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.
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:
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.
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.
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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Overall this challenge went really well. It was a great reminder of just how versatile a wardrobe basic can be, especially something as simple as a plain white t-shirt. But before I review the outfits, a few of observations first.
Have you ever grabbed a white t-shirt and jeans, then wondered how to wear them?
I’m kicking off the fall season with a new wardrobe challenge—The Wardrobe Basics Challenge — The White T-Shirt. I enjoy wardrobe challenges because they keep my wardrobe feeling fresh and new, while also making sure that I “think outside the box” of my standard outfit formulas.
A white t-shirt is often cited as being one of the most versatile pieces of clothing to own. This challenge puts that theory to the test. Is a white t-shirt really as versatile as the experts say? And more importantly, is a white t-shirt really versatile for my personal wardrobe? Just because the experts say it’s good, doesn’t always mean that the item in question is the right choice for me.