The jeans I bought almost a year ago have holes in the them.
This shouldn’t surprise me.
They are my only jeans and I wear them 3-5 days a week. They’re a lighter weight material so have probably worn out a bit sooner than a heavier weight jean might. I can now hold them up to a light and see right through the crotch. A bit concerning because I’m fairly modest and don’t want to show off my underwear.
I’m mulling over getting them patched up a bit at a place that repaired two of my sweaters. It will extend the wear a bit and hopefully not be too noticeable.
I’m also thinking about buying a new pair of jeans.
So I put it on my list.
And now I wait.
Delayed gratification was never my strong suit as a shopper. Similarly, saving was never my strong suit as captain of my own finances.
But I’m learning.
If you’re looking for techniques to curb buying things you don’t really need, if you’re looking for a way to avoid those quick supposed to be one thing IKEA trips that turn into ‘we need the handcart and will this fit on the roof of our car’, if you’re looking to be thoughtful, patient and less impulsive with your buying, I recommend starting a Buy List.
Thirty days is an arbitrary number but it’s good to give yourself a limit to work with. If you’re an impulsive spender you may need to start with a shorter limit, like a week, and increase it as you curb the urge. Most of the things we end up buying were discussed once or twice, added to a list and purchased a few months later. We also make purchases work within our monthly reverse budget. This means that if we put six things on a list we have to patiently tick them off over a few months. Chris bought new jeans and work shoes one month. The next month I bought a rain slicker. Those items had been on our list for a few months before they were purchased.
Pinterest has become my new go to for making lists or boards as they call them. My vision board lists some short and long term goals and plans and my 30 Day Buy board shows the things I am thinking about purchasing. I’m finding it exceedingly helpful to gather my thoughts in a visual way. I’ve also added boards for minimalist styled rooms and fashion. I’m going to spend more time populating those boards during this long, dark and cozy Isle of Man winter.
Much like Twitter, Pinterest is a way to share information and have a conversation. You can get great ideas and links from others on Pinterest and share your pins with them.
You can also, like me, get completely obsessed with something from seeing it on Pinterest. The other week someone pinned a Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe. I could not stop thinking about having a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Brits aren’t into the canned pumpkin so I couldn’t find any in stores and real pumpkins weren’t out yet. I ended up ordering canned pumpkin online and, while it cost double what it would in North America for the cans, the lattes I’ve made with it have been really, really good. I think they may have even taken the edge off my first bout of homesickness.
How do you decide when and what to purchase outside of your consumables? Do you keep a list or purchase as soon as items are needed?