Shopping Fast: August Report

Note: I started my self-imposed shopping ban on January 1, 2014. I made it official online through this post, and called it a “shopping fast.” I also shared there the reasons why I took the challenge and laid down some rules to guide me while on it.

Shopping Fast: January Report
Shopping Fast: February Report
Shopping Fast: March Report
Shopping Fast: April Report
Shopping Fast: May Report
Shopping Fast: June Report
Shopping Fast: July Report

Hello, September! I can’t believe I’m just three months away from finishing this no-shopping challenge! :)

I don’t have much to say except this, “oops I did it again!” Haha. Sorry friends, I’m just so happy while writing this post I even want to cry! Not to sound melodramatic, but, I really feel (a bit) proud of myself for having banned shopping since January 2014.

Last month, I was able to resist shopping again and I didn’t have a hard time doing it. I focused on just appreciating every nice item I saw in the mall as I walked past the shops there. That was all I did. And of course, applying some level of discipline. Also, I think I got preoccupied in improving the state of our finances and learning more about growing our money that the thought of shopping didn’t enter my mind at all. So you see, shifting my mind’s focus from one thing to another proved to be a wise move for me.

As for the acquisition thing, I did receive some new stuff from a dear friend when she visited me two weekends ago. Maybe this was the universe’s way of rewarding my efforts. Or I just got lucky. Whatever that meant, I was thankful for the blessing. I’ll just think of what I’ll do with my excesses when I become more serious about adopting a minimalist lifestyle (now that sounds exciting!).

I hope this month of September will again be as easy peasy as the past months have been. I’ll definitely find out next month.

‘Till my next shopping report, friends! :)

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11 Responses to Shopping Fast: August Report

  1. TPS says:

    Gusto ko rin eto. For years, I’ve been struggling with lessening my purchases and detaching myself from material things; of course the latter is a bit harder, being a hoarder and a pack rat. Are there any tips that you can give me aside from the obvious, ie, not purchasing? How can I deal with the “itch” to buy?

    • lifein says:

      I think what drives me not to shop, aside from being able to save money which could help our finances greatly, is my new perspective when it comes to material things. They don’t appeal so much to me now as they did before. I dunno, it must be because I’m trying to live a simple life now. I also realized I still have many stuff at home that are left untouched, some of them I had even completely forgotten about. I’m using them one by one now and giving them the attention they deserve. I still get the “itch” to buy nice stuff every now and then, but I just ignore it and remind myself to take it slow and be happy and content with what I have at present. I guess we just tend to forget that we already have enough material things (sometimes even more than enough!) that acquiring new ones isn’t really necessary. :)

      P. S. Pasensya na napahaba ang sagot ko nacarried away ako, haha.

      • TPS says:

        Thank you so much for the reply. I really appreciate it. Sinabi mo pa yang maraming things na di pa nagagamit. Sa cosmetics pa lang, ang dami na — as if namang nag-me-makeup ako eh work from home ako. Hahahaha! There’s this mall kasi dito sa Dumaguete that sells low-priced high-quality items and kung minsan, di ko matiis di bumili. I just take consolation on the fact na binebenta ko rin naman sa Ebay ang karamihan. Teka, mega explain talaga ako. Sya, punta na lang ako sa presinto para magpaliwanag. Hehehehe. Thank you, E!

  2. Diane says:

    Oh my! Ang galing mo!!!! Sinabi ko na ‘to sa sarili ko, gagawin ko… ayun hanggang dun lang ahahahaha Pede naman ako humabol, until December lang hihihi

    • lifein says:

      Hehe, salamat Diane! Oo naman pwede pa at kaya mo yan, ako nga hanggang November lang ang shopping fast kasi gusto ko rin naman magshop for my family and friends for Christmas. ;)

    • TPS says:

      Sowsss…”nagkita” na naman tayo dito, Diane. Eh pag “nagkikita” tayo, gastos ang kinapupuntahan.
      Niloloko pa natin si Edel na hindi tayo gagastos. Hahahahaha!

      • lifein says:

        Hahaha, kayo talaga Cath Kidston sisters ha…di bale malakas ang puwersa ko ngayon hindi ako basta basta maaakit magshop, kahit super duper mega adorable items from Cath Kidston pa yan at maski sama nyo pa si Leah of The Bright Spot, hehe. :)

  3. Keep it going Edel! You’re doing amazing on your challenge to yourself.It takes a lot for me to do what you do but I only go to Goodwill store or clearance racks.

    • lifein says:

      Thanks, Gladys! As a mom of two cute girls, you would really find it hard not to shop especially if it’s for them. But I also admire you for living a simple life and for getting full value for your money when you shop at Goodwill and other spend-less type of stores. :)

  4. jEN says:

    I missed your 2 recent blogpost kala ko hindi ka na nag blog hehehe. I am so amazed Edel that you can control your innate shopping soul hehehehe. You are couple of months away and surely, you can do it. =)

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