That has been the question these past two weeks.. so many things I want to buy or even just think of buying. I didn't realize what a consumer I was until this pledge made me evaluate each item I thought of buying.. maybe its like a reverse psychology thing- when you aren't allowed to buy things, you wanna buy even more? The list is endless- a steamer, camera, baby clothes (even though we literally have an outfit a day until she turns 1), scissors, floss, laundry detergent, colander, jeans, eid clothes, books, gifts etc... its good that Ramadan began after our moving and spending fest where I allowed myself to purchase all sorts of things for our apartment- air purifier, coat rack, vacuum cleaner, rug, cutting board, water filters, microwave, desk, etc..
But I find that its pretty easy to hold off on buying things that are not really "needs" but more of a "want".. i can sit on the floor, breathe semi-clean air and throw my coats on the sofa.. but what I find difficult to control is my constant purchasing of food items used in various attempts at creative and ethnic cuisine.. like i had to buy fish sauce to make pad thai, right? I find my kitchen stocked with all sorts of cooking ingredients used sporadically and my fridge filled with items that make me search for new recipes which starts the cycle all over again... this is all connected to my larger problem of food waste and management- as long as I can finish the food in my fridge and not let things go to waste- my conscience is sated... but in reality- do I really need all these food items (and kitchen gadgets;)?
What do you all think?