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Why i’m challenging myself to a shopping ban this Summer

Over the past year and a half, i’ve made some pretty important changes in my life regarding a few things:  

  • i stopped being beauty product that were tested on animals
  • i stopped buying leather (never bought fur so didn’t have to stop)
  • i progressively decluttered every single part of my home (besides my sweetheart belongings, he loves everything he owns and is a collector!)
  • i successively stopped eating meat, fish, eggs and most dairies (i’m in my final step of getting rid of milk, which will be done by the end of the month, that’s my final goal regarding my transition to veganism!)
  • i decided to throw myself into very important professional projects, and so far managed to stay very motivated!

I’m extremely proud of these accomplishment obviously but in the midst of all this, one thing i haven’t successfully managed, is to stop spending too much money, and start consuming differently.

I always had trouble keeping my expenses under control and no matter what i do i always end up in debit before the middle of the month. I have an Excel sheet for every month to organize and plan my expenses, i check my bank account balance almost every day, i made budgets for everything and yet, i still manage to spend more than i earn.

Now i don’t spend on random stupid things that i regret the next day. I do love and use most of the things i buy myself. But i don’t NEED them. And of course i’m not saying you should buy only stuff you need and never please yourself with something useless and pretty, i do that quite often! But i think that it’s something you should feel free to do when you have a bit of money on the side reserved for that. I can’t even tell you how many times i dedicated the tiny amount of “extra” money i had that month to get myself a little something and then had an unexpected bill coming up just a few days later that got me in the red zone with my bank. That actually happened just few days ago again and the anxiety attack i had because of it, really achieved to convince me that it was time to change my way to spend money…

I’m the kind of person that gets really bad anxiety over money issues and to me it’s just basic logic and self preservation to try and fix something that triggers such an awful state of mind for me. So i’m getting ready for a little personal challenge yet again! I decided to take a shopping ban for at least the next 3 months! During that time the only purchases i’ll be allowed to make are the followings:

  • One hat for my holidays next week: i really need extra protection from the sun and i’ll be in the south of France so it’s considered vital expense really!
  • 1 pair of sandals: That’s a maybe but my last pair is starting to fall appart so they might not resist all the walking around during my vacations, we’ll cross fingers and see.
  • Birthday gift for my mum in August

Besides that, NO MORE SHOPPING! I need to have more willpower and i know i can!

Anyone would like to join in? Maybe we could support each other in this! Have you ever done a drastic challenge of that sort before? Let me know because i’m actually a bit nervous and would love to hear your experiences!

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6 Comments

  • Reply Kathryn

    I have a number of things on my list which I need to save for so I’m trying to limit my spending too!
    I need to eBay some clothes as well to get some extra cash.
    Kathryn /Cherries in the Snow

    June 20, 2017 at 10:08
    • Reply Melodie

      Definitely, i do that too! Good luck with your sales and savings then dear Kathryn! :*

      June 20, 2017 at 10:55
  • Reply Jenny

    Amazing post girl and huge congrats on these accomplishments!! I watched the Minimalism documentary with my other half and it really opened up how consumer focused we are! I’ve also cut back myself and now just invest in pieces I will use time and time again and focus more on my living environment and wellbeing xx

    Jenny | http://www.krystelcouture.com X

    June 20, 2017 at 12:15
    • Reply Melodie

      Aw thanks Jenny!! That’s awesome and that’s definitely the kind of changes i’m aiming towards! Congrats to you too then! 😉

      June 20, 2017 at 12:35
  • Reply kallie

    I did a shopping ban right after all the Thanksgiving sales last year…what a time to start right?! Anyway, it was extremely hard, but gosh it was crazy how much money we saved and I didn’t even realize! Good Luck

    June 21, 2017 at 08:07
  • Reply Emilee

    This is a great idea! I am on board! My Target runs turn into $100+ visits and in the end I’m just throwing things in my cart. Need to focus on needs.

    June 23, 2017 at 12:00
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