Shopping Ban, part 2
My friend bought some compression tights before we ran the marathon. She raved about them. I want some too! I’ve been interested for a long time, but they are ridiculously expensive for exercise clothes, so I’ve fought the “i want it!” voice for a long time. It is approximately 70 dollars to buy what I want. In the grand scheme of my life $70 is not a big deal. However, if you apply to every $70 purchase, it does turn out to be kind of a big deal!
My natural inclination is to search for the best deal, then buy them now. I’m trying to reset my natural inclination to be more like the broke student I once was. Therefore, I’m doing another shopping ban for April and May. My original plan was to go 70 days without buying anything unnecessary, then allow myself the $70 purchase. However, I’m running a half marathon in mid-May, so I’ll probably buy them in advance of the race, then I’ll continue on the ban until June. (Yes, I’m getting the reward before the ban is over – it’s my fuzzy logic, and I like it.)
- replace my facial cleanser
- replace my foundation
- socks, underwear, and one pair of Target quality leggings
- a bread knife
- moderate entertainment: streaming movies, dinners/plans with husband/friends, etc.
- trip to the mountains in April
- a haircut
We are still allowed to eat out, but as usual, I’m always trying to be reasonable in that category. So clearly, I’m targeting clothing, but also other “wants” that aren’t clothing. Such as iPads. 🙂 I still may get one, but I’m going to wait until at least June 1st. My current strategy is to try to win one through a drawing at work, but that is a long shot!
An astute reader may ask, “Wait, aren’t you already doing a shopping ban?”
Good point. Yes. I was. It lasted about 6 weeks, then I got a few things. Still, when I buy my clothing in less frequently, I’m more intentional about it. It gives me time to think about what I most often am wishing I had in my wardrobe. The point isn’t just about spending less money, it’s about spending the money on the right things. A professional wardrobe is helpful in my workplace for presenting a good image, but I have to be smart about it.
Are you doing a shopping ban this year? Do you find them useful? And shopping bans aside, do you wear compression gear for workouts?