While I know most stores at this point are hitting the 90% off sales - I on the other hand am not even remotely interested this year.
In the past yes I had been interested in finding things like LED lights or anything "green" when it comes to holiday decor.
But then I realized that amassing anything that I don't really need is more stupid for me! Trying to gussy it up by saying I'm looking for greener items sort of goes against what I truly believe deep down inside.
So I did a lot of thinking after the holidays were over.
And I came to a few conclusions for myself for 2011:
- I need to stop excusing my shopping by saying I'm buying used/green/2nd hand/etc. Its still shopping and I'm still consuming.
- How much money would I save avoiding doing what I was doing in #1? That's yet to be seen.
- Get back to my roots about green living. Living simply hasn't been an issue for us, but I've gotten pretty lazy. Time to go back to my roots and start - hanging my clothes to dry, using less electricity/water/etc and just being more mindful OF my shopping habits.
When I wrap all these things up they center around one thing and that is that I still want to consume at times.
I try to make myself feel better by looking at those around me consuming to consume things like Nice Jeans/cars/houses/etc etc, but really am I any different?
Sure I spend a lot of my money on things like sponsoring a child or helping fund clean drinking water for other countries, but it still gives me pause when I look at some of the consuming I do do. And its do do a lot of the time.
So I'm going to be more mindful and just wait when I think I need to buy. Do I need this?? <----going to be my mantra for awhile. Which is why as of today we are on a NO spending fast for 2 weeks. (minus tithe - God still gets his goods from us no matter what!) its going to suck and so far its been a little hard, but its going to be good. Time to break ourselves a little bit and try to get back to the basics.