Following the shop fest and retail extravaganza that happens from Thanksgiving straight through to New Years (because everyone shops for themselves right after Christmas, amIright?), I like to take a break from spending. It's partly a savings recovery, partly a chance to work all the new Christmas stuff into our house without adding to it, and partly just to take a break from the habit I have (and I think others probably have, too) of just buying stuff because it's there and we want to have it. It's sort of like a diet for your wallet :)
So my general plan is this - I buy food & toiletries as needed. I buy things I NEED - if I have a specific article of clothing I need then it's ok (bras, undies, socks, or a sweater for a specific purpose) but no willy-nilly shopping. I buy for maintaining the house (if it breaks and needs replacing, then ok). I am also ok on buying supplies for crafts or DIY projects ('cause without those things, there's no blog).
It's hard. It's really hard. I love to shop, to find things, to jump on a deal. I basically have to stay out of Target, which is a weakness. I stick to the grocery store and wholesale club, mostly. But I miss it. I spend a lot of time clicking around the Target website to see what's featured or new, not because I'm going to shop (because I'm not going to), but because I am curious.