I’m not saying you should go minimalist or never shop again; What i’m saying is accumulate experiences and memories more than you do stuff. Something I learned last year living in my car was that the more material things you have, the more stress it brings.
So many people have so much stuff sitting around (it’s common in the US to have a garage as well as a separate storage space filled with things) and buy things just because it made them feel good for a few moments. The problem with buying frivolous things all the time is that it adds up and takes space in your life and mind. Living in my car was stressful sometimes but it was freeing because of the lack of things I had to keep track of. Since everything I had was in my mid-size suv and I took pictures instead of buying souvenirs, I had more mental energy and time to spare on what matters. I wasn’t overwhelmed by all the laundry, organizing and cleaning that comes with having lots of things.
I live with my parents again but since then, I’ve made a rule for myself: make sure all of your personal things you own fits in one room neatly; It helps so much with my anxiety and stress. I have more mental energy and managing my finances is easier since the only “vice” I ‘really’ splurge on is organic food and weed. (i’m not telling anyone to to do drugs, so don’t come at me)
So instead of shopping sprees try a picnic at the park, learning to cook something with a friend/family member, going for a walk, hiking, exploring a farmer’s market or taking a day trip to the closest beach, stargazing, a weekend holiday/vacation in the next town over, playing a sport or trying a new hobby.