Jeremy should have been born a millionaire, although if zie was, zie wouldn’t be by now considering how much zie loves shopping. One of zir first word combinations was “I need…” and it’s still widely used. From 80’s style tole painted geese (no child, just no) to $80 headphones (also no), there’s always something zie wants.
Sometimes Jeremy goes for the straight forward sales pitch to explain why this doodad is vitally important for the both of us… as if an extra fan in zir Windows 98 Dell in the living room will affect my life in any meaningful way. Occasionally zie resorts to flat out begging. And too often (even once would be too often) zie goes for underhanded by waking me up from a sound sleep. By the time I’m fully awake, zie’s got some form of agreement, the purchase has been made, and I can’t get back to sleep.
It’s the latter that made me decide to put a moratorium on spending, albeit one with a delayed start. No more shopping until the credit card is paid off… after July 12th. I couldn’t place it before then, I’m reasonably sure Jeremy would have had a shock induced heart attack if I’d put a shopping ban in before Amazon’s Prime Day. And we have two incentives. Jeremy wants to save up for a gaming computer while I want to save up to go to Tropical Islands in Germany for my 50th birthday…
We’ve downloaded Pokemon Go so we have an outdoor activity to share and bought Mario Kart for the Wii for our indoor activity; I’m a sucker for Mario Kart even though I routinely come in last. Plus we have our usual activities of scrapbooking, writing, reading, and Facebooking for me and video gaming, watching YouTube, and constructing/deconstructing electronics for Jeremy. That should keep us both busy without shopping.
Now I just need to wait and see if this works!