I’ve been going through my Facebook feed, trying to snooze all of the shopping pages that I follow or that have somehow gotten me on their list. I bought quite a bit of LulaRoe last year, so it took some doing. I even posted my first Spending Freeze post on my timeline because I was added to three shopping groups in one day, and I wanted people to know why I was blocking them.
But Facebook in their marketing genius, still tries to sell me things from larger retailers that they think I’ll like. I see a lot of “Shop Now” ads for places like Wayfair and Ikea, which I nearly always scroll through because they catch my eye. I even click through on the Target and Modcloth ads nearly every time.
I have gone through the nightstand section of the Target site multiple times adding things to my “loved” list. Today I actually sent J links to two Modcloth skirts that I liked, because I’m guessing I’m going to need them in the office this summer.
I also have a pretty significant Amazon wish list going, with items like glass food prep containers and books on minimalism that I want to read.
When you take each item individually, none is a bad purchase. None of the things I have mentioned here are actually frivolous or unjustifiable, which is why these sorts of things added up to a problem in previous years. We’d get 3 or 4 reasonable items in one month, completely miss our budgetary goals, and I’d have more stuff to move around, dust, and generally deal with.
Here at Day 37, we’re still doing pretty well. We have already made an extra payment on our first debt (a series of emergency dental procedures from the end of last year). We are spending more time at home, rather than walking around shopping malls, which we used to do often. I am taking the time to not only evaluate our actual purchasing habits, but also the seemingly harmless proclivities that lead us to them.