Recreational shopping, I wish it was an oxymoron like – unbiased opinion or seriously funny- but unfortunately it’s not. As the title suggests, people do approach shopping as a form of recreation. Sadly, having disposable income isn’t always considered a necessity in the pursuit of such entertainment. Hence the abysmal levels of credit card debt in the Western world. Although I can’t claim to be innocent of taking part in the past, I can honestly say that I did not contribute to the credit card debt statistics. Never the less, it is something I am not proud of and I am glad I learnt to be a more responsible shopper.
Shopping is one of those temporary feel good activities, like over eating or drug use, whose high does not last long enough to outweigh the cost. The subsequent problems only perpetuate more grief. The habit of over shopping, whether you just like new stuff or to self medicate against life’s other disappointment, is a fool’s game. Why…
- No sooner do you have that new item than the novelty wears off and you just want more.
- Credit card debt is only going to add to your problems if you don’t have the cash to pay for these highs.
- Even if you can afford this habit, no amount of possessions will ever replace emotional deficiencies in your life.
- If you start to rely on shopping as your main form of recreation then there is a good chance you are ignoring other much healthier and worthwhile pursuits.
- Whether you are happy to ignore the environment or not, everything you buy is placing a strain on the planet’s natural resources.
- Even if the natural resources were infinite, the pollution involved in producing these products is not good for you or the environment.
If you think you have fallen victim of this insidious modern day scourge please consider replacing it with a more productive activity. I would suggest a regular exercise routine or sport, a hobby or volunteering your time to help others. All of these activities are a much more valuable use of your time.
P.S. Thank you Bobbi for suggesting this post topic.
ITEM 290 OF 365 LESS THINGS
Another of my husband’s computer games to be donated. He decided that this item wasn’t just wasting space but also his precious time.
- Spending the day with my parents yesterday.
- Comments from my readers – I haven’t had the time to read yet but I am looking forward to doing so tomorrow.
- No weekend work shift for the first time in three years.
- A $7.90 train ticket that used to cost 2o something dollars – Score one for encouraging people to use public transport.
- Everything I have learnt in the last ten months about pointless shopping.