I just read ‘The Year of Less’ by fellow Canadian Cait Flanders & all I can say is my budgeting is about to be taken to a whole new level. This book was so inspiring in so many ways, I mean she did a shopping ban for a year & got rid of everything she didn’t use/need. That is some serious dedication & I am so motivated!
It has been decided: starting April 1st, I won’t shop for one month. I have some stuff I would like to do & in order to do those I would need to save some serious money! So basically things like – going to Starbucks to buy tea because I’m lazy is so not allowed. buying clothes I totally don’t need & won’t wear for months just because, is not allowed.
I realized that to break my bad habits of spending money for no reason I really need to buckle down & really take my budgeting seriously.
What I’m allowed to shop for:
- I can buy food. I am however limiting my dining out to three times this month cause I like going out for food for no reason… (totally not including work events- So if I have a work event & there is no option for food I will allow myself to buy something but it has to be nourishing)!
- I can keep up with waxing appointments. No details here to give, other than my eyebrows will not suffer for this spending ban.
- Work related items.This has to be on my list. I have to buy snacks for the office, replenish coffee etc. when they run out. But I get reimbursed so it’s no big deal!
- I am allowing myself to replace things, but only if they are needed. For example, if I run out of shampoo, creams, etc. I can buy as long as they are done & thrown away. Or if a piece of clothing rips/completely worn out & it needs to get replaced but only again after it is thrown away.
As you can imagine, I am shaking in my boots I am so nervous for this, but I’ve been doing a bunch of reading about finances & personal finances, but I mean I might as well challenge myself now & see if I can do this. Who know’s maybe I’ll like it & decide to extend my shopping ban.
Would you do a shopping ban?
Wish me luck!