I don't even think about it.
I have money in my account, so I buy what I want...without really giving it a second thought.
And yet. I can't help but be drawn to this idea of creating a condition where I have to exercise restraint as a discipline. To try a different path than the consumerism that is so woven into my culture that I barely even perceive it unless I see it through the lens of someone who does without.
So, what might a spending fast look like for me?
The Rules of Engagement
- I would make no new purchases of things for myself, opting instead to repair the old, do without, or hit the thrift store to recycle something existing.
- If needed to replace, socks, shoes, underwear, t-shirts, appliances, cosmetics or if I needed to read a certain book, I would purchase new, but would add a 5-day waiting period so that the decisions were thoughtful.
- I would not purchase new "things" as gifts opting instead for gift cards, experiences or handmade items depending on the person I was buying for.
- I could deliberately choose simple food when eating out with friends, making it less about the food and more about the relationship.
- I would drop my waste-producing splurge items like Fiji water, Starbucks and **gasp**Bubble Tea.
Even as I type this, I'm nervous. Can I really do this? We are about to find out.