Well, today wrapped up my shop free week. I have to say...I enjoyed it. It brought a few things to light.
Taking multiple small shopping trips (vs. 1 big one) are a waste of time and stress me out.
I hate taking a lot of time out of one day to buy everything I will need for a full week. But, each little trip to pick up everything I didn't get on my "one" trip for the week (or things I don't need to get at all), actually take up a lot of time.
Although I haven't done any comparison, I bet it saves money, as well. A small trip to the store to buy shampoo, inevitably ends up as a trip home with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, a magazine, and a box of crackers.
It's not hard to eliminate the little trips.
It just takes a little planning. Before I started my shop free week, I made a list of everything we would need for the week. Luckily, I've been keeping a running list this month, since I'm trying not to buy anything that isn't on a list. I took this list and added to it as I felt necessary for the coming week. Then, I took my shopping trip to 3 different stores (sigh). But, after that, I didn't have to waste any more time shopping during the week.
Less shopping = Less stuff
This is pretty obvious. The less shopping you do, the less great things you will discover that you "need" to buy (inevitably cluttering up your home).
I think I need stuff. I don't.
There were several times I thought that I needed something. But, when I thought about buying it (and breaking my shop free week), I realized I didn't need it. Or...I realized I did, but not right then, so it just went on the list to buy next time.
I like doing this.
I think I'm going to do a shop free week each month. Somehow it takes a slight burden off of me. Weird.