Cool Idea: Prohibitive Shopping

Cruising design shops and surfing the web all day, there's a lot of home décor temptation to ward off. If I were to buy all of these seductive goods, you might catch me on a Dr. Phil episode about shopping addiction. Instead, I've devised a method of prohibitive shopping that helps me to curb spontaneous and unnecessary purchases.

A month or so ago, I fell in love with this 1961 Spanish matador painting in a vintage design store in my 'hood. The colors were ideal for my crib, and there was something silly and offbeat about the subject that I was drawn to. But, I couldn't justify shopping at the time, so I told myself if it was still there — and I still loved it — in three weeks, it would be mine. As you can see, it's mine now.

I usually give myself until the time of my paycheck to snatch up the object I'm lusting after. Right now, it's an ornately designed jute rug on clearance that I can't get out of my mind; I'm crossing my fingers that it doesn't sell out before payday. I've found this to be a tried-and-true method for cutting spending and choosing only things for my home that won't lose their appeal on me. Do you shop this way?

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