I am not even going to lie and say that this sudden ban was a choice because it wasn’t. Most of us are struggling to make ends meet and in my case I just kept trying to make it all work while still splurging too often.
The more I thought about doing it though, the more I decided to make it something more than just a stop-shopping-or-you-might-literally-start-dropping situation and more of a personal challenge for myself.
To understand why this will be a challenge you need to know that I have a serious fashion shopping problem. I am literally the girl from Confessions of a Shopaholic.
I have always preferred to have nice clothes rather than travel or live an adventurous life. If given the choice between going out for a dinner or buying an item of clothing, I would always choose the latter.
So now that I have overshared about my shopping addiction I am going to share my reasons for taking up this challenge;
I never really challenge myself so I will never know what I’m truly capable of if I don’t and this is a really good and important place for me to start because……
I have zero self control
This is not an exaggeration. If I want something I buy it. I don’t think about the consequences. I have always admired someone who can walk into a shop, see something they love but leave without it. It’s a bit of a foreign concept to me.
You can’t buy happiness
We all know clothes make me really happy but the novelty wears off after the first time I’ve worn something which means I need to shop again to feel happy. I need to find that same kind of happiness within.
Dreams and things
One of my favourite bloggers, Megan Kelly recently shared that her and her family will be traveling South America for a year and will be doing the digital nomad thing. While this isn’t a dream of mine, I have really been inspired by her story because they had a dream and are making it a reality. This has obviously taken a lot of financial discipline and sacrifice and she has shared a few ways they have cutback. They are also selling a lot of their stuff which made me re-think my attachment to materialistic things.
I can never have enough
Rebecca Bloomwood said it best;
“When I shop the world gets better. And the world is better. And then it’s not. And I need to do it again”
It has become an addiction and once the “high” is gone, I need more.
To minimize my attachment to material things
“There’s a saying that goes something like “fill your life with memories, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show”.
I have tons of memories but I would like to create more and I would like to let go of the attachment I have to clothes.
So what am I banning?
- Clothing shopping obviously
- Cutting down on caffeine
- Beauty products, unless absolutely necessary (when something I currently have finishes)
- Impulsive purchases – you know the ones. You see something you didn’t know you needed and you buy it only to find out you didn’t really need it in the first place.
Despite this being a huge challenge for me for multiple reasons, I am really motivated and excited to see how things will start changing for me.
Honestly my biggest fear is how I’m going to post new outfit of the day pictures because I’ll be re-wearing everything that I already have but I think it might give me a totally new angle because I will have to get creative with what I have and I can share that with all of you.
I would love to hear your saving tips or how you got yourself out of a sticky situation and ended up being financially stable.