Last night, I asked myself if I could go on a 30-Day Shopping Ban ON MY BIRTHDAY MONTH. I had just spent 45 minutes de-cluttering my make-up stash and was disgusted at the amount of junk I had accumulated over the last two years. Most of them were samples from subscription boxes or impulse purchases (things I bought on the spot without consulting reviews) that I only ended up using a couple of times. It may not amount to much, but it’s still wasted money and— more importantly— a reflection of my lack of restraint.
A 30-Day Shopping Ban is something I’ve attempted to several times in the past. I always failed, though, because I’m really bad at sticking to my guns. If I can’t last a month without throwing money at useless stuff, what does that say about me? My future??? So I’m doing it again and this time, I’m taking it seriously.
To set some rules, I lifted Blonde on a Budget’s Shopping Ban lists and revised them accordingly.
What I Can Shop For:
- food & groceries
- necessary cosmetics (when I run out of eyebrow pencil etc)
- toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, anything from my skin care routine if I run out)
- necessary cat things (collars, if they lose their current ones etc)
- gifts for others (it’s Joey’s birthday on June 2)
- ONE birthday gift for myself: an outfit/a book/party stuff
What I Cannot Shop For:
- unnecessary cosmetics (a new shade of lipstick etc)
- apps and in-app purchases
- hair dye
- clothes & accessories
- books and office supplies
- household items (decor, kitchenware etc)
- WordPress themes and plug-ins, fonts, design bundles etc
- online courses
- I cannot use my credit card, unless it’s for work (e.g. Facebook ads)
- I can add to the second list anytime
That’s about it. I’ll be checking in in two weeks to document my progress. Wish me luck!