So in April I was spending a little too much money – mainly on ASOS, the bug got me – as you can probably guess from this title because why else would people go on a spending ban right? The previous month I had also spend some €€ on a weekend festival ticket and my camera so I thought I’d better look out for a bit.
I decided to go on a spending ban for a month and a half (I know, title wasn’t completely truthful). From the middle of April until the end of May (or at least until I got my loan in May, which is basically at the end). So let’s see how it went, what I learned and how I’m going to go on from here!
How did it go?
It went surprisingly well. Obviously I still spent money on groceries, a dance class I’ve just started and other essentials like toothpaste. But apart from that I only spent money on one thing outside of my spending ban, which was a tiny pack of chocolates, just ’cause I was craving them and they were only 50 cents.
I did tell myself that if I really needed to buy something like trainers (which I do but haven’t done yet) then obviously I would let myself. But I haven’t actually had to do that. I also stopped looking at the ASOS new in section every day and my wish list has grown smaller and smaller. I didn’t feel the need to buy anything!
What did I learn?
I learned that I am quite happy with the things I do have, especially my clothes as that’s what I was buying most of. I wrote a post all about how I’m putting more effort into my style this year and I’m really being more creative with my clothing now. Now, instead of just buying whatever I think is nice I want to go actively look for something because I feel it’s missing from my wardrobe, like a gold chocker necklace and a nice belt. There have been many an outfit that I thought that would look perfect with so instead of just looking at the new in section (which I am definitely still going to do though) I want to have things in mind that I want to buy because I know my wardrobe is missing it.
I also realised I want to start using up all my make-up and beauty products I have lying around before buying new ones.
If you don’t spend money for a while you really start to notice the things around you that you already have, it’s probably more than you realise.
And what next?
Like I said, in the future I want to spend less. The urge to go on ASOS all the time and buy clothes has really left my body so I don’t think I need (or want) to restrain myself anymore. I still do want to buy myself something nice every now and again especially if I know it’s going to be a great addition to my wardrobe. I am finding out my style and the things I like and don’t like a lot better now so hopefully the things I buy I will like for a really long time after.
I might give myself a 4 or 5 thing limit per month from now on, but that just depends how I get on. I might just have to watch out that I don’t spend too much money on books!
Have you ever gone on a spending ban?
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