Just out of curiosity-what is your "gazingus pin"? In Your Money or Your Life, the authors define a gazingus pin as something you think you just have to have. Something that when you see it at the store you think, "I don't have it in that color", or "That looks just a little different than the other ones I have". The point being, that it is something that is very, very hard to resist buying, almost a guilty pleasure. My dh has over 40 pairs of shoes. Shoes are his gazingus pin and I really don't know why! Especially dress shoes. Mind you, we do not go to church and he is a teacher, so he doesn't even need dress shoes really. He likes the thrift stores and when he sees a pair of dress shoes that are a good deal he cannot resist buying them. It drives me crazy to see him bring home yet another pair of dress shoes when he has so many in the closet that he rarely wears. He spends the evening cleaning and polishing them and then puts them in the study where he has built several shelves dedicated just for his shoes. My gazingus pin is clothing for my kids. This includes fabric and patterns for me to make them clothing. The only remedy for this is to keep me out of the stores, and to not open emails from various fabric co-ops. It is very hard for me to turn away from something cute when it is on sale, even if my kids don't need it. The after-xmas sales are also really bad for me as it is a tradition for me to go shopping with my mom and sister after xmas and those sales KILL ME. It is practically the only time I go to the mall, but the consumerism just overtakes me. It is also really bad when dh and I go to the thrift store together and he comes out with a pair of shoes and I come out with clothes for the kids and neither of us can be talked out of our purchases. It's like we are totally different people when we in there! Recording our spending has really helped us cut down on gazingus pin spending becuase both of us are looking in that book on a daily basis and we have to answer to one another more often.