If you read this post a few weeks back, you’ll remember I outlined my April shopping ban. Although I didn’t do a great job, I still think it’s necessary to recap the month and be transparent about what went down…
For the first week of the month, I was going through a stressful time, and while shopping is often a great distraction (hello, retail therapy!), I just didn’t miss it! Maybe it was because I had a lot of other stuff going on, but popping into stores or shopping online just didn’t appeal to me. “This is going to be so easy,” I thought. I also was trying to save up as much extra money as possible for my Seattle trip, and I’m glad I did, because I was able to enjoy myself while I was there without worrying too much about all the dinners out, $ spent on wine tastings and Uber rides, and the like. When I came back from Seattle, I still hadn’t bought anything (except for a little souvenir map, but I don’t know if that even really counts) and was feeling good.
The second half of the month was a different story. I realized how hard it is to go cold turkey and have a lot of respect for people who are able to do so! I still wanted to purchase a few things but tried to switch my focus to shopping and spending more mindfully. Rather than buying lots of little items because they were on sale, why not focus on saving for a larger, more special purchase? I still don’t think I mastered the art of mindful shopping completely (I mean, J.Crew was having an awesome sale and how could I say no to flannel shirts for roughly $5 PLUS free shipping?!), but I think it’s an ok outlook to have.
Am I disappointed in myself for not making it through the whole month? Yes. Am I happy that I managed to follow the ban for a chunk of time? Sure. Do I think it’s possible to go without shopping for a month? Yes, but it requires willpower (more willpower than I possess, for sure). Would I try this again? Yeah, why not. People start and stop diets all the time, because it can take awhile to get into the swing of things. Depriving oneself completely isn’t always the best method. Everything in moderation can be a much better approach. But the key is to actually practice moderation. While those J.Crew shirts were a steal, I didn’t actually need them, but the price point made it hard to say no.
Have you done a ban like this? Any tips are much appreciated should I try (and hopefully succeed at) this again in the future.