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The Habits That Break A Shopping Ban

February 8, 2019

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A few things to think about when you’re participating in a no shopping challenge.

Imposing a shopping ban is a popular endeavor, especially if you’re struggling with shopping too often and owing too many clothes that you do not wear. Participating in a period of “no shopping” may even enable you to change your shopping mindset.

However, no shopping challenges can be fraught with obstacles that interfere with your success. I’ve participated in numerous shopping challenges over the years, and today I’m going to discuss some of the factors that I’ve noticed can wreak havoc with a person’s non-shopping goals, and how to overcome them.

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January No Spend Challenge — Four Week Check-In

January 28, 2019

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I’m heading into the fourth and final week of the January No Spend Challenge, where for the month of January I’m trying to only shop for the essentials and nothing else. For the rules of the challenge, check out this post.

Week three was rather uneventful, in fact, I didn’t even do a check-in because nothing happened. But now that I’m at the home stretch, and have only a few days left until I can shop, the temptation to do so is stronger than ever. Everywhere I look I feel like there’s something on sale that I want to buy.

The things I did in week three worked very well and I plan to continue these activities to get me through week four:

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January No Spend Challenge — Two Week Check-In

January 18, 2019

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I’m on week 2 of the January No Spend Challenge, where for the month of January I’m trying to only shop for the essentials and nothing else. For the rules of the challenge, check out this post.

I’m happy to report that for week 2, I did not shop for anything that was non-essential. However, I have noticed that my desire to shop, has increased quite a bit. It’s the middle of January, and my area is in the heart of the winter season, which means it is also the middle of sweater weather, my favorite time of year. With the stores clearing out their winter collections, sweaters are on sale, sometimes at deep, deep discounts, which makes resisting the urge to shop, that much harder to do.

Thankfully, I have a quick and easy way to stop this urge before it can manifest and wreck my participation in the no spend challenge.

What did I do?

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January No Spend Challenge — One Week Check-In

January 9, 2019

For the month of January I’m doing a no spend challenge. For the entire month, I’m trying to only shop for the essentials and nothing else. For the rules of the challenge, check out this post.

Here’s how I did for the first week.

I’ve mostly been able to stick to my goal of only shopping for the essentials, except for last Saturday when I got my hair done. I’d actually forgotten about the appointment until the salon called to confirm, and I almost canceled it, because haircuts don’t fit under the rules of the challenge.

But I didn’t.

Why?

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January No Spend Challenge

January 2, 2019

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Now that the holiday season is over and the new year is here, January is the perfect time to embark on a no-spend challenge. By allowing yourself to take a break from shopping and spending, you give both your wallet and your impulse drives a chance to reset themselves. Not shopping for one month forces you to use what you have, instead of focusing on what you want to buy.

The rules for a no-spend challenge are very simple. For one month (a mere 31-days for the month of January) you simply don’t buy anything that isn’t necessary for you to live.

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Merry Shop-mas Or Merry Christ-mas?

December 21, 2018

“Unique gift ideas.”

“Personalized gift ideas.”

“Thoughtful gift ideas.”

With Christmas only a few days away, both stores and bloggers are pushing their last minute gift ideas with a feverish passion.

In turn, the pressure to buy the perfect gift can send one’s stress levels skyrocketing to the top.

Especially if you’re a last minute shopper.

The tradition of giving gifts at Christmas is an old one. Depending on whom you ask, you may hear that is first began with pagan rituals held during the winter, or during the winter solstice in ancient Rome, or from the the Christianity custom associated with the day of Jesus’s birth.

Regardless of why you exchange gifts during the holiday season, it’s important to remember one thing above all else.

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Holiday Shopping Tips To Keep You On Budget

November 23, 2018

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Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is often considered the start of the Christmas shopping season. It can be easy to become overwhelmed, with what to buy, when the stores are shouting “sale, sale, sale” everyday from now til December 25.

Here are a few tips to help keep you focused and on budget when shopping this holiday season:

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Stop Impulse Shopping Fast — 4 Questions To Ask Yourself, Before You Buy

October 25, 2018

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Making unplanned purchases—impulse shopping—is one of the areas that a shopaholic struggles to contain every single day. It’s also the apple in the eye of business owners and marketers.

Impulse buying is an important sales driver of businesses and they spend a lot of time and money to make sure consumers that enter their brick and mortar stores, or online websites, do exactly that. Free shipping, sales and promotions, well designed websites, and mobile optimization are all methods employed to encourage consumers to buy something.

With so many methods carefully crafted to get you to buy, buy, buy, how do you stop yourself from making an impulse purchase when you are in the heat of the moment?

Here are 4 questions to ask yourself:

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Small Wardrobe Victories

August 13, 2018

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My 1 pair of sandals for summer | Rockport Gabby Lace Up Sandal in Taupe

When you’re a shopaholic who is trying to change your habits and behavior, the end goal of being able to shop smarter may seem years and year away. And this may be true. For someone who has to battle decades of out of control behavior, this change is not going to happen over night.

Setbacks can and do occur as one walks along the path of a life shaping change. That’s why it is so important to set not only a goal for your final destination—stop excessive shopping—but to also set smaller goals along the way. Goal setting allows you to have both a long-term vision, and a short-term destination. Through effective goal setting, you can focus on the things you want to change in smaller bite sized chunks.

One thing that goes hand-in-hand with goal setting, is celebrating small victories for your wardrobe. If you are struggling to measure your success, perhaps some of my goals will jumpstart your thinking.

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5 Fashion Resolutions To Make In 2018

January 3, 2018

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Resolutions don’t have to be something that you make at the start of the new year and then it falls by the wayside in a month. Instead, pick a resolution that can have a positive impact on your wardrobe so that you can enjoy it for the entire year.

Get out of a wardrobe rut and inject a little fun into your personal style with one of these 5 fashion resolutions to make in 2018.

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