Okay, so I am by no means boycotting holiday shopping this year. Nor am I suggesting re-gifting the hideous knitted sweater your now ex sister-in-law gifted to you 5 Christmases ago. But, if you’re like me, or how I’ve been in the past, you tend to pull the “one for so-and-so” and “three for me,” method of holiday shopping. That’s why this year, I am making a conscious effort to make the holidays or Christmas (which is what I celebrate) less about shopping and more about positive emotions:happiness, love, and high spirits. The fringe benefits? A deeper sense of fulfillment, no buyers remorse, less returns, and more cash saved.
And, just how do you avoid the temptation? Simply ask yourself these three questions, and I promise you will end up not having(/em) to buy whatever it is you have your sights on on:
1. Do I absolutely need to buy this for myself right now?
2. Is this different from everything I already own?
3. Is owning this a game-changer in any aspect of my life?
So if you’ve answered, “Yes!” to all of the above questions, then you must break down and indulge on such purchase(s). On the other hand, if you’ve answered, “No” to at least one of the questions, then you must think, refrain, and abstain. You will thank me when January rolls around.
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