WHAT, IF ANYTHING, DID I SPEND MONEY ON THIS WEEK?
For the first time since starting the year of buying nothing, I actually bought something. For the past 2 months, I have been spending money almost exclusively on experiences and consumable items. While an exception to the buying ban is consumables, I have not had any need to purchase any toiletries yet.
I have dry skin, so lotion goes pretty quickly. I especially have to moisturize my feet regularly to keep them from flaking and cracking. I buy Gene’s Vitamin E cream in bulk–the 16 oz container lasts a long time and is much less expensive than anything labeled “foot cream”. While we had a membership, I got it from Sam’s Club. I found it on Amazon instead and ordered it. (**Another totally voluntary, unsponsored endorsement. Review written by someone else.)
I also ordered some spray sunscreen–It is summertime, the pool is about 50 feet from our condo’s backdoor and I am susceptible to sunburns. I have some lotion sunscreen, but I usually keep some spray especially for those hard-to-reach places on my back when I go sit by the pool with nobody to rub it in for me.
This week, I went out to lunch with a friend and browsed the shops. It was tough, but I resisted. It will take more than a quick trip to the mall for me to break the year of buying nothing. I felt bad that my friend, aware of this blog, my new minimalist lifestyle and the year of buying nothing, seemed to be self-conscious about her purchases, like she had just taken a shot of whiskey in front of a sober person. It felt like she thought I was judging her for purchasing things, but I wasn’t. Honest. The cute Lucky Brand dress she bought looked banging on her and at the price she paid–Who could resist? I hope it brings her lots of value.
Confession time, dear readers: My boss asked me to wear a blue shirt for company photographs this week, so I did have to purchase one, as I did not have one that was appropriate for the occasion. It’s a versatile design, capable of being dressed up with slacks, a pencil skirt, or suit and also looks good dressed down with jeans.
The best part is that it did not cost me any money out of my pocket–I am a member of a website where you can answer surveys for points and redeem those points for prizes. I redeemed my points for a $25 Macy’s gift card. On top of that, I have been hoarding Plenti points, which covered the difference. Despite the circumstances, this is a beautiful and multipurpose piece I’ll wear for years to come and a worthwhile investment. I was also very mindful in choosing something that could be worn in many situations. It was also already on sale, plus an additional 20% off.
WHAT ELSE WOULD I HAVE BOUGHT?
2. Koch Leather pouches. Apparently, Josh Koch wants to take all my money this week, coming out with all these beautiful new leather things.
3. Cynthia Rowley shirt dress. I went shopping with my friend and saw this shirt dress. Normally, I would have bought it without a second thought.
4. Romper (unphotographed). My friend talked me into trying on a few rompers. There were two in particular I really liked, and strongly considered choosing one of them to buy. I reminded myself that, although it is summer and a new romper seems like a logical purchase, I already have multiple sundresses at home I can wear when in need of something soft and breezy to wear. I am also realizing that clothes that are inappropriate for work have limited utility as they can’t be worn a majority of the days of the week. I already have more than enough clothes to fit that limited need.
Total amount I saved that I would have spent this week: $155
Running Total: $955