And Yet, You're a Good Shopper!
Do you throw out some of the food you buy, like the healthy food you fully intended to eat it, but ignored in the fridge until it got old? Or the fresh herbs for that inspiring recipe that you didn’t have the energy to find another use for? Are you bad at leftovers, dutifully storing them in the fridge until you have to throw them out?
How about clothes? Do you have things in your closet that seemed like a good idea at the store, but are never what you choose to put on? Or, the opposite, do you hesitate to buy anything so you have a closet full of nothing to wear and regret over the clothes you did not buy?
Ever buy plants that didn’t make it to the garden? Project materials for a project you’ve never begun? Replacement tools because the tools you have are around here somewhere but you can never find them? A gym membership you used for a month but lasts for a year?
Maybe you’re not like me, and virtually all the people I know. Maybe you never waste anything and you are an excellent shopper. To you I say, congratulations! For real. You have developed an amazing skill, incredibly difficult to achieve!
To the rest of us, I say this. Everyone “wastes” money. It’s next to impossible not to. We aren’t fortune tellers. All we can do is use our best judgement to try and predict what our future selves will want and need and like. And we will absolutely get it wrong sometimes.
The real problem here is the judgement and guilt we put on ourselves when we do!
So, pitch out the herbs before they go bad, acknowledge that you never eat leftover peas, and give those never worn clothes away so someone else can wear them! Stop weighing yourself down with unnecessary judgement and guilt. Everyone gets it wrong sometimes.
Give yourself a pat on the back for all the times you get it right!