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. 😀
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 Routine 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. 🙁 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. 😛
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 why 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! 😀 ) 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, aaand 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? 🙂