Shopping Hiatus, a break from the norm

June 12, 2012

By Katrice

{I love beauty products.}

So, if we chat on facebook or Tweet each other, you know by now that I have called off shopping for 90 Days. Clearly, my life most recently revolves around escalating challenges; Each one is a little more insane. But, I'm game. Ha! A couple months ago, I saw a blog post by MVL friend Jonell of FIVEFOOT9  about taking a break from shopping for 6 months. I was intrigued and immediately wanted to try something similar. I stuck a pin. 

Then, I moved.

As I was unpacking my clothes and accessories in the extra room that I'm making into a closet {stay tuned for a post about this}, I realized that now was the time. A mountain of shoes, tags on blouses and a jewelry armoire bursting at the seams ... That was the bedroom. In my bathroom, products galore. If you visit, you'll almost always leave with beauty products to try. I digress. I looked around and thought, I need to make some changes. What kind of changes I'll make is still under consideration. But, in the meantime, I'm positive I can maintain
  professionally and socially with what I already have. And so, I decided to refrain from shopping {clothing, accessories, beauty products, spa services and other small everyday luxuries like fresh flowers} until September. September 10th to be exact.

I'm excited for this challenge as I've never done anything like it. 30 Days of nothing but water was a success, though it was a hard-earned one. I'm expecting to go through this one with more grace and actually didn't have an expected end result when I decided to begin. But, I am being careful not to spend money in other areas unnecessarily because there is extra to spend. Although this is an exercise in discipline most of all, I will be counting my savings toward turning my room into a closet complete with spectacular shelving and organization options. Stay tuned. 

Have you ever done a no shopping challenge? If so, what were your rules and how did it turn out?

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  1. What a great idea and Sept 10 is the day my son is expected whoo hoooo I need to do that 90 day challenge of NOTHING but water, every now and again I sneak in some juice, coffee or Italian blood orange soda ☺

  2. Ahhh! Sept. 10th is a good day! That Water Challenge had me all over the place. LOL I'm glad I didn't give in though because I needed that reality check.

  3. I've never done a no shopping challenge, but I've gone month's at a time without buying shoes and clothes and just shopping my closet. It's very rewarding!! Wishing you much luck in sticking to your 90 days darling!

    1. That's exactly what I'm going to do -- edit and shop my closet. Thank you, lovie.

  4. I did it for Lent then as soon as I could shop again, I made up for lost time! This is a great challenge!!! Can't wait to see your closet!

  5. I'm excited for you! I've done a version of this when I felt like I just had so much excess.

  6. You can do it! That super duper closet will certainly give you the motivation. After 2 moves in recent years my grip on my wallet has tightened- even though most of my shopping is thrifting on dollar days lol. Even then I set a limit because it all adds up.

  7. I have never done a no shopping challenge, but I definitely need to. LOL! I've been actively trying to simplify my routines, my wardrobe, my everything...but even as I purge, I've been still buying and replacing things. It's a work in progress. I hope that following your journey will inspire me! :)

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