November 26, 2016

Yesterday, November 25, marked the end of my self-imposed 60-day shopping ban and I am very proud to say that I did it! Not an easy feat but something I am very proud of. It feels so good to be able to start something and actually finish it. Especially because I’m a procrastinator and I get frustrated easily. I had some ups and downs throughout almost two months of restricting myself to buy things I do not need. I feel so accomplished! I broke my promise once though, here’s why and how. (RELATED: AduIting 101: 60-day Shopping Ban)

When I went out with two of my closest college friends, I was just a week into putting myself in a shopping ban. They were even teasing me how I wouldn’t last so long. We checked out H&M and Forever21 because Gau was looking for a denim jacket, and I was browsing through their sale items and I saw a dress and a shoe that I could use for our Halloween party. I consulted my friends and they said that I should buy it since it doesn’t really cost much anyway. So… I DID. I am so sorry. Lol. In my defense though, I was the one who set up the dress code without knowing I didn’t have anything in my closet that I can utilize to fit the requirements. Another thing is that, I was able to wear the items again after the party so I think it’s a good deal. (Lol, reasons) Anyway, I thought I would just stop going through the challenge then because I already broke my rule but I thought, this time I wouldn’t buy anything anymore because I don’t have any parties lined up to dress up for anyway. So I went through it and just decided to forgive that one time. ๐Ÿ˜€

Remember in my post I said I had exceptions? I was only able to use those exceptions twice. Yay! First was when I brought skincare stuff for my Drug Store Skin Care Routineย because the one I was currently using from Soul already ran out. The other one was when I bought a parka as a birthday gift for Tim. Unfortunately though, it didn’t fit him. ๐Ÿ™ So I figured I’ll just give it to my brother as my Christmas gift to him. If he doesn’t like it, I might just sell it on my IG shop. ๐Ÿ˜›

Outcome: I didn’t save anything BUT that’s because I’m also not earning. I was just able to not spend as much as I used to. I guess, in a way, I just maintained my current bank account balance. Lol. I think this would really have an impact/effect when I’m earning money or if I’m being given a regular allowance (like when I was still a studying). Which is whyย I am still going to continue my shopping ban with the same restrictions and exceptions. Although, as a little gift for myself for my birthday (it’s on the 29th! ๐Ÿ˜€ ) I decided to buy two things: mom jeans (which I have been longing for for such a long time now) and culottes (so I have something to wear for my birthday, so I hope it gets delivered on time). And I think I will have to buy something to wear for Christmas and New Year so that’s a new exception, aaandย if I get a job I might have to buy a few corporate pieces so that’s another.

All in all, I can now finally come out of a store with a huge sale and come out empty handed. I like to think I was able to really discipline myself. There were times that I almost wanted to give up and disregard this challenge but always told myself to sleep on it, and I would wake up and decide to keep on going. I actually made a list of the things that I saw that I was going to buy after 60 days but now that it’s over, I find myself not wanting to buy them anymore. I saved myself from a lot of unnecessary purchases and was able to work around the clothes I currently own more.

I’m really proud of myself for doing this and I hope as more time goes on, I would learn how to live with less and less clutter. I really can’t believe I did it!! What are other money saving tips can you recommend me? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Reply Richel V. November 26, 2016 at 11:59 am

    First off, CONGRATS!! I think I lasted three months at the start of this year. You’ll surely see the difference if you’re earning na! I saved tons. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Pia November 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks, Richel! I read your blogs about saving up and OMG I admire you so much. Yeah, I think it will make a huge difference when I’m earning but I guess the best thing about I learned now is full self-control. Lol.

  • Reply Wandering Ella November 28, 2016 at 2:34 am

    Congrats!!! I’ve been on a clothes shopping ban ever since I became a mom! Walang extra budget! LOL. But I can’t ban myself from buying skincare products because they’re a must!!! Hahaha.

    xo, Wandering Ella

    • Reply Pia November 28, 2016 at 6:44 am

      Thanks, Ella! My mother said na when we were younger she would rather shop clothes for us than for herself, but now that we’re all grown up, she’s shopping like crazy na. HAHA. And yes, skincare is one of the priorities talaga! ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Reply Kai December 2, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Congratulations, you did it! I don’t have skin care product except the Tawas Soap you could buy from Kultura. I’m still halfway to my 60-day shopping ban (craft materials).


    • Reply Pia December 3, 2016 at 6:33 am

      Thanks, Kai! Is the Tawas Soap good? I’m always on the look out for good homegrown skincare stuff. ๐Ÿ˜€ Good luck on you shopping ban! <3

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