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Shopping ban update

Books arranged by colour, originally uploaded by missshowers.

As you know, I’m on a shopping ban from the end of July until Christmas, which I have already broken (boo!). But I’m back on the wagon and it’s going reasonably well.

I had a little bit of a wobble last Saturday, when I felt an overwhelming urge to visit the charity shops. It’s what I used to do every weekend, so it’s a difficult habit to break. Plus, I was donating some stuff, so I had to go into one of them anyway. In the end I managed to resist by 1. channelling my Saturday afternoon ennui into some good old fashioned exercise in the shape of a long cycle ride and 2. buying a ball of yarn for 50p in the charity shop where I donated. Yarn is not covered by the ban, so it’s ok.

It has been good for me though, I have saved a bit of money, it’s not much, but it all adds up. I’ve had a really busy month August socially, and have managed (just) not to go overdrawn. Dave and I have also been able to buy some new art for our bedroom, which makes me happy every morning. But the biggest difference has been time. Time that I would otherwise have spent trawling the shops is used for crafting, which is evidenced by the fact that I finally have added some more stuff to the etsy shop after months of complete silence. And I have got round to fixing most of my ‘mending’ pile of clothes. The challenge will be to keep this going once I’m thrifting again. It’s also been good for my wardrobe space, because while I haven’t bought anything new, I have persisted with donating something ever couple of weeks, and I’m now (almost) at the stage where I have free hangers.

One problem is that I obviously have a deeper seated desire for consumption than I thought and have been channelling this away from second-hand clothes into much much more expensive things. I haven’t actually bought anything yet, but I will be getting a new ipod at Christmas (I do actually need it, honest!), and am seriously considering a new phone and camera too. Not particularly helpful. I have also started planning what I will be buying on the day when I go into the high street shops in January. I am thinking I will focus on updating my work wardrobe, and by the time that comes round, I’ll have a proper shortlist of items. But that’s another story!

Have a lovely weekend all!


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  • Andi B. Goode 11 September 2009, 2:16 pm

    You're a stronger woman than I – I couldn't even go a week. =\
    -Andi x

  • Pansy 11 September 2009, 3:39 pm

    Oh man I think books arranged by color are so pretty, but my crazy organization desires won't let me do it! I'd never find anything.

    You are super strong for not shopping! I think after my recent massive haul I need to chill with it for a bit. I bought some much needed tights and then that's all for a while!

    I think I'm getting a new ipod for christmas too! I'm out of space and desperately need to upgrade before my poor ipod (Frank) gives up on me. I'm so impressed that it's lasted several years with how roughly I handle it, haha.

  • jayne 11 September 2009, 4:19 pm

    oh god the exact opposite is happening for me, I seem to be spending a dangerous amount of money this past week gah!

  • Sal 11 September 2009, 4:38 pm

    I had the same experience when I did my shopping ban. Whatever wasn't on the "no-no" list got snapped right up. But it was kind of nice to acquire some stuff that WASN'T clothing …

  • avintagespirit (Lizzy) 11 September 2009, 6:38 pm

    Better luck with your shopping ban, I haven't done one though I really should now, but I'm sure it would be really hard for me as well!
    I'm glad that you have saved a little bit so far 🙂

  • Eyeliah 11 September 2009, 9:13 pm

    Good job, I am impressed. Cleaning out the coset and fixing the things that need a light mending are good ways to lessen the need to shop.

  • ana b. 11 September 2009, 10:11 pm

    O I feel for you, I truly do! I have to have shopping bans when I am saving up for a trip away and it is a kind of miserable time. Which is ridiculous right? I love how you said you realised you had a much deeper-seated desire to consume than you had thought. YES! Me too. And it's so disappointing to realise that 🙁

    Anyway, stay well! Good luck. And only 104 days till Christmas anyway.

  • laura 12 September 2009, 5:13 pm

    hört sich wirklich gut an – ich plane, auch sowas zu starten. habe nämlich noch riesige stoffberge und haufen von dingen, die ich gern umarbeiten würde… und kein geld. (;