I’ve written this post three times now, read it and deleted. You see there’s so much I want to explain, but I don’t want to bore you. So I will summarise, I have always be honest and open when I say that shopping makes me happy, I shop when I’m down, I shop when I’m bored , I shop to commiserate and to celebrate.
Starting my MA has left me with very little money and until Christmas I was doing alright but over Christmas I slipped, the abundance of sales and Christmas money lured me in to a false sense of security. The stress of Christmas, huge amounts of work for my MA, and my multiple Christmas weight gains left me fraught, so off to the shops I went. The problem is I didn’t stop. Last week I had a look at my finances for the first time this year and waves of sickness washed over me. I had been hiding my spending. Calling everything a must have, kidding myself. Hiding my buys and spending about 6 months budget in less than two.
Have you ever bought something because you felt you deserved it?
Have you ever bought something just because it's a bargain?Have you ever bought something because the sales women looked at you like she thought you couldn’t afford it? (Maybe she had a point)
Have you ever placed an order on the internet and dropped a few extras in to the basket? Well you are paying for the postage anyway right?
Have you ever seen something and in that moment believed that if you own it you will look better? Feel better?
Do you ever obsess over having an item only to get it and feel nothing? Well then you have to buy more to get the thrill you expected right?
Well I do all of that and more.
It’s not just clothes, its books, magazines, cosmetics, it’s the really cute stationary and the bargain ornament that I will now have to find a place for.I have a to read pile the size of a toddler, enough make up to keep a beauty pagent in slap and enough cloths to wear a new outfit everyday day for the rest of my life. (I may have exaggerated the last point but you get my drift.)
So this is it. I like a challenge.
100 days no shopping. 14 weeks and two days. I was going to give it up for lent but I dont think 40 days is long enough to help the financial whole I’m in.
My rules are:
1.No shopping of any kind, charity, online or High Street.
2.I will make a note of everything that I fancy and most probably would have bought if not on the ban and once the ban is over I will treat myself to one of two items from the list.
3.My money is allowed to be spent on, travel, food and drink, essentials such as stamps, batteries things I need for uni.
The final day will be 25th may.
Last buys: Boots:Primark. Necklace:Topshop. Magazines.
Now if anyone would like to join me in my challenge send me a tweet or email. I’d love a buddy. Maybe it’s not all shopping, maybe you want to give up a shoe habit or kerb your spending when it comes to cosmetics, let me know.I have plenty of items to blog about that I've bought over the past month and lots more posts planned but do expect any hauls for the next 100days! Do you think I can do it?
My mum certainly doesn’t think so.