, which is great, but their feeds made me feel like I needed more and more constantly. I totally get it - they're trying to gain exposure and an audience but it's my decision whether or not I voluntarily buy into that merry-go-round.

3. Write down your wants! On the very back page of my daily notebook I have kept a running list of the "I have to have it!" purchases that pop into my mind. It's been hilarious to see the list over a few months- some fade quickly and others really stick (um hello closed toe clogs...I'm coming for you!).

4. Avoid shopping only situations. Whatever you do don't put yourself in a situation where everyone else is browsing and buying and you become the sad sack in the corner. Not only is that a huge bummer for you but also your friends...leave them be to happily buy in peace.

Of course this is a great time to also make sure you love what you actually do have - if you're on a shopping freeze and you're STILL not wearing something in your closet that's not a great sign. Take this time to rediscover cute pieces, freshen up the items that you are wearing (new shoe soles! mend sweaters! a fresh jean cuff!) and sell or donate the things that you just can't bring yourself to put on your body.

Hope this helps! I would love to know if you're in a similar frame of mind...