This year, I decided to embark on a self-imposed shopping ban. You can read more details about it here, and here and my past updates 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 and gentlemen, I can’t believe that I have passed the halfway mark of my shopping ban! Hooray!
I have been meaning to update my blog to reflect the status of my shopping ban and how I have been faring. I’ve also slipped up a few times, and I do need to confess. Let’s get to the updates, and I will start with the good news.
iPod Touch Birthday Gift
My BF bought me an iPod Touch as a birthday gift (love it!), so I will take that off my list and allow myself one article of clothing in its place. And I already know what that piece would have to be…
A Staple Cardigan
I have a handful of cardigans that are not very good quality but look okay. All of them have shown wear after just one season, and I realize that I do need to pay more attention to the quality of clothes that I buy (hence the shopping ban!).
I’ve had my eye on this cardigan since last winter and could never find it anywhere in my size! My friend knew I
was obsessed really liked it, and she sent me a text while I was in the Maritimes that she found my cardigan in my size for 40% off. (For those curious, it’s by Line Knitwear $90 $55).
At first I stood my ground, and reminded her about my shopping ban. But when she asked, “Are you sure??” I caved and asked her to get it for me. I am weak, I know.
That cardigan will have to be another one of the three exceptions I allow myself. Only one exception item left! Yikes!
Joe Fresh Matte Lipstick
Last confession, I promise. I hope you all don’t think I am a complete failure.
Usually, I have my shopping ban “shield” up when I enter a mall or store (usually to pick up a make-up refill) so I stay focused on the task at hand, and not break my shopping ban.
Unfortunately, my shopping ban “shield” was down when I went grocery shopping at the Canadian Superstore. I wandered over to their Joe Fresh aisles and found their make-up line. And then I remembered seeing GlitterGeek’s rave review on their Fuchsia matte lipstick.
So, I picked up a tube of fuchsia – last one! And clay (a neutral colour). But they were only $6 each! And they feel fabulous!
I digress. I know I completely cheated on this one. I paid for it with my reward points, so I didn’t actually spend any out of pocket money. But this doesn’t mean that I can go around spending reward points while on my shopping ban. That would be unacceptable and it would defeat the purpose of my shopping ban.
From now on, I will have my shopping ban “shield” up when I go grocery shopping, especially at the Canadian Superstore.
I may have faltered a bit, but I plan to see my shopping ban through!
At the beginning of my shopping ban, I allowed myself three exception and I still plan to stick to it. I’ve used up two so far, and my last one planned is a nice winter coat. I may not actually get a nice winter coat – I spent too much time looking for one last year and couldn’t find something I loved.
We will see – it’s hard to think about winter coats in August!
Wish me luck.
It’s been a while, but I still have the links to previous shopping banners I’ve compiled.
- Ann from Year of Shopping Detox
- Laura from No More Spending
- Blondie from Blonde Ambitions (I haven’t seen Blondie in a while, tho…)
- Kayla from Finance Say What
- Krystal from Give Me My Five Bucks Back
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.