So I've decided to go on a 95% clothing/makeup/accessories shopping ban for 3 months!
Why? Basically to get control of my spending. I plan to buy a new laptop soon and even though that money will be 100% coming from money that I have saved, I still feel like with such a splurge I need to sacrifice in other areas. Even though I think I am better with my money than most other people I know, I still feel like I can always improve. I am hoping that by not spending on frivolous things for a little while, I can put money aside for other things. Maybe I can make an extra payment on my car loan, or put money into my travel fund for my some-day trip to Portugal.
The reason I say its 95% is because there are a few small exceptions. There are some things I have been looking for lately that I haven't been able to find and I feel if I can find them I should get them. So my exceptions are:
- sunglasses (mine broke)
- nice work pants ( will allow myself 1 pair during this time, IF I can find some I really really like)
- work-appropriate tops (allowed 2 tops)
- winter boots
- any of my skincare items that I use on a daily basis that run out ( will buy only replacements, nothing extra)
I am still going to really try not to buy any of this stuff during the next 2 months, but if I happen to come across anything that I really love and I feel like its a good value for money, then I will allow it. But absolutely NO makeup, NO accessories (such as headbands and other hair things), NO jewelry.
I think this is a good time for me to do this because I am starting an online course on the 14th, and it goes until sometime in April so I will probably be spending a lot of my free time with that anyways. I also have been doing a little spending on my credit card lately( like Taylor swift tickets, which I did not anticipate coming on sale so soon after those Bon Jovi tickets,and I don't have anyone to go with yet, which means I don't have anyone to pay me back for one of them!). Even though I know things like that are going to be worth it, it just came at a bad time.
So that's the details of my shopping ban. Good luck to the rest of you who are doing bans of your own, hopefully we will all learn a lot from this!