How to Stop Buying Things You Don’t Need


I was standing in a goodwill the other day, weighing options for my daughter’s summer (what people in other parts of the country call spring) wardrobe. Shorts, skirts, dresses, tshirts, sandals. So many cute things to choose from for a girl who needs some things that fit her body that won’t give up on growing. I know, I have many more years of this. Sometimes I can’t believe how fast it goes, though.

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When I am shopping for her (and me!) at Goodwill, it can be so hard to limit myself. The prices are so right, the quality is almost always fantastic at my Goodwill so I don’t have to worry about buying a bunch of worn out junk that isn’t worth it. For $1.75 tshirts and $2 shorts, skirts and pants, I sometimes can find myself wanting to go overboard, especially when I find a slew of stuff someone just donated in one of my kid’s sizes (or mine).

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Each time I have a cart full, or armloads, of clothes for them in their current or upcoming sizes, I remind myself of the laundry monster that lives at home. Each article of clothing, inexpensive as it may be, is one more thing that will fill the hamper, the washer, the dryer, and a laundry basket to be folded and put away. Too many cute things makes for one *really* big pile of laundry.

Granted, most of the time that I am there and searching racks, I have also dropped off my fair share of outgrown clothing. Not all the time though. And those times I have to remind myself before I add it to the buy pile that every item of clothing is another piece of laundry.

Every item for my home is another item to store, organize, dust.

No matter how good the deal is, I have to remind myself that there is only so much we *need*.

One of the big questions I ask myself when I am in a store and before I buy is “Would I replace this if it was ruined/broken/lost”. If the answer is no, I don’t *need* it, I just kind of want it or really want it. And then I can overthink from there.

Are you a shopping overthinker? Please tell me I am not the only one that stands in an aisle and does this every single time.

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