This year, I decided to embark on a self-imposed shopping ban. You can read more details about it here, and here. To sum it up, no shopping for clothes, jewelry and make-up for a whole year. I am allowed 3 exceptions, including a pair of black boots, an iTouch, and a winter jacket. This challenge is to help me shop my own closet, and be more creative with making items, and re-using items. I am also allowed to shop at thrift stores with my “reward” money ($25) for staying within my $1,000 monthly budget. This is my monthly update.
I broke the golden rule of shopping ban. I set foot within a mall. Ladies, it is not impossible to walk out a mall and not purchase anything, but it about 324,345,239 times harder than not going in, in the first place.
Earlier this January, I decided to gift my Esprit winter jacket to my mom. I exchanged my size for my mom’s size, and I thought that was the end of that. My mom loves loose fitting jackets and wanted me to exchange it for a size up.
So my sister and I went to the mall to exchange it. My sister also invited her bestie, and we were off for an afternoon. I found my mom’s desired jacket size, and I wanted to scope out some boot deals (since that was one of the items I allowed myself).
I found a pair of flat boots for $93 at Town Shoes. I thought I was done… until I spotted La Senza’s bra sale for 50%. I forgot how much I wanted a good bra (mine are all at least a year old, and the elastics are kinda gone). I rationalized the bra purchase… and then I spotted a belt (for only $7.50!) at Costa Blanca.
The damage was done. For a total damage $134.19. Here’s the breakdown:
Flat boots: $105.09, bra: $20.62, belt: $8.48.
I haven’t worn the belt, yet. I feel it might have been a frivolous and impulsive purchase, that may not have improved my wardrobe. I will try to incorporate it into some February outfits, though – it’s got potential.
The bra and shoes are super comfy and I will be wearing them on an (almost) daily basis.
Conclusion: Fail on the shopping ban for January, but I won’t let this bump in the road stop me from completing the rest of my ban! I am more determined than before to see my ban through to the end of this year. I know I can do it! February is a short month! I also got a great idea from Fabulously Broke in the City to catalog her entire wardrobe. What a great idea!
Readers, how are your shopping bans coming along?
P.S. I’m thinking of compiling a lists of Shopping Ban bloggers so we can be accountable to one another. What do you think? E-mail me or leave a comment if you’d like to be added to the list.