|Behold! The Encroachment of Knowledge!|
Somewhat obviously, participating in this exercise helped me evaluate my buying habits. In prior months, I would buy a t-shirt within minutes of seeing it online. The t-shirt sites that I check daily update a couple hours before midnight here on the west coast, and so what my challenge has forced me to do is to essentially sleep on my choices.
If I love a design when I see it just before bed time, I force myself to re-evaluate my purchase the next morning. Perhaps not so oddly, much of the compulsion to buy the shirt goes away after a good night's sleep.
Due to how happy I am at how this challenge has played out, I'm going to add to it two challenges that are February specific:
- Sell or otherwise get rid of 25 items from my condo.*
- Limit myself to the purchase of up to two books and five ebooks (unless I can sell my beautiful bride on why I need another book). This excludes free ebook downloads.
You see, my wife and I live in a fairly small condo, and probably the greatest space suck that our condo has is my collection of books. To an extent, I *need* these books due to my professional scholarly goals (many of them are plays or books on theory).
Unfortunately, while having a semi-extensive personal research library is arguably a worthy goal when one has a house, when one has a sub-900 square foot condo, there are other amenities such as places to sit and eat that take priority.
|Pictured: my bedroom. (Yes, including the random arm).|
With this in mind, I'm shooting to curb my (book) enthusiasm this month. I need to get back in the habits of getting books from the library or borrowing books from friends.
So, this month, I'm planning on slowing down the rate at which I purchase books, and I'm getting stuff out of my condo (yes, probably some books). I'm making a two-pronged attack on my clutter.
It may be worth elucidating upon why I have the caveat that I might be able to purchase more books if I can convince my wife that I need to do so. Let me first state that I am not trying to make her into a killjoy or some sort of boogey(wo)man in charge of regulating purchases.
Put simply, my wife understands more readily than I do that a finite condo such as the one we own cannot accommodate an infinite number of books. In general, if she were asked the question of whether I needed another book, she would almost certainly respond in the negative. Having said that, if I've gone past my two book limit, and I find a great deal on something that I've been meaning to pick up, I'd like to have an out (and I think that she would both see and appreciate the special circumstance).
Also, you know, I love my wife, and I do my best not to do things that make her comment about how I'll soon by sleeping on the patio. :-)
How are you saving money in February?