30 Days No Shopping Challenge

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Stop press: I have decided to join the fabulous Fashion Huntress on the 30 Days No Shopping Challenge. A daunting prospect for someone like me who is prone to a few weekly purchases, but now seems like the ideal time to embark on a challenge like this:

  • We’re in the middle of school holidays and the thought of going shopping with three kids in tow is quite frankly unappealing.
  • I definitely don’t need any more summer clothes.
  • I have already bought a few pieces for Autumn/Winter (remember those knits?) and the rest can wait until September/October when I have a better idea of what I need.
  • Hopefully it will save me some money that I can put towards my A/W wardrobe!

So, if any of you want to join me on the challenge, the rules are pretty simple: No shopping, unless it is for essentials, for one month.

Things that qualify as essentials in my book:

  • Groceries
  • Basic toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant. Frivolous items like make-up, perfume and hairstyling products are not included (no matter how cute the packaging or how many enthusing reviews of said item by my favourite beauty bloggers)
  • Things for the kids, such as school uniforms and other essentials (e.g new shoes, underwear etc). It does not include the sparkly pink magazines that Clemmie is seemingly addicted too (she is her mother’s girl that’s for sure!) or more Rainbow Loom bands for the boys.
  • Our holiday will take place during these 30 days so obviously there will be extra spending such as entry to theme parks, ice creams, eating out etc which I will also include as essentials. I think it is OK to spend money on things that count as experiences but not on useless tat to bring home.

What do you think? Will I be able to stick to it? And, more importantly, will you join me?

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21 thoughts on “30 Days No Shopping Challenge

  1. I LOVE THIS! I have the exact same rules, so I’m definitely in! Ughhhhhh, it’s hard! I’m also prone to a few purchases a week…and I wanted to cave-in today, but I did not! I have been saving money though, and I’m proud of my will power thus far. Keep us posted on how it goes!!!

  2. I’m all in. My goal is actually until the end of September. No Shoes or Clothes. So far I’m up to about 8 days. Last time I tried this I rationalized out that shopping at Ross didn’t count and bought some pants I ended up throwing out and a pair of $16 Calvin Klein Shoes. This time Ross isn’t even allowed. Good Luck on your challenge! I could sure use some luck. I’m so bad, I actually skip the food sometimes and buy new kicks. Then search the office or various parties for scraps of food. LOL .. buy not really laughing.

    • Oh dear. I used to do the same when I was a student, survive on pasta and broccoli for weeks on end as it was cheap. Can’t so that now with three kids! If I manage a month, I may extend the shopping ban until the end of September as well. Good luck to us both!!

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