Thursday, March 26, 2015, AM | Leave Comment
“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering,” said Alan Alexander Milne, the English author best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various children poems.
Apply that to shopping and people spending spree. There are folks who can’t sit by doing nothing but to shop.
Focus on distraction from shopping by doing nothing.
There is no shame or embarrassment by skipping a couple of weeks, may be a month, from shopping except grocery. And you ought to be discreet and selective about buying grocery. Throw away the coupons for the items you actually don’t need to buy.
You don’t have to shop for clothes and shoes this month. Just skip it. You have enough of those at home. As a matter of fact, if you look in your closet, you might find clothes that you bought months ago but you have still not worn them yet.
Feel free to get distracted from shopping for at least a month. I did a post about How To Focus On Your Finances. Distraction is the very opposite of focus.
But you gotta have distraction once in a while from shopping and spending money on something you really don’t need. That’s one way to save money.
If you are in debt, your primary responsibility and obligation to yourself and family is to not spend unnecessarily. Instead you must start minimizing the burden of debt on your financial life.
Distraction from shopping is important for the following reasons:
Our minds need a break
Being focused on shopping for longer periods of time can be extremely detrimental to your financial health. Folks need to alternate focus with periods of relaxation.
Minds off a troubling problem
Distraction can take our minds off a troubling problem of shopping.
Lead to inspiration
Distraction can lead to inspiration. When you see yourself saving and the money in your savings account keep adding up, that can be an inspiration to more saving.
Distraction may be fun
We often find things we truly need. So you live your life first on your needs and then on wishes if need be.
Distraction can lead to better focus
It can lead to better focus when we focus on shopping for something that we really need.
In a Nutshell
While it might seem appealing to have distractions and let go of the addiction to shopping, it’s not always easy. It’s definitely easier said than done. But you need to have determination and resolve to have distraction from shopping and focus instead on saving.