My friend Sarah talked me into a full year of "only shopping the essentials". So I'm good on food and toilet paper. Stuff that's not necessariy (as we already own it in a dozen different variations) are a big NO. On the upside (otherwise this would have been too cruel) we are allowed to spend money on luxuries such as clothes or DVDs or books from money we make selling old stuff.
Long story short, at first I wasn't overly thrilled, but the idea really grew on me. In fact I am going to continue my frugal living in 2012. If I learned one thing this year then to recognize what I really need and what I merely want. Of course I allowed myself some shopping with the money from my sales, and it will shock you just how much I made ... so many things I once wanted and never used or got bored of, it's a shame, really. I looked back on the year and of the € 1.067,65 (told you, it's shocking how much stuff has accumulated mostly from unnecessary shopping sprees) I spent € 673,39. Now take a not so wild guess what the lion's part of those purchases might have been?
As is evident from my IMM posts I invested some of the money into books. Not as though my TBR stacks would be so terrible small *hahaha* but you know how it is. I bought myself an eReader and plenty of books. Roughly € 270,00 have been spent on bookish things, including the € 100,00 eReader. Now you're impressed, right? Thought so.
You know what's funny? I bought more books for giveaways or RAK than for myself. Good thing that these are expenses that I'm allowed to make - it is more blessed to give than to receive, after all - and wouldn't you know it? I was equally blessed with receiving books through giveaways and RAK! Bottom line, those books stacks won't be shrinking anytime soon, no matter how frugal my life is, ha.
What happened to the rest of the money? Let's see. While I have been shopping my closet I did add a few pieces to my wardrobe, totaling about € 155,00. To think that I used to spend more than that in a month than I shelled out in a whole year, my oh my! I also noticed how I invested quite a bit into DVDs - about € 145,00 - and only bought one CD for € 15,00 which didn't turn out to be the best shopping decision of the year. At first I couldn't wait for the new Tori Amos album to go on sale, a month later it would have cost only € 10,00, and adding insult to injury, I don't like the CD anyway *sigh*. And then a fair amount of money was spent on knickknacks such as calendars for next year, a cute key fob, a USB-stick, etc. so as you can see, except for potatoes, hankies, and shampoo, I really put each and every of those little things onto my frugal-expenses sheet.
And of course I haven't spent all the dough I cashed in through my sales which means I've still got plenty to spend on more ... things. But these days I'm definitely choosing more wisely than I ever did before, and frankly, I enjoy my purchases a whole lot more too.
Are you a shopaholic at heart? Have you ever thought about seriously reducing the money you spend on things? Not just on books, but in general? Let me know!