Fight Holiday Spending with a Simplicity Challenge
It’s not even Halloween, so you might be wondering why I am writing about holiday spending. I’m writing about it because it’s time, and because I want to get to you before they do. You know who I’m talking about. I’m sure there are Christmas commercials and decked out showrooms appearing already, so I hope I’m not too late.
This is an opportunity to start focusing on what truly matters to you during the holiday season before festive advertisements, black friday teasing, and all things tinsel and tantalizing invade your brain. The companies that create those glittery ads and attractions know that if they can distract you for just a moment, they have an opportunity to remind you what the holidays are all about, for them.
Holiday spending and accumulation isn’t just about gifts either. You will be tempted with holiday focused food, decor, entertainment, charity, sales and other things designed to make you feel like you aren’t good enough unless you fully participate in the spending mayhem. Spending on any of those things isn’t bad or wrong and in some cases, it’s wonderful, but it is so important to be aware of why you spend what you spend AND to decide in advance how much you want to spend or can really afford to spend.
Before you make the decision of what to spend, know that …
- Nothing you buy will make you a better person.
- Nothing you give will make someone love you more.
- Spending won’t make you happier.
With all of that said, this is an especially challenging time not to spend. It’s time to be vigilant about what matters most to you during the holidays.
Fight Holiday Spending with a Simplicity Challenge
Stay focused on simplifying your life even through the holiday season. You will be pleasantly surprised in how that allows you to fully engage in the spirit of the season. You might struggle with your decision to stay home the day after Thanksgiving instead of shopping, or feel guilty because you didn’t overspend on people you love, but once that initial feeling passes, you’ll discover what you love most about the holidays and every day.
Compare that with how you feel after going into debt to do Christmas or the exhausted feeling of battling the malls and superstores from years past and you’ll quickly find that simplicity is not a sacrifice but a blessing.
To help you further simplify, choose a simplicity challenge now instead of waiting for the new year or a better time.
- The Minimalist Game. Find a friend or family member. Someone who’s willing to get rid of some of their excess stuff. This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day of the month. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Read more about this awesome challenge from my friends Joshua and Ryan.
- The Reverse 100 Thing Challenge. The point of the 100 Thing Challenge is to live with 100 things. The Reverse 100 Challenge invites you to dump 100 things before the end of the year. If you’ve always thought that the 100 Thing Challenge is extreme, and that it would be impossible to only live with 100 things, then giving away only 100 things should be a breeze.
- Project 333. Reducing what was in my closet motived me to reduce all of the other stuff in my life. This minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to dress with 33 items or less for 3 month will keep you away from the sales all season long.
- No virtual shopping. You don’t even have to get dressed to go into debt spending for the holidays. Just turn on your computer, select a deal in email or surf your way to spending on anything for anyone. If shopping online is a bad habit for you, stop it. Boycott one click shopping for the rest of the year. You’ll shop less when you have to physically hand over your cash, wrap your own gifts, and stand in line at the post office.
To further inspire simplicity and meaning, I’m bringing back 31 Days of Gifts You So Deserve with all new gifts for December 2013.
I want to help you fully embrace the simplicity and meaning of the holidays with purpose and intention. 31 Days is an advent calendar in your inbox designed to deliver the gifts you so deserve. Gifts like joy, music, solitude, dance parties, gratitude and love notes.
I recently received this email from Kat about her experience, “These gifts made my holiday season so rich, relaxed and wonderful.”
Enter to Win 31 Days of Gifts You So Deserve
Gentle reminders and joyful recommendations will guide you through December with wonder and simplicity. I’ll give you more details towards the end of November, but in the meantime, I want to give away 31 Days to 10 people by random drawing.
Comment below with things that bring you true joy and happiness during the holiday season or if you participated in 31 days last year, tell us if it made your December brighter. (If you include a link in your comment, it won’t be accepted, so please don’t do that.)
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Winners will be notified by November 12th.
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