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19 things to do instead of shopping.

Shopping is a very short moment of happiness. The long term consequence is less money, more responsibility and guilt. So what do you do instead that will give you that same happy feeling that you get from shopping?

  1. Go to the animal shelter and pet the cats. Ask if you can take a dog outside to the play area.
  2. Go to the thrift store and buy an outfit. Then donate it to the homeless shelter.
  3. Go for a walk in nature.
  4. Call a friend or family member and go for dessert.
  5. Go to the movies.
  6. Plant something.
  7. Read or listen to a book.
  8. Watch a comedy.
  9. Bake cookies and take them to a neighbor.
  10. Go play games with the elderly at the nursing home.
  11. Take up a creative hobby and sell your creations for some side money.
  12. Take a bubble bath with some scented candles and a hot lavender tea.
  13. Look for a vacation destination and put away the money you would have spent shopping in a safe place toward that vacation.
  14. Get a pedicure or manicure
  15. Go to a yoga class
  16.  Take the dog to the dog park.
  17. Get the car cleaned inside and out.
  18. Plan a dinner party using Pinterest and then actually have a dinner party.
  19. Do something you like to do beside shopping.

Very rarely will you even remember the shopping in a few weeks.  Shopping adds stuff that you have to take care of and organize.  Doing something else that does not involve accumulating more stuff and helps others not only gives you the happy vibe but it gives you a memory of having done something good.

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