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January No Spend Challenge — Final Check-In and Recap

March 13, 2019

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Back in January I embarked on a no spend challenge. For the entire month of January, I tried to only shop for the essentials and nothing else. Except for one mishap early in the challenge (the first week, ack!), I’ve been able to stick to the challenge rules all the way until now. That’s 5 1/2 weeks longer than I originally planned to do the challenge!

I’d say that this challenge was a complete success.

I enjoy participating in wardrobe and spending challenges for multiple reasons.

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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

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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One Top For 3 Types Of Holiday Parties

December 5, 2018

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Gibson Glam Squad Shaeffer Lace Top

The holiday season is the perfect time of year for dressing up in something a little extra special. Three of the most common holiday parties I attend during the holiday season are for work, for friends, and for family, and each party has its own dress code.

While 3 different holiday parties is a great excuse to buy 3 different holiday outfits, I prefer to stretch my dollar further and buy only ONE top that I remix 3 different ways.

Shine, sparkle, and lace are all stylish options that look festive for the holiday season and can be remixed into different outfits. Here’s the 1 top I’m planning to style 3 different ways for the holidays.

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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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Update Your Fall Wardrobe In Two Simple Steps

August 31, 2018

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Gap Classic Bomber Jacket | Gap Textured Knit Tank Top | Gap High Rise Wide Straight Jeans | Gap Flat Mules

Back to school shopping is not just for children and young adults returning to school. Grown-ups who have already graduated from the classroom to a daily commute can also use this time of year to give their wardrobe a burst of fresh air and a jolt of new energy.

Updating a wardrobe doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, or require bags and bags of new clothes. You can update your fall wardrobe in two simple steps.

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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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How A Former Shopaholic Shopped The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

July 23, 2018

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Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is happening now until August 5th. For many people, including myself, this is one of, if not the biggest, sales of the year. What sets Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale apart from the rest, is that you are able to shop for the latest styles and trends at the start of the retail season, instead of at the end when retailers are looking to unload their stock.

Between the limited time frame, and the lure of owning something new, it is easy to become overwhelmed and get caught up in the shopping frenzy of this sale. Year after year I would walk away with bags filled with clothes that I wasn’t sure I needed, wanted, or even liked. All because I “had to grab it before it’s gone.” This was followed up with one trip to the mall after another, as I returned more and more and more, until I was left with barely a fraction of what I originally purchased.

But not anymore.

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