This wasn’t a post planned in my content calendar but it seemed quite apt as the first one of 2017!
Last month, one of my best friends, Megan, and I decided that we wanted to do a January spending ban. A tough feat by all accounts, and on, now DAY 2, it’s proving incredibly difficult. Yes… that is the true extent of my problem.
I don’t know if anyone will agree or even possibly take the piss out of this, but to honour my NY goals – IDGAF; shopping gives me genuine JOY. Whether it be online or in store, I find it exhilarating being able to add my card details to the pay form, clicking ‘PURCHASE’ and having it arrive a few days later. Admit it, you guys – you feel the s a m e.
And with that… there goes thousands of pounds that I spend so frivolously and it builds up and up until I count exactly what it is that I’ve bought (food included) and it amounts to nothing, really. If I was able to have money spare at the end of the month, it would be a bloody miracle, but I’ve found that I physically cannot go into town just to window shop; I ALWAYS come back with something, otherwise it’s completely pointless to me. Recently, I’ve also started getting MAJOR buyer’s guilt, and I know it’s partly because we’re buying our first house this year. It’s etching ever closer and if I don’t get my spending in order, I am in for one hell of a ride.
It seems so silly really, in the grand scheme of things. I got so many lovely gifts on Christmas Day, yet I was up early on Boxing Day, scrolling through all the sales (and I definitely bought stuff too), and then it hit me. I felt so ungrateful for what I’d been given, like it wasn’t good enough so I had to continue to spend spend spend until I felt satisfied. Now I’m not saying everyone feels like this, if you want to treat yourself then you do you gurl, but it was just a personal feeling.
With that being said, I wanted this to be a start of something. I am INCREDIBLY stubborn, and of all the people to know this it’s my boyfriend Adam who will, lovingly might I add, tell me that I won’t do something just to encourage me to do it, because he knows I hate proving people right about negative aspects about myself. So… I’m gonna prove him wrong.
I’m going to get through this JAN BAN without any frivolous spending.
I’m going to use it as a catalyst to really think about what I need to spend my money on.
I’m going to make outfits with what I already have, not just to post about, but because it’s a necessary piece in my wardrobe.
And I’m going to have money left over at the end of each month, as a result.
Now, wish this complete and utter shopaholic good luck.