Self-Imposed Shopping Ban

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. I decided to include this post in my documentation and labeled it as my January report

If there’s one thing I’m really proud of last month, that would be the fact that I didn’t do any retail therapy. Of course, I did dine out with the hubby and shop for groceries but that was all. I was able to stop myself from indulging in the big 3’s of girl shopping: clothes, shoes, and accessories. It’s a feat on its own, I tell you.

I hope to continue this self-imposed shopping ban as long as I can. It will not only save me money, but it will also teach me to have more discipline and be more in control of my finances. I can imagine the next months will be harder because of the regular mall-wide sales and the various special occasions approaching (e.g. Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc.), but I will work on it.

Also, I will constantly remind myself of my commitment to the 52-week saving challenge the hubby and I are doing. It’s an effective shopping guard. Or so I believe it is. I really hope I’ll be as successful in my shopping (or the lack of it) challenge this month of February. Wish me luck, will you? 🙂

8 Replies to “Self-Imposed Shopping Ban”

  1. Hi Edelweiza! Like you, I have not been buying anything grand lately like clothes, shoes, etc. I think keeping myself busy at home during the weekends helped a lot in curbing the temptation to shop. I’ve also started this little minimalism game that I read from Daphne’s IG and in this blog (, so I’ve been editing stuff here at home. Now when I window shop at the mall it’s more on appreciating things rather than impulse buying!

    1. I keep myself busy at home during weekends, too. My husband naman, he really wants to make pasyal at least once during weekends and I just have to grant his wish. I’m gonna check out that link you gave right now. 🙂

  2. very challenging edel! i tried this before, but i fail lalo na pag stress ako. But since nabasa ko itong post mo, i’ll try ulit, hehe!

    Thanks for inspiring me. =)

  3. Hi there!
    I am doing something similar this year.
    I am running an experiment on surviving with the things I have in a box.
    Hopefully it works! 🙂

    1. Hi Joann! Thanks for dropping by. That’s nice! I’ll check your blog to get updates on that experiment. 🙂

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