Yet, I don't see myself as materialistic. I buy because each of these items make me feel like our household will run smoother, or my kids creativity will bloom, or my husband will feel more loved and appreciated. That's my job. To take care of our household. That's where I have chosen to focus my energies. But somewhere along the way, I've equated a large part of doing this with buying things. And I don't think that's true. But it's going to be a hard habit to break.
On Saturday, we were having a quiet day at home.
"Let's get out of the house and go to Costco," I told my husband.
"Why? Do we need anything?"
"No, I thought we could just go look and see . . ."
Right then and there I realized I had a problem. My entertainment had become shopping. When did this happen? How did this happen? As a teenager and even newly married woman, I HATED shopping. But now . . .it is just so much fun to see my kids faces when I say yes, we can buy that. But that is not the message I want to send to my children. I do not want them to think they get new toys or treats, or art supplies on a frequent basis. I want them to learn to be happy with what they have.
This evening we are having a family meeting to discuss Financial Fast February. Here are the rules.
- We will not buy anything extra during the month of February.
- Groceries are okay but no eating out or buying treats.
- If something major happens (like the car breaks down) we will take care of it but we will do our best to stick to only true NEEDS.
- As a family we will discuss if there are any specific events in the month that would require an exception.
- At the end of the month, each kid will pick a charity to donate some of the money we saved.
I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I think it will be hard. but it will be good and a great way to remind ourselves what are needs and what are wants.
If any of this resonates with you, consider joining us. After all February is the shortest month.