2. FIGURE OUT WHY YOU SHOP
Jenny Mustard makes a connection between unhappiness and going shopping to make us feel better. Sometimes we feel a void in our lives and shopping becomes an activity to fill it. We’ve all had days when “retail therapy” was just what we needed, when in reality the root of our problems can’t be solved by shopping. I’ve always been a bit of a materialistic person and whenever I spent my money I needed something to show for it–something tangible. Shopping was also a hobby for me–you could even say it was a habit. On my days off work I would go to the mall because I didn’t know what else to do with my time. I’ve become more conscious of what I buy and ask myself why I want to buy it. Now I’m working towards saving my money for travel and experiences, rather than things.
5. GET CREATIVE
Being a fashion or beauty blogger and trying a no-spend challenge might seem like an impossible feat, but it enables you to get creative with the things you already have. I have to admit that I have received clothing from companies to style this month, which definitely helped my “I need new clothes!” mindset, but when I styled outfits and thought about how a new pair of jeans or shoes would look nice with it, I got creative and thought about how to style old pieces new ways. I do this same thing when I’m low on food in the kitchen and don’t feel like going to the grocery store. You’d be surprised what you can come up with and afterwards you have a sense of accomplishment!
7. YOU’LL SAVE MONEY
Okay, this is obvious, but after a whole month of no shopping you can look back and see how much money you saved. This is why I also recommend journaling or even blogging what you spend each month. It allows you to see where your money is going and to help you create a budget to reach your financial goals.
8. YOU’LL GAIN A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT
Now that my no spend month is almost over it’s amazing to look back and see what I’ve done with my time besides going to the mall or spending hours on ASOS. I explored my creativity, improved my photography, and pushed out a lot of content–especially over on my Instagram. This month has helped me work towards my blogging goals and I’m already seeing results in higher blog traffic and engagement (thanks you guys x)
I hope this post provided you with some useful information and maybe even inspiration to consider a no spend challenge yourself. I know it can seem daunting to go a whole month without shopping, but my biggest tip is that once you figure out why you shop and if it’s connected to an emotional issue in which you want to change, it’ll be much easier to consider. If a month is too much, start small and try a week.
Remember: you can only change if you really want to.
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