We've made it through 3 months of the no-buy 2014 Remix Challenge, started on Instagram by my buddy, @jen_murph! This month brought a change for me, as it was my birthday month! So that meant I received gifts, money and gift cards to shop! Fun, fun!
Above is a photo of my gifts. I got the Jcrew khaki blazer at Goodwill for $9, the boots at Target with a giftcard for $10.49, the sandals at F21 for $29, the Anthro top with a gift card (with money left on it), the essential oil book from a friend, the Dooney satchel with gifted money on eBay for $100 (retails $400), the Old Navy items were around $7 each, the H&M shirt $10, the Gap camo tee for $13, the JNL Fusion workout was a gift from my fitness mentor and friend, and my hubby got me the TEAL Chromebook!! Whoot, Whoot!! Score for the 44th birthday loot.
Part of the fun of having a birthday for me is getting to shop, so I take the gifts of money and have a spree. Part of the fun is seeing how far my money can go. I feel good about the deals I was able to score, while still getting items I had on my wishlist for a long time!
I still have a little money left, but I'm not sure I'll buy anything else. So, how did it make me feel to deviate from the absolutely NO BUYING mode? Truthfully, it made me feel anxious and stressed out! It started when I walked into Old Navy. Every single item I had loved from the spring line was now all $10 or less- so it sent me into a tailspin, buying several items b/c their total wasn't even $100! (Ended up returning several things.) Then I saw a pair of Rock Star camos I HAD TO HAVE........but my store didn't have them, so it sent me on a wild goose chase of calling multiple stores, having to track down my size, put them on hold and find the time in my schedule to make a trip to pick them up. Ugh - bad shopping feelings all surfacing- the ones I had been FREE of for 2 months since the start of the re-mix. I don't like those feelings......the ones of "it's so cheap I have to buy it", "I can't rest until I find this item", "if this store has these awesome sales, I better check out such-and-such too", "must get the item I saw on Instagram"!!!
My conclusion - I still have plenty, more then plenty and I feel more content and peaceful NOT knowing what's out there. It's been a huge blessing being off email lists, not getting email coupons, not following IG shops. I have so much more free time to do things that are needful when I don't shop - in store or online.
My word for 2014 continues to be "LESS". God help me to want LESS of this world, LESS stuff, LESS of me and MORE of YOU!
How are you ladies doing on the challenge? My birthday is over, and I'm back on the no-buy until further notice! Let's do this and make 2014 a year of CHANGE!