This year, I decided to embark on a self-imposed shopping ban. You can read more details about it here, and here and my January update 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.
Ladies, this was a success! I am so glad that February was a short month, having this month under my belt is giving me a lot of confidence. I stayed away from malls – except to exchange a pair of running shoes I got during Christmas (which kinda felt like shopping, but without spending money. I hope that’s not cheating.)
I also stayed under my $1,000 monthly budget in February, and so I get rewarded with $25 to spend at a thrift shop. I haven’t been, yet. But I’m really excited about it :). Does anyone have recommendation for thrift shops in the Toronto area?
I’ve also compiled a list of shopping banners, to keep one another motivated. I’ll link to them in this post, and if you’d like, send me your updates and I can link there here, as well!
- Ann from Year of Shopping Detox
- Laura from No More Spending
- Blondie from Blonde Ambitions
- Kayla from Finance Say What
Please let me know if I’ve missed anyone, or if you’d like to be added to the list! Just send me an e-mail or leave a comment.
Pep talk: Ladies, we can do this! March is a great time to start re-mixing some of our favourite winter clothes, since it will be a whole two (or three) seasons until we see them again. It’s also never too early to start thinking about how we can re-mix winter and summer clothes for some creative spring outfits! We can do it 😉