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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11 comments

  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 ☺

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  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.

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  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!

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

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  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!

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

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  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.

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  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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