Just read an article in a recent Oprah magazine about curbing our need to purchase. The core principle is satiate yourself by handling all the stuff you already have, a lot. The more you look at, touch, and hold the things you have the less you need to buy new things. The corollary rule is: don't handle or touch stuff in stores. Once you touch it, you feel you need it. If you have to go to a store, go exactly where you need to go, and don't browse or touch. Satiate your need for "stuff" by touching and fondling the stuff you have at home.
There is actually research on this! The more you touch something, the more you think you need it. It all makes sense. We can get our stimulation from "exploring" or "hunting" in our own closets and drawers instead of in stores. Our "need" to buy comes from overstimulation of goods around us.
I'm gonna try this. I'm starting today. After buying two new cardigans, custom made in the colors of my choice, on my trip. My mistake was touching and trying on the sample garments at a market. After all, if I didn't do this while I was in London, there was no second chance. But I'm done now, for a long time!
Since I don't think that looking on the internet qualifies as touching, I feel safe in posting the designer's website: http://www.redcatknitwear.com/
Actually, her website doesn't look nearly as good as her knits do in person. The newer colors have a much larger range and are much more luscious. I'm doing one cardi soft lime green tipped in chocolate brown, and another in burnt citrus orange tipped in chocolate. The opportunity to choose colors specifically for you and your wardrobe is awesome, and the yarns and make are of extremely high quality. I'm really happy with my last purchases before my fast.