I don’t always get minimalist shopping right, but I’m improving. Not long ago one of my shirts was showing wear, and I decided to replace it with a bright colored one – long sleeve, V-neck, work-appropriate.
Over my lunch break at work one day, I walked into a store to take a quick survey of their inventory. They didn’t have what I was looking for, so I left empty-handed. (No random purchases were made.)
I went into store next door. No dice.
Returned to work empty-handed.
A week later I was in a part if town I’m not usually in. Spotted the shirt in a store’s window display! Paid cash.
Went home and pulled the worn out shirt off its hanger in my closet; put it in a bag of items to donate.
Got on with my life.
Here are the key points to Minimalist Shopping you might have caught from my experience:
1) Know exactly what you’re looking for before you set foot in a store.
2) Don’t buy on impulse.
3) Buy what you can afford – cash is the ideal payment.
4) Donate or sell the item you’re replacing so items don’t accumulate in your closet.
Dana Byers and her family are passionate about adoption and online ministry, and they sold all they owned in 2007 to live a mobile lifestyle overseas and expand online ministry practices globally. She’s the author of “The Art of Online Ministry” and recently moved to Oklahoma to become the Community Pastor for LifeChurch.tv Church Online. All opinions shared here are expressly her own.