A major reason that we give in to our materialistic urges is that we’re creatures of habit. It might take some thought and effort, but habits can be broken. So, if you find it difficult to walk past your favorite store without going in, try crossing to the other side of the street. If you can’t resist buying something every time the Williams-Sonoma catalog arrives in the mail, have yourself removed from the mailing list.
— Jean Chatzky, You Don’t Have to Be Rich