Tomorrow marks the third week of my 30-Day Shopping Ban. I wish I could say I’ve SAVED TONS OF MONEY not shopping but I can’t because I haven’t. I’ve been spending a lot on food and I also went away for my birthday. I think I need to re-write the rules and add “limit eating out to 3x a week” to the list!
In the last 3 weeks, I’ve (only) purchased the following:
- $1.99 on inLinkz premium
- A cookbook for Joey (gift)
- A mouthguard for my dad (gift)
(It was also Joey’s birthday last week and I have yet to get him a gift.)
Food and alcohol expenses aside, I’m actually doing pretty well. I usually burn through my paycheck (I blame pay day shopping trips where I pick up a couple of new clothes) but I’ve noticed that I still have a substantial amount of disposable income on me. I’m still a long way from being financially responsible but I thought I’d share 6 easy ways you can do (that I do) to hold on to your money.
1. Unsubscribe from promotional newsletters
Minutes after I decided to go on a 30-Day Shopping Ban, I got an email from my go-to website that offers discounted design bundles at a huge discount. HUGE. Every bundle is a GOOD DEAL, I am not kidding. Did it sense my resolution to no longer spend money that it sent me an offer to test me?
I briefly considered postponing the shopping ban by a day just so I could buy the design bundle. I have a problem, I know. I was able to resist temptation and immediately unsubscribed from them and have sworn off opening anything from my Promotions tab until after the ban.
2. Mute all triggers
We all have Twitter or Instagram triggers; mine are beauty bloggers. If you’re a beauty blogging friend who constantly tweets beauty products, chances are I’ve temporarily muted you (don’t take it personally). If Instagram shops tempt you with their pretty, precious things, unfollow them. If you want something from them that badly, you’ll find them after your shopping ban or when you have money to spare.
3. Have a reward jar
Every time you’re tempted to buy something, walk away and reward yourself. I usually reward myself with food (a bucky here, takeout coffee there, or rice), even though I’m not a dog and even though it’s bad for my waistline.
A better alternative would be checking the price tag of something that catches your eye and putting that amount into savings.
4. Don’t even bother with window shopping
You won’t be able to control yourself. Most of the clutter I own are from my daily trips passing time at Daiso and Landmark’s Home and Beauty sections. Malls are still part of my daily commute but I completely avoid popping by my favorite stores.
5. Re-assess your necessities
Two days into my shopping ban, I ran out of eyeliner: something considered a necessity that I’m allowed to purchase during the ban. Now I didn’t want to shop two days in so I just told myself I could temporarily live without eyeliner. Besides, I had an old pot of black gel liner anyway.
I lost my hairbrush over the weekend, too. Do I need a hairbrush? Yes. Do I need a new hairbrush? Ideally, yes; but we have old hairbrushes lying around the house that I can use in the meantime.
6. Be happy with what you have
Stop lusting after things and— I say this a lot because it’s the root of discontent and stupid spending— don’t compare yourself to others. Someone will always have more and you will want to covet those things but you don’t have to and you don’t need them. :)
How do you avoid spending money?