(my definition of 'meaningless/unnecessary shopping is:
i)not a necessity (e.g. a new pair of jeans if, God forbid, one day, all of my [pretty much the same-looking] jeans magically disappear from my closet; food, etc. * ha ha! I like the order of these two items... though I know there are those out there who would starve for a month to get their hands on a LV handbag)
ii)will not contribute in my education, academic/spiritual growth (purchases from
Chapter and Amazon for books are thus exempt from this list)
iii)will not benefit someone else (presents, gifts are also exempt! whoo for you, my important friends and loved ones)
... is that it? there's bound to be more but I am just too tired right now)
And this self-imposed rule is in effect until.... well, as long as I can hold it.
What say you? (tribute to Aragorn in LOR - The Return of the King)
I hope I can do this!
so far, so good!
And honestly, if we break down our shopping purchases into fundamental/trivial categories... what do we really need? most of our money go to no-good big-brand [bad-ass] companies who profit off forced/underpaid labour.
The last purchase I made was a birthday present, so that falls under definition iii)
I will go to sleep soundly... while reflecting on my massive, horrendous post-Christmas visa bill. Christmas shopping, you are cruel indeed, and most definitely unnecessary. Expect to be shunned in 2010)