Shoeaholic No More



July 2015



Shopping Ban: Take 2

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It's time for take 2 of my shopping ban! Curious about how a shopping ban works? Check it out @shoeaholicnomoreLast fall I made my first attempt at a shopping ban and it didn’t go well at all. I gave in nearly before I’d even started. After a lot of self-reflection, budget evaluation, and impending life changes, I’ve decided to give a shopping ban another go – from now until the end of 2015.

Earlier this year I decided to try a capsule wardrobe experiment and so far, I’m loving it! When I created my first capsule wardrobe for this summer I didn’t buy anything to complete my wardrobe. I also didn’t do any shopping for the 3 months I’ve been on the capsule wardrobe as I’m limited to sticking to my 38 items.

When I started my summer capsule I knew I wanted to try this experiment for at least a year before deciding if it was for me or not and so I could see if it really helped me curb my shopping and spending. This means I still have to complete at 3 month fall capsule wardrobe, a 3 month winter capsule wardrobe, and a 3 month spring capsule wardrobe before my year is up.

I’m up for the challenge, but I knew I’d need to buy a couple of things to create my fall capsule wardrobe. For example, I’ve worn my brown riding boots nearly through the sole. Because I have such a hard time finding boots to fit my legs properly, I’m going to look for a new pair when the fall stuff hits stores this year rather than waiting until my pair is worn completely through the sole.

Anyhow, I think this capsule wardrobe experiment will aide me in my second attempt at a shopping ban. I plan to begin my shopping ban right away, with the exception of a couple items listed below.

Here’s What I’m NOT Allowed to Buy:

  • Clothes, Shoes, and Accessories – I plan to make my winter capsule wardrobe out of items I already own. If I feel that I need to buy something for my capsule, I will seek your opinions first.
  • Beauty Products – I can only buy something if I run out.
  • Books, Magazines, etc. – The only book allowed is if my book club’s selection is not available at the library.
  • Candles, Scentsy, etc.

Basically, I’m not going to be buying anything except the necessities. If I feel an exception needs to be made for a non-emergency, I will seek your opinions first.

Exceptions to the Shopping Ban:

  • Brown riding boots – If I can find a pair I like and that fits well, I’m going to buy them.
  • Black leather leggings – ?? Maybe. I’ve wanted a pair for years and my black leggings are wearing thin. I might get a pair for winter. If so, this will be the only purchase for my winter capsule wardrobe.
  • 1 Piece of Jewelry at my friend T’s party. Are you reading this T? You made the exception list 🙂
  • Gifts for others.

Enough said.

Will you be attempting a shopping ban? Join in with me and we can keep each other accountable!

It's time for take 2 of my shopping ban! Curious about how a shopping ban works? Check it out @shoeaholicnomore

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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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