You window shop.
I once saw a Gilmore Girls episode (fabulous show in case you guys haven't seen it) where Lorelie and Rory are broke so they decide to window shop. They notice a couple of cute items in the Forever 21 window and think "there's no harm in window shopping right?" So they enter the store and quickly exit with pain on their face saying "horrible idea, that just made the urge to shop even worse!"
Have you guys ever done what I just finished doing? I went on the Forever 21 website and put about 15 things in my cart. It totaled about $300 (and if you do the math by the way, I was buying cheap things right?). I did this entire thing knowing full well that (a) I don't have the TIME to be window shopping, (2) I don't have the MONEY to be window shopping, and (c) I don't have the heart to be window shopping!
I quickly exited out of the website and unlike Lorelie and Rory, it actually DID help me! I got a little shopping bug out of my system, realized that really and truly I don't need anything, and thought to myself, well at least now I know that if for some reason our house would sell tomorrow, I could go to the mall and celebrate.
Want to see some of my imaginary purchases?
|Cute little shirt for the weekend ... maybe going to the park.|
|Another casual shirt for the weekend.|
|Oooo ... loving this one! I'd wear this to a picnic!|
|I like dresses, a lot. I could wear dresses every single day. And this one? I'd wear it on a date.|
|This one's so "easter-y" looking. I think I'd wear this to a luncheon.|
|This one's a little fancier ... maybe for a nice dinner.|
Maybe next time I get my shopping bug I'll go to Old Navy! After all, when you internet window shop, the world is your oyster!