I’m not going to deny it, I like to shop. Over the years, I have learned to embrace a more minimalist lifestyle, and as a result, I am now a much more mindful (and less frequent) shopper. However, I do have one big weakness when it comes to spending. It’s my Achilles heel, if you will.
In my late teens and early twenties, it was clothing, shoes, and cheap jewelry. Today, it’s toys and toddler clothes. Yes, spending on stuff for my daughter is my biggest weakness. All the parents in the house, throw your hands in the air! I know you feel me. She’s just so easy to buy for, and so easy to please. Plus, let’s be real- kiddie clothes are super cute. I find myself feeling about 5 years old when I enter the Disney Store- mermaids and sparkles and mickey, oh my!
My husband, though probably not totally willing to admit it, is just as guilty as I am. We see something that we know she would like, and we’re both drawn to it to like moths to a flame. It’s only natural to want to make the little lady happy. However, we’ve gotten really good at resisting the urge to buy her all the things!
All I have to do now is think of the toy bins overflowing with little plastic junkies that have taken over our lives. 99% of the time, that’s enough to stop me from buying. I have bought so many children’s books from the Goodwill, we could start our own mini-library.
Now that my daughter is getting bigger, she’s interested in arts and crafts, so that’s where I’ll spend a few dollars here and there. I don’t feel guilty buying a $1 craft kit or a sticker book.
Identifying your spending weaknesses is the first step to getting stronger. Once you know what they are, then you can start to analyze how important they are to you. If your weakness is something like Essie nail polish, decide if it’s really worth it to you. Do you really need it? Do you really want it? Does it make your life better?
For me, I weigh most of my purchases like this, because I want to stick to our budget and our goals. I try to focus on the big picture. Every once in a while, it’s okay to give in to my weakness. I indulge my kid (and myself) with a little plastic princess that will join the masses in the toy bin, or a book that will probably disappear onto a shelf for the next 6 months. But hey, that’s okay. We all get a little weak, sometimes.
So tell me-what are your spending weaknesses?