I’m four days into my official commitment to forgo clothes/necessity shopping for six months. That’s quite a bit of time to have to think about what I’ve gotten myself into. It’s also plenty of time to think about what the “rules” – so to speak – are.
I bought a book yesterday. It was not a text book, nor one I need for work. It was a gift for my dad for Father’s Day. I did not plan on buying it, but knew right away it would mean a lot to my dad when he opened it. So there’s the dilemma. I didn’t even think about it at the time, but now that I recall the purchase in the context of my commitment, I am second guessing its validity. Is it really a necessity, as I stated in my first entry? It’s not for me, though, so does that make it ok?
I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about this. It would be just as meaningful to make my dad something rather than buy him a stack of paper glued together with a bit of ink on it. But it was not my initial intent to cut out gifts and extraneous purchases from my budget. It is worth some evaluation. I think I will send the book, but think twice before purchasing a gift for someone in the future. It will be tough, since I pride myself on my ability to pick gifts I think people will really dig, but I normally buy the gift. Maybe I will make an amendment to this whole thing – no extraneous purchases if I can make them myself.
Ugh, this is hard.