I got an early Christmas present yesterday. I had mixed feelings about it, but I am now at peace.
Without going into too much detail (because this blog is about spending money, not about my efforts to have a more active lifestyle), I have picked up jogging and quickly realized that my 6-year-old tennis shoes just aren’t cutting it. I debated for a long time whether or not I could go a full year exercising with these shoes. I read articles and sought out advice from other runners regarding the necessity of a good pair of running shoes. But, what finally convinced me was the awful pain I experienced after running 3 miles in my 6-year-old shoes. That told me then and there that I was wearing the wrong shoes.
So, I decided to ask for running shoes for Christmas (since my mom already bought me socks, which is what I was going to ask for…). I stopped in several shoe stores yesterday while out with my cousins and got a lot of advice… and then found a great deal on a pair of Brooks running shoes that fit my foot and my needs perfectly. A few hours later, they were mine. My mom decided to go ahead and get them to prevent injury. I was conflicted about whether or not this constituted “compelling” someone to buy an item for me, but she agreed that this was indeed a gift and that I need not feel guilty about it. So, I don’t and once my muscles stop aching so much, I’ll be back on the track with my new shoes.
I think I’ve been on this clothing/spending fast for about a month now and I must say, I’m doing pretty well. I went into two or three clothing stores yesterday and found myself not wanting anything. I knew I could walk into a clothing store and not buy anything, but I was surprised that I didn’t even want anything. It was a really encouraging feeling! I have also done pretty well with my other goals. I have not wasted money on food (except for one night out at Iguana Grill which cost me $20) and am halfway through my first library check-out. I have cut my weekly entertainment/food spending nearly in half and have been saving towards Christmas and my supplemental income (which… speaking of that, I haven’t even broken the $100 my mom gave me. I never actually went to the cleaner’s…. I’m too stubborn!).
I’m prepared for this to become more difficult, but now that I have my running shoes, I think it will be a while before I “need” anything. I didn’t anticipate to start this exercise program before I swore of buying clothes, so I feel like the only things I might “need” in the next year will be related to my new hobby. But, I think that’s okay – because I’m accumulating things out of need (hey, if getting healthy isn’t a need, then I don’t know what is!) instead of out of want and I’m truly evaluating every penny spent.
So, to sum this up: so far, so good!