In 2015, I’m planning on going on a bit of an American road trip with some friends. I’ve wanted to travel for ages, and now I actually have something to aim for, I really do want to start saving for it. I’m also moving house (again!) at the end of January, and every time I think about moving house I realise how much ‘stuff’ I own. So, with both of these thoughts in mind, I’m taking on a spending ban challenge – with a slight twist.
The rule for my spending ban is incredibly simple - I can only buy new clothes and beauty products with money I've made selling things I already own (excluding ‘essential’ purchases, e.g toothpaste, shampoo etc, as long as I don’t have backups of those already, which I probably do). It’s less restrictive than shouting at myself that I can’t have anything new at all, and it’ll make me think more about what I buy, what I already have, and what I don’t use. I’m planning on sticking to it until my birthday, April 1st, but I’m also hoping it will change my attitude to spending and hoarding.
I feel sometimes that blogging is quite the ‘enabler’, that I always need new things to write about. But a lot of the blogs I admire most aren’t focused on the new must-have expensive foundation; more outlets for expression, which I intend to do more of. It might not gain me hundreds of new followers by being first to review the latest must-haves, but that’s never what I intended this blog to be. As well as being able to sell things, I’m also going to get back into entering competitions – I used to enter a lot and had quite regular wins, which actually felt more exciting than just going out and buying something.
I’ll be blogging about my spending ban with a twist, and if anyone else fancies joining in let me know! I’d also love to hear if you’ve done a spending ban yourself, how you found the experience.
Wish me luck!