On April 30, I ended my Transaction Cleanse, a personal spending experiment proposed by Carl Richards on his Behavior Gap podcast. Mr. Richards challenged listeners to see how long we could go without making a single transaction. The concept: “to reset and increase our awareness” around spending. Actually reducing expenses is not an explicit goal of doing a cleanse, but (spoiler alert!) it is likely to be a welcome side effect. Read the article...
Gas and grapes. Sugar and salad fixins. Cascade, calcium, contact lens cleaner. Seems there's a lot of alliteration in deprivation. Yes, that is a list of the things I’m out of, or nearly so, as this Transaction Cleanse enters the final days of its final phase.
Over the course of this Transaction Cleanse, I’ve talked about the phenomenon of “stealth transactions” a few times. You know, you’re going about your day, minding your own business, avoiding transactions, maybe even sleeping. Then bam! It happens. Through the magic of automation, you’ve purchased something without taking a single action.
Readers who have been on the edge of their seats as my Transaction Cleanse has come into conflict with binge watching “The Good Wife” can breathe a big sigh of relief. As they might say on the show, a legal drama, I’ve been granted a continuance. (Or maybe that should be “a stay of execution”??)
Back on April Fools Day when I started this Transaction Cleanse, I said I wasn’t a big fan of traditional food-related cleanses because they have the unintended side effect of making the “cleanser” want to binge. Sure enough, a Transaction Cleanse can also lead to binging, although not in exactly the way I anticipated.