It is interesting how sometimes people go to shop without any plan to buy something particular and return with a lot of stuff. Or even having a strict shopping list, somehow people manage to spend more because of little things. It seems that our mind is irresistible to huge variety of shiny & colorful things. Why do we buy unnecessary things? Are we spoiling ourselves? I mean, not buying because of persuading salesman, but just wondering in the store and picking up something and thinking to ourselves: "oh, this can be useful, i can make/use this and that..."
Usually I end up putting the thing in the shelf for several months... :/ especially the books. I never have time to read from cover to cover, but still think to myself: "this is different" when buying more books. Of course I start to read them, but eventually they end up half-read somewhere in the shelf.
There is an opinion that it is all based on emotional state of a person - sounds logical, but what exactly affects customers? After some investigation (good old google search), I found an article about a research on this topic: www.slate.com/id/2279935
It says that there is a correlation between shopping habits and the alphabetical position of your surname. Firstly, I thought this was crap, but as I learned the theory it started to make sense. "Their working hypothesis is that "[R]epeated delays imposed on children whose last names are late in the alphabet create in those individuals a chronic expediency motive that is automatically activated" by limited-time offers to buy stuff."
Shortly: "The farther back in the alphabet the first letter of your surname falls, the quicker you're likely to chase some enticing new consumer offer. This response is rooted in childhood trauma."
Well, it really makes sense - my surname starts on "U" and at school usually there were just two or three people behind me on every list. However, I wouldn't say that I suffered much from this - sometimes I even used it: handing in homework, interview times or presentation schedule etc. And still I keep buying unnecessary things. I'm trying to be rational, but somehow I always find an excuse to buy stuff I don't need.
As it's very difficult for me to avoid unnecessary spending, I decided to avoid shopping (of course not completely). I though, why don't I allocate more resources and energy on making things instead of buying them? On the internet, here are tons of original ideas & crafts that would allow me to cut my spending a bit, for example, homemade paper, papier mache vases, milk plastic, handmade bags, e-books etc.
So, the first (and symbolic) project to start with could be a handmade piggy-bank, then a cute notebook with handmade paper...
I really hope I can do this (and it won't last less than a week)