It was amazing to read all of your feedback on THIS POST! I asked Sarah to share the Top 10 Things She Learned from her year-long spending fast.
=== Sarah’s Thoughts ===
As of today, I have officially gone 365 days without buying anything new. Joe asked me to record the top 10 things I learned from this experience.
Today is March 21st 2012 and I have nothing new I need to buy today. I expect this day will come and go like every other day – I’m even going to the mall and won’t be buying anything but yogen fruz!
Here is how it changed me, and here is what I learned:
- Healthy spending is as much of a lifestyle for your heart as healthy eating is a lifestyle for your body. I’ve adapted to a new lifestyle.
- I still have more than enough. Although I wasn’t purchasing anything new for myself, it was embarrassing how much I already had in my possession. I could still shop at second hand stores. It became a treasure hunt when I needed something. When was the last time you did an inventory check?
- I value gifts so much more. When you aren’t buying for yourself, you really appreciate someone else’s thoughtfulness.
- I learned what was frivolous. When I received a gift card, I put thought into what to purchase and why. There was no thoughtless, frivolous spending.
- Time matters. It was amazing how many times I wanted something in the moment, and how less than 24 hours later I had forgotten about it completely.
- I found a new love for gift-giving! The only time I could shop was to buy gifts for people – so I found a new love for gift-giving! The best part is I never walked out having ended up spending money on myself…
- I focus more on the people I’m with than the products to buy. At the beginning of this challenge, the hardest part came in leisure shopping trips. Now I focus more on the people I’m with than the products to buy.
- I stopped spending so I could give, but giving has to be intentional. Although I wasn’t spending money on ‘new stuff’, it was easy for that money to end up in my savings or on eating out if I didn’t have a plan for it.
- I’m still greedy. It’s something that doesn’t get ‘cured,’ only surrendered. Living in North America, greed is like germs. You just get over a bad cold and go back into a school full of kids with runny noses.
- Generosity can be just as contagious.
=== End of Sarah’s Top 10 Learnings ===
Two Questions for the readers:
- Which learning impacted you the most as you read it?
- Could you take this challenge and see how it changes your spending habits?