Post # 1
I was out to dinner for New Years with some friends, and the girls started talking about holiday gifts and how, while we appreciate the gesture, there is absolutely nothing we need. We all agreed that we have every last piece of clothing, shoes, jewelry, makeup..etc and our closets and drawers are filled.
So we made a pact to not buy anything for ourselves for 3 months! It’s going to be a little difficult because I’m a “bored shopper” and when work is slow, especially in winter, I take lunch breaks at the mall. But I’m committed, and excited to see my credit card bill over the next 3 months!
Has anyone else done something similar? Were you able to stick with it??
Post # 3
Shopping has never been my thing, but GOOD LUCK!
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
In the lead-up to the wedding I was shopping a lot, but none of it was me-related. It was wedding, wedding, and more wedding. So I probably did go 3+ months without buying stuff for me, but I still got my shopping fix by buying wedding ish. 🙂 If I had to go truly cold turkey, I would probably implode!
Post # 5
I might have to try this with you!! Im getting ready to student teach in a few weeks and that means no more working so that equals no money!! I end up doing shopping online when I’m bored. I guess I could always come onto the bee more instead of shopping online!! 🙂
Post # 6
I’m trying to do this as well! Only essentials for the next 3 months, that includes eating out!
It shouldn’t be too hard unless for some reason I loose like 50lbs suddenly and need to buy new clothes! It’s the eating out that is hard for me!
Post # 7
My Fiance and I are paying for our honeymoon AND still saving money to buy a home (have been saving since before we got engaged). Anyways, in order to get a good downpayment ready for August AND to go on a honeymoon we want, we are doing the “$20 challenge” like we have in the past. That means that every week we only keep $20 in our wallet and besides groceries and gas, that’s all we have to spend. If we spend it, then we don’t get a treat. If we save it, then on the weekend we take one $20 and either save it for something fun or go out for dinner (pizza, fast food, or save up for something nicer).
It’s just about the only way we can REALLY do well at saving like crazy! The last time we did it we stuck at it for close to 6 months.
Post # 8
this sounds like a great idea, because i feel the sme way. I have everything I need, but always buy new things to update. I’m still making purchases for the wedding and that is helping me to not buy other things because I need all the money I have for the wedding stuff. You know what I really keep buying lately, clothes for the honeymoon. I bought a dress yesterday that I got a good deal on (original 50 and I got it for 20)and on my drive home was thinking okay after this I really don’t need anything else new for the honeymoon. I should have enough clothes that I can make outfits work. so I am going to try this too!
Post # 9
I’m a shopping addict. I had to give up shopping this past year to save for our wedding. But some how I still got upgraded on my Bloomingdales store card….oh the mysteries. My story is my mom used my card a lot and I’m sticking to it! What I’m trying to say is….GOOD LUCK!!!!
Post # 10
I’m trying to not really buy anything either for a while, but I always fail cause I’ll come across some unbeatable deal and just *have* to buy it. For example, I just got 3 large yankee candle jars cause they were only $7 each… I just couldnt pass it up. Then I just picked up a new set of ornaments cause I really dont like what we have and spent like $40, but they were over 75% off.
Post # 11
@takemyhand: That’s actually a REALLY good idea — I think I may try to implement this for Fiance & I 🙂
Post # 12
I’m thinking about doing something similar. I’m not engaged yet, but SO and I have talked about what we can afford. I’m definetly going to have to put my shopping on the back burner. This won’t be too hard as its for something I really want (the wedding) plus I’ll be able to shop for wedding stuff 🙂 good luck!!
Post # 13
Thanks for the advice and encouragement, ladies!
@pinkshoes:I have the same problem! I’m a sucker for a good deal. But I just have to keep reminding myself that it’s not a good deal if you don’t need it!
Post # 14
@seahorsey: It’s our challenge against each other. And head’s up… it is really, REALLY hard to explain where that $20 and why you STILL deserve pizza when you spent $1 on coffee cause you were too lazy to wash your re-usable cup hehe! I have tried making budgets and setting out jars and using envelopes, but this seems to work the best. Good luck if you try it!
Post # 15
@takemyhand: I like this, and I think I’m going to try it this week! Starting now!
Post # 16
I never shop! Darling Husband and are really frugal and we never shop or eat out 🙂 I still love to grocery shop, however! Good luck, it feels good to liberated from being a consumer.