Compulsive Buyer Tries To Go A Year Without Shopping

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — She calls Target her “Kryptonite.” So is it any wonder that Elizabeth JaYne Liu has a bit of a problem staying out of malls?

To that end, this self-described compulsive shopper decided to keep a blog and see if she could go one year without shopping.

She can buy food of course — and she is also allowing herself make-up, haircuts and the gym and charity…but no fast food, shoes, jewelry, clothing, DVDs, CDs, special coffees or home accessories.

Elizabeth said she decided to start the blog in September 2010, on her 30th birthday.

She married her husband after knowing him for 18 days. She collects craft supplies. Note, she doesn’t craft…she just likes looking at craft supplies.

Anyone wanna wager that this is going to be a very long, albeit entertaining, year!?

For more on the blog and Elizabeth, click on the following link:

  • Turbocat

    So, why is this news? This is a wealthy, uninteresting woman who will probably write some insipid book about her LIFE-CHANGING experience. Give me a break.

    • Shelly

      My initial thought was a bit like that of Turbocat, but I visited the gal’s website and her blog post for today is actually quite moving. The news story should have mentioned more about her interesting blog entries.

    • Catherine

      This woman is in pursuit of happiness not defined by material objects. Yes, she allows herself designer coffee when out with friends and rightfully so – she is still allowed to fully embrace the company of good friends. Will you criticize her for spending her time with her family by eating out too? These are small concessions she had made with her project, but the bigger picture is that these concessions aid in defining her own happiness.

      Furthermore, as Shelly noted before, her posts reveal the personal struggles she has dealt with throughout her life. Everyone has their own issues, but she is brave enough to throw her vulnerability on the chopping block and share it with her readers. There is a reason why she has a growing audience, and these people, like myself, have organically found a connection with her.

      Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but please, hold on to your dear cynicism and try committing to a project like this yourself.

  • duh

    Reality TV show in the form of a blog. Amazingly average (and yes, I did read many of the blog entries). I’m also wondering why this is newsworthy? There is nothing interesting in her project. She openly admits there is no reason for her project (like debt, compulsion, etc), and frankly, when you look over her list of things she’s allowed to buy, it defeats the whole purpose for such a project (for example, designer coffees still allowed if she’s out with friends). She’s willing to wear underwear until they give out, but still needs an expensive salon haircut. I do hope her father contacts her (the grandchild should not suffer from whatever dysfunction happened there), but other than that, this is 100% average stuff. Will CBS profile my blog front page? Hmm… Good luck Elizabeth.

    • Lakerfan64

      Though you’ve actually read parts of the blog, it seems like you don’t really understand the project. You know that debt, etc. wasn’t the impetus, but you jump to the conclusion that this means there is no reason for the project. Rather, she has been very clear from the beginning that her goal was to find happiness, fulfillment, etc. The blog title of “Flourish in Progress” should’ve clued you in.

  • jack

    very interesting article… wow! who ever published this article should earn a promotion.

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  • Anna

    I am totally addicted to Flourish in Progress! To any one who doesn’t read the posts b/c they have already decided the writer is uninteresting, I say: your loss.

  • jen

    I think it’s a fascinating story and it’s inspired me to shop less and live more.

  • Audubon Ron

    The reason this is news is b/c American’s are rebounding from a spending frenzy and a sizable recession caused by little if any discipline in spending habits or getting into debt beyond our means. The setting of this story appears near the infamous Rodeo Dr./ Hollywood Hills where there is more than an abundance millionaires. There in this juxtaposing vista is this one beautiful young woman who has decided to forgo the external trappings of abundance just long enough to flourish within and smell the roses.

    If we all had the sense to pause a moment and ask what we are doing with or to ourself, we’d all be much better off. That’s the story. That’s the news. I think anyone would get that.

  • Berkley Beluska

    Audubon Ron, you nailed it right on the head. Elizabeth’s blog is excellent and well-written, aimed at changing herself and inspiring others along the way–she does a damn good job.

  • JoNell

    I love Flourish in Progress. Elizabeth has a wicked sense of humor and is a genuinely kind person. It’s very disheartening that there are those that can’t see beyond her money and look at her and who she is. It really is your loss.

  • Mike

    I agree with Berley Beluska and JoNell. Judge the blog however you want, but Elizabeth has courageously published her project to the public for viewers to enjoy perhaps or to even help inspire others to join in her journey. Her blog is well-written with a chic feel and obviously has gained much attention from viewers who enjoy it, including CBS

  • Pass

    This is another person who has accomplished nothing in life – yet believes that they deserve some notoriety, some acclaim, some spotlight for their – well – having done nothing.
    Why is this newsworthy?
    Well – at a time when everyone is tightening their belts, and making due with less, why does she get the spotlight from CBS? I don’t know. But I guess there will be someone out there who thinks this is inspiring. And to that person, you should get out more. There are hundreds of things that will inspire you in the natural world. Climb a mountain. Run a marathon. swim in the great barrier reefs. If giving up Target inspires you, then I feel sorry for you.

    • Daniel

      instead of writing such “accomplished” comment, why don’t you go “climb a mountain” and find something “newsworthy” to report to cbs? LOL

      if hate is your inspiration, i’d rather be inspired by target.

  • Jenie

    Nothing wrong with a good human interest story. Elizabeth has never once claimed her blog to be anything more than what it is, a unique project for herself to seek joy in other aspects of her life, (outside of retail stores). She is merely sharing her personal story with her readers in hopes of reaching out to others in similar situations such as herself. The project has awakened her senses to opportunities old and new and brought her closer to her family. She’s an awesome person with a great sense of humor which conveys well through her words on the blog. Flourish in Progress is an encouragement to others who relied on materialistic possessions in order to achieve happiness to realize that there’s much more to life than what money can buy.

    If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, please do. I highly recommend it and it’s at the very least a lighthearted, witty, read and a nice pick-me-up throughout the week.

  • Amy

    I started reading her blog a few months ago, and really enjoy it. She’s funny and sincere and isn’t afraid to poke fun at herself. And I find myself thinking twice now about some random purchases, and putting things back on the shelf. Miracle!

  • Missus Clark

    The quest to better one’s self by looking up and smelling the roses is valid for anyone, poor or stinking rich. Regarding the nasty comments left here by the jealous and/or bitter; pay no attention to the trolls under the bridge!

  • the mama bird diaries

    Not like some of these nasty comments above. You look adorable in that piece. So glad you have figured out something that works for you this year.

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