All I can say is wow wow wow! I pre ordered this book on my kindle when I came across Cait’s page on Facebook and knew straight away it was a book I needed to read. Well I read the book in two days, I was even reading whilst cooking, my girls were like, “mum!!! why are you reading and cooking?” I actually could not put the book down. I think the book struck a cord with me because it aligns with what I am trying to do with my own life and our lifestyle as a family.
So many things in this book resonates with me, a lot of our actions of over indulging is usually due to us hiding or masking our feelings. Emotional eating, retail therapy, social media pressure, etc. In the past whenever I was really angry with my husband I would go out and buy something to either piss him off or make myself feel better. The thing is I thought I was hurting him, but in actual fact I was really just hurting our family by taking away money that could have been used towards other things, because it’s not his money or my money, it’s ours. By Cait not spending any money for a year, when she had negative feelings surface she couldn’t drink it away, shop it away or eat it away. She had to face these feelings head on.
Now I am not sure yet if I can ban shopping completely for a whole year, but I think I will try and do it on a month by month basis and see how I go. Since starting on changing my families lifestyle I am definitely more aware of everything we are spending money on, I’m okay with going to the mall and not buying anything or actually not going to the mall at all! Unless we need something that is going to serve a purpose or if something need replacing because it stopped working then yes we will look at buying it.
Today I went to Kmart and you all know what happens when you go to Kmart! You go looking for one thing and come out with about 10 things. I made a list of exactly what I needed, I bought just those 2 things only and we were out of there, and this was shopping with two kids as well. I wasn’t even tempted to look at the clothes, shoes or homeware stuff. So I am pleased that my mindset is starting to shift.
I want to travel more with my family and those memories created from these trips are priceless and I would rather spend my money on that instead of material things.
If you want to come out of debt, lead a life of less stress and just be more happy, I would highly recommend you read this book. I cannot believe the journey that Cait has been through and how her story has just inspired me so much more now with what I am doing.