I'm starting a shopping ban. It'll be July for now and might turn into three months or longer. What is a shopping ban? "It's a period of time where you choose not to buy any of the non-essentials in life." (Cait Flanders)
What's (non)essential changes for people at various points, and that's just dandy. When I think of essential, I'm not going with the truest understanding of that word (food, shelter, clothing, relationships according to Leo Baubata) even though they're in the logic of it somewhat. I'm including things that seem reasonable for the lifestyle I want within the context of my family. I do want to be able to buy other people gifts for birthdays and Christmas even though handmade gifts are awesome (and often my preference). I do want to have outings with my family that involve restaurants or entertainment sometimes. We still love the simple things like a hike or a playground, but sometimes we opt to spend money. I'll buy the girls things like comfy shoes and clothes that fit for seasons, but I will purchase them more intentionally/consciously.