Shoeaholic No More



October 2014



Shopping Ban Plan

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3892725795_389f688a58_zAfter Friday’s revelation of how much I’ve spent on clothes, shoes, etc. so far this year, I’ve done some serious thinking. I want to thank all of you for not being to harsh in the comments, and giving some constructive criticism and ideas for ways to improve my awareness of my spending habits. All of the ideas were great! They gave me lots of things to think about implementing to help reduce my shopaholic tendencies 🙂

After reading the “rules” set by two blogger friends, Cait from Blonde on a Budget and Michelle from Budget Bloggess, and thinking extensively about my setting up my own “rules” to live by shop by, I’ve come up with this set of guidelines for my shopping ban:

Things I Can Buy

  • Life Necessities: groceries (but not junk food/unnecessary food), household goods (paper products, cleaning products, etc), personal care items/toiletries/cosmetics as needed for replacement only.
  • Pet expenses
  • Gifts for others
  • A select and specific few clothing/shoe/accessory items (strict criteria on what clothing items can be purchased TBA)

Things I Can’t Buy

  • Goods for stockpiling – I have a good size stockpile on several products already. I need to focus on using up some of these items so I can get better organized.
  • Clothing, Shoes, Accessories other than defined in the very short TBA list
  • Books, Office Supplies, Magazines, ect – I have TONS of these things already. I need to read and use what I own first.
  • New cosmetic or personal care items to “try”. I will only be buying replacements as needed for the products I already use.
  • Household Decor?? – I haven’t fully decided if this is allow yet or not. But if it is allowed, I anticipate that I won’t be purchasing much anyhow. However, candles and Scentsy-type products are definitely banned.

I think that just about sums it up as far as what is and is not allowed to be purchased.

How long will I be in this ban?

As of now, I am only planning to pan myself from buying these items until January 1st, 2015. At that time I will re-evaluate my progress and determine if the challenge needs to be extended.

What about things I really, really want?

Too bad, so sad. Other than asking my lovely family and friends to get them for me as Christmas gifts, I will not be getting these items. {Don’t worry, I’m really not that greedy. I won’t be asking for specific items as gifts. I only give suggestions if people ask me 😉 }

The goal in this challenge is to learn to stick to the basics, to trim up my budget, and to see what out of my belongings are actually being used. If not I’m constantly giving away, replacing, and bringing in new things, I believe it will be easier to see what I am actually using and what is clutter that can be gotten rid of.

During the challenge, I may have to change or add to the “rules”. I’ve never really attempted a shopping ban before, and as such I’m not entirely sure what I’m getting myself into. But irregardless, here we go!

Have you ever attempted a shopping ban? Am I overlooking anything glaringly obvious?

Photo courtesy of: Glen Scott


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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.


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