Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Fix for Shopaholics

Sometimes during my lunch hour or late at night while the Chef is watching Food Network shows, I pretend to shop. I go to my favorite stores online and fill up the e-cart with goodies. I carefully choose each item, deliberate on color, on size, on the way I'll use it around the house. And then when the e-cart is bulging with items. I power down the computer without buying a thing.

One of the professors in my department calls it shopping therapy. I call it Faux Shopping. You get the pleasure of shopping, of looking at beautiful things, without the agony of budgets and the reality of our dwindeling economy. And then, you empty the cart and don't buy a thing. It's a fix, a temporary relief in times of economic depression.

These are a few of the items I looked at, and when I'm a New York Times bestselling novelist, may buy for our little nest: Lomonosov Russian Porceline. I love it!

I am often so tempted by materialism. Now that we own a house, I am amazed at how much more stuff I can want! When I struggle with wanting more material possessions, I often have to go back to this scripture: Matthew 6:19-20

19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

And then I cybershop, and tell myself that I have more than I deserve. I am incredibly blessed already in this life. I do not need anything more. But I will Faux Shop.

I faux shop, and my question to you, is have you ever participated in this Shopaholic Fix?


Michele~Lovin Life After 40 said...

I found your blog at Mabel's House and LOVE you already! This post totally cracked me up - because I can SO see myself doing the same thing. Great fun!

belladella said...

I do this all the time. I shop and fill a cart online then talk myself out of it and just click out of there as fast as I can. It is a form of retail therapy I think.

Deborah P said...

I have just done something similar with an online scrapbook store. They have a sale going on right now and the day before the sale began, I filled up my wishlist. If I can keep from converting it to my cart by the end of the day on Friday, the sale is over and my temptation is gone.

Also, with catalogs - I go through and dogear the pages of the things that I want. When I pick up the catalog 2 months later, it doesn't seem as important and I throw the catalog away.

But in person, in stores??? I just have to stay away from the ones that I cannot resist! :)


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