I wish I could say I liked doing a shopping freeze (read more about the rules of the freeze here). I hate it. It’s hard for me. However, it reminds me of what every trainer has always told me - the exercises you hate the most are probably the ones you need the most. The same is true in life and especially with the shopping freeze. It’s painful but necessary.
Since I’m a nurse I have a very different schedule than most of society. I work twelve hour shifts three days a week and then have four days off. I love it most of the time. The problem comes in on my days off. The perfect thing to do on a random Tuesday afternoon, while everyone else is working, is browse the Urban Outfitters sale rack, get your nails done, get a spray tan, or meet your other nurse friends for lunch. These weekday excursions can add up very quickly. It’s easier in the summer because I can lay at the pool and read all day and this doesn’t cost me anything. However, the January shopping freeze gets me every time. I’ve needed the shopping freeze this year more than ever so I had to have a serious game plan.
To combat the shopping freeze blues, or winter blues period, I had a mental list of things I wanted to accomplish in my month of no spending. I’m a list person and being able to cross something off my list motivates me. I also have to stay busy so sitting around the house thinking about not shopping wasn’t going to work. Time to get serious!
This is what I'm doing on my weekdays off that involve spending little to no money.
Get outside and walk Sir. I love my neighborhood and if the weather permits I’ve been bundling up and trying to enjoy it more. Sir’s not complaining.
There’s rarely a day that goes by that I don’t have coffee or tea in the afternoon. I love this new to-go mug I got as a Christmas gift. I’ve been making tea and taking it with me when I run errands so I’m not tempted to make a Starbucks run.
I’m reading a book in addition to my book club book. Nicole got me this for Christmas and I haven’t been able to put it down. Yes, please!
When in doubt, sweat it out. I don’t have to leave my apartment building to get an amazing workout. Sometimes a run or bike or some push-ups is just enough to take my mind off things. Thank you endorphins!
I'm feeling very accomplished this month and to be honest I'm pretty darn proud of myself. I've been in a mall and on a weekend getaway and didn't buy a thing. I am still avoiding Target because the temptation is just too great. I've also gotten a few random projects done around the house that have been hanging over my head for awhile. This month is going so well LC and I have been talking about extending our shopping freeze into February. Maybe not a full freeze, but at least a chill.
We'll keep you posted!