Shopping As Entertainment

Shopping As Entertainment

Like many of you, I grew up in an community where the mall was viewed as place of entertainment. A typical Saturday in my childhood would involve my parents gathering my siblings and I into the old Buick and heading off on a 30 minute drive to the nearest mall for the afternoon. These weekly family outings were meant to be entertaining - to walk amongst other members of our community, maybe run into a familiar face or two, see the newest bright shiny objects in stores, and be tempted by promotional offerings - these were a highlight in our week.

The idea that shopping was the cure for boredom is something that I still struggle with today, but once realized was something that I've slowly learned to re-program myself on. It's been a long journey but now when I get the urge to go shopping (either on Amazon or at the mall) I ask myself a few simple questions to find out if my desire to go shopping is something I'm doing because I actually need something, or is it simply because I am bored? 

I thought I would share with you the following 5 questions that I ask myself every time I find myself shopping online or at the mall: 

  • WHY AM I HERE (at the mall, in this store, shopping online)?
  • DO I NEED THIS (new pair of shoes, hand bag, eyeshadow, throw pillow)
  • HOW WILL I PAY FOR THIS? 
  • WHAT IF I WAIT? 
  • WHERE WILL I PUT THIS? 

Below you'll find a little card that you can print-out and take with you the next time you find yourself out shopping....

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You can ask yourself similar questions even prior to going shopping such as:

  • WHY DO I WANT TO GO SHOPPING?
  • IS THERE SOMETHING I NEED?
  • AM I BORED?
  • WHAT ELSE COULD I BE DOING INSTEAD?
  • HOW ELSE COULD I BE USING MY TIME? 

The journey to financial freedom is long & hard, but step by step I believe we can all get there. My wish is not only for each of you to grow wiser about your money & spending habits, but also to gain a deeper understanding of yourself.

Wishing you a prosperous journey. 

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