Andrea over at The Fishbowl posted this about her shopping embargo. It's just an idea I wanted to float, to get people thinking. Basically she opts to not buy anything non-essential for the months of January and February. Already I employ many of her suggestions, I know I will be paying down my credit cards since I bought a considerable amount of Christmas presents online this year. And with the exception of my son's birthday in February, which will require a few "non-essential" items, it doesn't sound too hard. Come next week our routines will be back in full swing and I will be hard pressed to find time to pleasure shop. So the first half of January will be a breeze. I'm guessing the crunch will come some time in February, especially for us cabin-fever-ites.