I am entering week 10 of my spending ban. Ever since that 7 week itch (which I scratched via a $15 thrift store hunt), I have been doing so well. Nothing has popped up on my radar that I haven't been able to resist, and I've been having a lot of fun re-discovering items in my own closet. (Now, if I could just lose those 10 pounds and fit into them... I would be ecstatic!)
The strange thing is that while there's nothing in particular that I want, I have been fighting the urge the last 2 days to head to the stores and browse. In a way, I think I just miss the fun of looking and the thrill of a new purchase. I wish I could give in but it would be pretty frivolous considering that I don't need anything and there are about a hundred better ways (yes I would like new hardwood floors!) for me to spend my money at the moment. Sometimes being responsible is such a pain!
I think part of the itch is that I am still lacking a creative outlet and that little bit of "me time". Back in Brooklyn, my friend and I took a pottery class every Saturday. So that gave me a break from Maya, some adult conversation and a creative outlet all in one go. I would love to take up pottery again, but Mo has been so busy with work since we've moved. He works 7 days a week, probably 70 hours+ a week. And the time he doesn't spend working, we spend a lot with extended family. So in the end, there just doesn't seem to be much time for either of us to have some much "me time".
Trying to decrease the amount of "me time" necessary and save some money, I borrowed my mother-in-law's sewing machine a couple weeks ago so I could teach myself to sew. I imagined myself altering my mall store clothes to fit like custom made, and create some beautiful new garments. Sadly, it's just been sitting in the corner of our living room gathering dust. Right now, I would kill for a chance to get to the fabric store to pick up black thread and a stitch ripper... much less having a chance to actually make something new.
Getting back to the original subject... I'm actually quite proud that I've lasted so long on this ban. Once I got out of the habit of buying, it hasn't been too hard resisting. I am even toying with the idea (despite this damn itch!) to extend my ban longer. At least into mid-March or even into April. What I really want to do is get to the point where Mo will actually encourage me to go out shopping and spend some money because... I deserve it. :) I suppose that I want Mo to be proud of me... even if it is a silly thing to be proud of. I think it would take a year long shopping ban to get to that point however. In Mo's eyes, I have enough clothes to go on a two year ban without feeling it...