Money

No-Buy: Did I break the rules in my first month?


We’re two days from the end of February, and now seemed like a good time to take a look back at my first no-buy month. I say “first” because I will almost certainly continue into March, with modifications. But that is for another post.

With this post, I wanted to look back at the last four weeks and confess to you, the anonymous Internet, three times where I stepped over the line and bought things this month. While I may have violated the letter of the rules a couple of times, I feel that each of these stayed within the spirit of my midlife makeover goals.

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The best rule I’ve adopted for my no-buy (so far)


Even now, only ten days into my no-buy as I write this, I am starting to see some of the positive changes that getting control of my bad money habits can bring. Nothing major, yet, but sometimes even a little change, tossed into the stagnant pond of bad habits, can have a ripple effect.

Take for example, what is probably my favorite rule of my no-buy so far: don’t buy treats disguised as groceries. I found this rule while I was reading through other people’s posted rules lists, and I am glad I did, because I probably never would have articulated it on my own. It was definitely one I needed, though.

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This is why we no-buy

Anxiety

The first weekend of my no-buy month is successfully behind me, and I have to tell you … I was a nervous wreck.

Okay, maybe not actually a wreck. But I couldn’t believe how much the first days of the no-buy had my anxiety keyed up. I woke up on Saturday morning, day one, and I couldn’t stop thinking about how I wasn’t going to be able to buy anything for a whole month.

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