Yep you read that right, I am pledging not to shop (for clothing) for one month. Thirty whole days!!!!! I type this with equal parts excitement and terror.
My last 30 X 30 challenge was a lot of fun, but since I really didn’t cut off my shopping, it wasn’t much of a challenge. So what is different this time? Well, my shopping habit has been a little excessive as of late. And I recently read this article on money management. I really want to make saving and responsible spending more of a priority in my life.
I think my shopping habit gets out of hand at times because of my issues with immediacy. Patience is not one of my virtues. This can work to my advantage (when I set my mind to something there is no stopping me), but it can also work against me, especially when it comes to purchasing and eating. For some reason I think if I don’t buy that top now or eat all of the cookies, they won’t be there when I return. This of course is not true. Even if the item I had my eye on does sell out, it is not the end of the world! I will live without that new shirt.
So I think forcing myself to abstain from shopping for thirty days will help me to realize that acquiring a new item of clothing isn’t that important, being more financially responsible is! Now, I am not delusional, I know this will be hard. For me fashion and shopping are fun hobbies and one of my main sources of stress relief. To help me through the next month, I am planning another 30 X 30 wardrobe challenge and every time I have the desire to shop, I am going to go for a run (ambitious to say the least)!
Since my birthday is this week, I plan on starting the challenge Monday, February 17th. I am already worried lol. Otherwise the same rules of my last challenge will apply – I can only wear thirty articles of clothing for thirty days.
I’ll post the thirty items I am picking for this challenge soon! Wish me luck! Anybody interested in joining me in not shopping for a month?