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My January goals didn’t pan out the way I intended, so in February I’m choosing just a few goals that will be easier to follow and hopefully make me feel more accomplished. One thing I’ve always struggled with is spending. I am a certifiable shopaholic, 100%. Shopping literally makes me happy. I get the same rush from shopping that I do from a triple-espresso latte. I seriously wish I was joking. Something about buying things just makes me…happy. And I know that’s not healthy and it’s not okay. 

This month I’m going to try to tackle my addiction to shopping and see if I can overcome my need to spend. And boy is it going to be hard. The goal is to go the whole month without buying any new clothes, shoes, accessories, or house decor. I’m only allowing myself to spend money on food, gas, and family events. I will only eat out once a week: the rest of the time will be meal prep. 

February is the shortest month of the year, so if you have goals you want to tackle or a challenge you want to try this is probably the best month to do it. Four exact weeks, 28 days. Somehow that seems more manageable than 30 or 31, am I right? 

If shopping is something you struggle with, I dare you to join me in this little challenge of self-restraint. No new makeup, no new clothes, no new shoes, no new purses, phone cases, necklaces, no new ANYTHING that isn’t food, gasoline for your car (if necessary) or expenses for family outings (ie. the occasional breakfast, tickets to a show, etc). 

I’m really hoping this challenge gives me a sense of contentment. I have enough “stuff”. I don’t need more. I want to feel content with my life and myself without needing to buy more and more things. 

I will also take the time that I’m not spending shopping to focus on more important things, like reading. Walking the dog. Working out. Or studying! I’ve officially signed up to take the BEC portion of the CPA exam on March 2nd, so I have plenty of studying to do. I’m hoping to de-clutter and donate some clothes from my closet. Deep clean the house. There are so many things I can do in the time that I’m saving by NOT traipsing through the aisles of stores debating my next great purchase. 

I dare you to join me in this challenge, ESPECIALLY if you think you have a shopping addiction. If going the whole month seems impossible, give yourself smaller goals. Make it one week. Make it two. Make it halfway through the month and buy yourself one little thing (don’t spend more than $10-$20!). Resist shopping by making a physical list of all the things you want to buy. At the end of the month re-visit that list, and see if anything calls out to you still. You might find that by the time we reach day 28, you no longer wanted that t-shirt or those shoes. But maybe something does stand out. Make that one thing your goal. And at the end of the month, if you made it through the whole month (or at least your midway check point!) reward yourself with the most desirable item on that list. Be reasonable, and try to keep the amount low. I’m going to give myself a $50 reward limit. At the end of the month, $50 is nothing in comparison to the damage I could have done (believe me, I’m horrible). 

Let me know if you join, or if you’re going through a similar self-made challenge for February! I’m excited to see where I go with this. Maybe I can break myself of my shopping addiction? That would be a sight to see.

Cheers, and good luck!

xo, Karli