So, this interview was so awesome. Not only did Cait pay down her $30,000 in consumer debt, she started to reflect on her spending habits and how easily she impulsed purchased things she didn't need.
I found the interview a bit problematic though. You could tell that Rick Cluff was a bit uncomfortable with her strict adherence to her spending plan. He was glad to hear she hadn't "cut off all of her personal enjoyment". How much enjoyment is there really, in being shackled to debt? It made me realize how normal consumer debt really is.
What I really loved was when Cait dug into the why behind some of the purchases - it was about appearance. She talks about clothes that "Professional Cait" should wear, or books that "Smart Cait" should read. It was brilliant not just to hear that she accepted herself but that she also understood what the driver was behind some of the purchases.
She's now on a two year shopping ban and not finding it that difficult, it seems, because she's mindful of why she buys things as well as the goal she has for her savings.
If you want to read more about her journey - head over to her blog. She has some great links and information, as well as resources to get you started. I love her honesty - that a lot of this debt was consumer.
I also loved the part about buying clothes that "Professional Cait" would wear rather than just the clothes she feels comfortable in and building a life that matches that. It's something to think about, isn't it?