I shared the concept of my year (almost) without shopping to some friends, and the overwhelming responses involved words like 'brave', 'bold', 'seriously!?!'
I shared the concept with my husband, and he jumped about three feet in the air with a fist pump.
Which led to a discussion of: how exactly is this going to work?
Me: "Well, I try to avoid buying new clothes for a whole year, and with the money we save, I can get this really great digital camera, or we can go on a vacation, or something like that."
Husband: "Just how much money do you spend on clothes?"
Let's not concern ourselves with petty details, just stay at the 40,000 foot level, okay? But I do agree that there have to be some guidelines.And there has to be some leeway for slip-ups, or else this New Year's Resolution will be done before the month is up.So here's what I've come up with:
The Fine Print
- In the event of emergency (big job interview, loss of luggage,
Half-Yearly Sale at Nordstroms)purchase of new clothing for the principal (who will heretofore be referred to as the Shopaholic) will be permitted. However, any expenses incurred during such "emergencies" will be subtracted from the total sum of estimated annual savings.
- The Shopaholic shall not use any gift cards belonging to her husband to buy clothing for herself.
- The "Year (Almost) Without Shopping" experiment pertains only to the purchase of new clothing, shoes and accessories for the Shopaholic, not food, clothes for the kids or other truly necessary items.
- However, this does not give the Shopaholic free license to start spending more in home decor, fine wine or other
- In the event of a 40th birthday, the Shopaholic will be permitted a purchase equal or less than the value of one month's amortized savings.
Part I of The No-Shopping Ground Rules is now a featured post on BlogHer!