Yesterday I got an email question, saying: “So, I started reading your blog a few months ago, and I don’t really ‘get’ the consumption diet thing.” This leads me to believe that I probably haven’t explained it fully enough.
Basically, I decided to give this “diet” a try because I got fed up with how much stuff I have, and how I keep finding ways to buy more. Every time I walked into Target, I would find many things that looked so good that they would end up in the cart, along with whatever I had actually gone into the store for. This also happened at many other shops. So after Christmas, I decided that I was burnt out. I had too much stuff, not enough space, and half of it was impulse buys that didn’t actually contribute much to my house or my happiness.
Right before Christmas, I had read an article in Good Magazine, about some friends in San Francisco who signed a compact not to buy anything for a year. Now, this seemed a bit extreme for me, but I was intrigued by one of the women’s comments about how she couldn’t even like shopping anymore. It made me wonder if I could give it up, and if I could, would I like it?
So now my experiment is over, and it felt really good to be able to stick with it. It also taught me that 90% of the time, when I think of something that I want, if I wait for a couple weeks then I won’t even want it anymore.
Almost everything in our culture is set up to buy more and more. The government, companies, and the Fed literally do everything possible to keep us buying as much as we can, going so far as to give us “free” money when the economy turns for the worse so that we won’t stop shopping. They convince consumers that in order to be happy, we need all this stuff. But, once you break the habit, you don’t even miss it.
A history of my Consumption Diet:
- How Did They Do It? Part 2
- My Consumption Diet Is Already on the Rocks
- Back on Track
- Resolution Roundup
- Consumption Diet Continued