This week's Brilliant New Topic: It is Thanksgiving next week y'all, where has the year gone???
November 19th, 2020

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I imagine that my issue is probably very common, but I am st

I imagine that my issue is probably very common, but I am still torturing myself by going onto Amazon and other sites and shopping for items I don’t need right now or that I simply can’t afford, especially if I would like to retire some day. I finally paid off my furniture this month, and am down to the car note and a medical debt. Telling myself that I may not take on any more consumer debt is not what I want to hear at all, but it’s my new normal. That includes interest free financing, because that’s really a trap to get me into debt. I remind myself that once I have accrued the funds in a separate account for a large purchase, AND retirement is on track, then yes, I may pull the trigger. It’s taking a long time, so I’m feeling frustrated. Trying to find some way to make peace with not being able to have it all right now. I really do have plenty ... so why am I panicking that I should buy more before it is all gone? It’s partially COVID, but not entirely.

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Nov 21

Sorry you're going through this right now. If I am reading your old posts correctly, for a while you had things under control? If that is accurate, did something stressful happen recently to make you crave shopping? Are Thanksgiving and Christmas bringing up difficult feelings?

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Nov 22

The whole holiday thing is enough to challenge anyone.. I forced myself to start Christmas shopping and perhaps that’s opened up the door. I guess it’s good to be conscious of how all the extra holiday triggers are messing with my head. “The Plan” will work if I don’t sabotage it. But it requires a great deal of patience and humility, which I have very little of. Need to find a methodology (big word) for recognizing when I am about to head down that rabbit hole and divert my focus elsewhere. Like studying or excercise or cleaning the house. Anything.

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