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Why I’m doing a shopping ban

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;

Challenge Accepted

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.

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About Kerry Heathfield-Sharper

I speak my truth. 🙌Body positivity ❤️Self love 👗Budget plus size fashion 🎬 Real life 💼 Fashion Merchandiser 9-5. Wannabe helper of women 2
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11 thoughts on “Why I’m doing a shopping ban

    1. Yay, do you have any tips?
      I can’t even count the clothes I bought last month on one hand, that’s how bad it is, eeeeek!

  1. So happy to read that our story has inspired you. I promise you that once you get started, it becomes a game to see how much you can save and before long, you have saved up for something worthwhile. Set a goal – perhaps it’s something for your house, something you have always wished to experience but found it too expensive… set a goal! The right goal makes the saving so much more worth it. I am useless with saving money – absolutely useless. My parents were the same, and so was D’s. But given the right motivation, it has seemed effortless!

    1. Thanks Meg. We have also been quite useless so I am excited to challenge myself and actually not struggle every month.

  2. I started reading this and I thought from the first paragraph, what would be SO awesome is if you show us your closet and use say one item and how to wear it every Monday for a month in a different way – so no repeats. I’d love to see that! Also, I am such an addict so I really am impressed you’re doing this. Well done!

    1. Somehow I missed this comment, I am so sorry.
      Thanks for the idea – I love that and I’m SO glad you’d be keen to see my budget looks. I am going to play around this long weekend and see what I can do about putting different outfits together with one item.
      Haha, the first payday since this decision is coming up and I am nervous as hell, but also determined.

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