One thing I've learned through past challenges (and life, generally) is the importance of setting boundaries. Without boundaries, I can easily find myself looking for loopholes - little escape doors through which I can shirk my original intention while still being able to rationalize/justify my actions. If I want to avoid the search for loopholes and the temptation to fall into them, I need to set some rules!
So here they are - the rules that will guide my purchasing choices in 2020.
What's NOT Allowed...
What's *Conditionally* Allowed (and why)...
This year, there will be a pretty major change in my domestic life as my roommate of 6 years moves out (and on to a new, exciting chapter). When that happens, she'll be taking some of her things with her and I'll be moving to the other room in my apartment. In anticipation of this change, I am going to allow myself to buy a few domestic items.
When in Doubt, Use the Chart!
For this year, I will define need as something I require for my day-to-day life. Something that could be useful, or could be helpful, or seems good to have is not a need. If I'm not sure about whether something is necessary enough to purchase, I will resort to the following decision flowchart.
As much as possible, if I MUST buy something, I will have to do my homework to see if I can get the item secondhand or sustainably/ethically sourced.
And There They Are...
The rules for my 2020 challenge. Stay tuned for what happens when I actually try to live by these rules! It's one thing to write them out and think about them in the abstract - it will be something else to actually put them into practice!
Got a Question? Or an Idea for a Rule?
Let me know! I'd love to hear your thoughts and ponder through things with you! Your questions/ideas only help me clarify things I haven't yet considered, so please share them.
Okay, here goes nothin!
1/2/2020 04:38:44 am
I think this sounds like a great plan for a new year, much of which is a sound blueprint for so many of us who spend too much, have too much, and--for me at least--simply aren't accumulating savings and/or retirement funds as a result. The only thing that would absolutely not work for me is books being on the excluded list. I think getting from the library when possible makes sense, but I spend a lot of time reading and most of that is stored on my kindle (not adding more "stuff" because my bookshelves are full). I have and love kindle unlimited and could definitely work harder to find books there versus also buying when what I want isn't included.
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