Since undertaking to stop spending and start living, my life has changed quite a lot. I have tried lots of different things from blogging, tweeting and photography, to volunteering and meeting new people. My weekends are now packed with picnics and bike rides, and I don't miss shopping one little bit....honest!
What I have noticed about my old Magpie self is that although I still want new things, the desire is fleeting; well for clothes at any rate.
While volunteering in the charity shop I find that one piece of clothing calls out to me to try it on and buy it. Each time I run a shift it bugs me to take it home. But, as soon as it is sold to a customer, it doesn't bother me anymore. I am just glad that the charity has raised some funds. The weird thing is that the next shift will find a new piece of clothing which says, 'buy me, buy me, buy me' at me all morning.
I love raising money for charity and feel great when I have run lots of sales through the till. And if you are going to spend money on clothes, charity shopping is a much better bet than supporting unsustainable knock-down price, high street stores and I will definitely be buying clothes there when I do need to make replacements in the future. But, for me, volunteering at the shop has been a great experience to know that I do have will-power after all!
I have almost cracked a couple of times in recent months and have been hovering (as opposed to hoovering!) over my computer, almost ready to click on the 'add to basket' button. But I have restrained! How unusual and how amazing!
But with all the money I am saving on coffees, clothes and eating out, I am sure it won't be too long before the bank balance says 'oh, go on, you can get your Roomba now'. Oh how I look forward to that day!