Silencing The Material Girl (A Deep Thought Post)


Every year around this time (actually, it gets earlier and earlier each year), I am inundated with glossy magazines in the mail.  These magazines try to lure you in with all of the beautiful things to buy.

They call to you, making you think “my life would be perfect if I had that ______”  You fill in the blank. Car, purse, outfit, home.

I admit, it is hard not to be dazzled by all that is displayed.  I have a gift list a mile long, but the shopper from hell emerges and I find myself wanting EVERYTHING I see.  So many options, so many wants.

There are two strategies I employ when the material girl in me won’t seem to shut up.

First, I try to score a major deal on something I have been wanting or something I need to buy as a gift.  For some reason, the combination of the purchase and scoring an amazing deal satisfies my shopping bug.  I get a double adrenaline boost.

Second, I actually scour through the magazines and circle or dog ear pages of the things I want.  I mentally claim them as my own.  I know that this seems somewhat silly and a bit like practicing the “law of attraction”, but it works to indulge my inner material girl.

Then I wait until after the holidays to look at the catalogs again.  By that time, I actually find I don’t have such a desire for many of the items.  Perhaps the desire was satiated by a gift received over the holidays.  In addition, I find that if I still want something, it is usually on sale post-holiday!  Perfect example of delayed gratification.

What do you think?  Do you have any strategies for banishing temptation to buy yourself 50 Christmas gifts?

Don’t worry though, I will still be posting some holiday gift guides soon (for “other” people you have to buy for- wink wink!)