Earlier I wrote here about my Acquisition Suspension, a decision to buy no non-consumable items this year. One month in and I am loving it! I honestly feel like I have just quit a part-time job or finished a big volunteer project. A load has been lifted that I did not even realize I was carrying.
The dominant feeling I have of is of freedom.
The first glimmer of freedom appeared as I did a few Christmas returns. I had four places to go and expected that it would take half the day. I was actually finished in 45 minutes. In the past I would be not only returning items, but also shopping for replacements items, checking out the after-Christmas sales, and taking a peek at new merchandise.
While there is a sense in which it would have been fun to shop, it would have taken a lot of time, required me to make multiple decisions, and exposed me to the stores’ clever merchandising encouraging me to buy even more. Instead, I was free to leave without entering into the fray. I just took the money and walked out. Continue reading