The three words “add to cart” have become my motto over the years. Most specifically, last year when COVID-19 hit, I spent much of my free time adding things to my cart in the world of online shopping. However, for the past 6 weeks, I have given up my addiction of shopping for lent. Through giving up shopping, I learned a lot about myself, my shopping habits, and the benefits of not shopping *yes, there are MANY*.
Giving up those shopping bags has allowed me to learn why I liked shopping in the first place. While it is a stress relief for me, it is also a way that I enjoy to purchase the latest fashion trends in our ever-changing world of fashion. As a self-proclaimed Lilly Pulitzer lover, I also love being able to shopping the brand’s After Party Sales and their Dressed for Summer Sale along with new arrivals here and there. In recent months, I have become obsessed with Rae Dunn’s pottery, home decor, and apparel, too. To be able to shop gave me the power to feel great about stimulating the economy and meeting my heart’s fashion and even home decor desires.
In the past, I spent a lot of my free time on stores’ websites simply shopping. Many of my buys were impulse buys and simply not thought out purchases. When surprise sales would come from pretty much any brand, I needed to jump on in order to feel validated within the world of shopping. If I didn’t shop a sale, then I knew I was missing out and the fear of missing out felt much worse than actually missing out on the experiences of shopping. Since giving up shopping for 6 weeks, I have learned that I do not need to buy everything I see, whether or not it is on sale. Although sales are super fun and have been an ongoing treat during the coronavirus pandemic, they are not meant to be shopped 24/7.
I have realized that I need to make more meaningful and thoughtful purchases rather than purchasing just to purchase. When I was in high school, many times I would buy a product just because it was a certain fashion name brand or because it was trendy or an exciting new product launch. When I buy products just to buy, then 9 times out of 10, it is usually collecting dust in my closet. So, I have been thinking out things that I would like to purchase rather than purchasing something just to purchase.
Through not shopping these past 6 weeks, I have learned some of the many benefits of going on a no shopping spree. One of these perks is that you save a lot of money. Even when making more meaningful purchases, you will save A TON of money. My wallet has definitely thanked me these past 6 weeks! At the same time, I have also felt a lot better mentally. I have realized that shopping and shopping FOMO – check out my recent blog post on the importance of acknowledging shopping FOMO here – lead to a lot of unneeded feelings of anxiety and depression. Most importantly, I have learned that I am NOT ALONE and none of us are. These past 6 weeks, I have given up shopping with some fellow influencers and it has been super great having an amazing support system like these incredible women. It takes a tribe to thrive in this world – we each just got to find ours. These women also helped me and themselves learn the several beneficial ways that not shopping has on us all.
So, you may be wondering, am I still on a no shopping spree?! Well, the answer is no. However, I am striving to make more meaningful and thought out purchases moving forward. Purchases that are of quality and not of the quantity. Most importantly, I didn’t just survive, I thrived.
XOXO – Katie <3