I have never participated in a shopping ban before, but I think I’m going to start one now.
What brings this on? I want to increase our savings rate AND I just did a little bit of a January wardrobe refresh to the tune of… well, more than I want to say here. So that’s saying something! About half of the purchases were boring & necessary replacement of work wardrobe essentials, and the rest was just some fun stuff.
Here’s the rules:
- No new clothes until I’ve worn (or donated) everything in my closet (excluding formal dresses & business suits) – credit to Paranoid Asteroid for the idea!
- Personal care items are limited as well. Allowed haircuts, replacement cosmetics only, and general grooming upkeep (occasional eyebrows and nail clean up)… but no gel manicures, no fun new make-ups, etc. This isn’t a usually a big deal for me, but I don’t want to cut one area only to ramp up another.
That’s it. We are trying to cut back on eating out as well, but no specific rules on that yet.
To keep things more fun, I’ve also been taking daily photos of my outfits. If I do it right, I should end up with a photo of everything I own! These are for private use only – sorry guys! (Not that I really think anyone is disappointed!) It not only gives me a glance at my wardrobe, but it also lets me see how crappy my hair looks and such. I’m hoping this will help me to improve. 🙂 But really, I promise, I’m booking a trim tomorrow!
Have you done shopping bans? Do you find them effective? Or do you just budget carefully year round with no need to ban?