Week 1 Without Shopping

Even without shopping, it’s still been an expensive week. Rent was due on the 1st. I was travelling for a wedding January 31-February 4 so there was a lot of eating out on top of $85 for airport parking and $40 for dog sitting. Getting back home right in time for the super bowl meant no meal planning or grocery shopping. And I still haven’t gotten on top of it so I’ve been continuing to eat out for every meal.

The hardest part about not shopping has been that I resell clothing. So I’m on shopping apps all day to sell clothing and not buying new inventory is challenging. I’ve given myself $100 a month to use for inventory so I have to use that wisely. $100 a month seems fair given that I currently average about $400 a month in sales after various platform fees. And it’s a part time gig,  not income that I’m relying on. I would like to continue to grow that number so I’ll reevaluate my budget as my sales grow.

Otherwise not shopping has been surprisingly easy. While there have certainly been items I’ve lusted over briefly, I know that they’re not things I really need and the urge to buy has disappeared.

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My No Shopping Year Begins

I’m a compulsive shopper. I enjoy buying things really mostly just to buy things, especially clothing. But I have plenty of clothes. There’s nothing that I really need. So after reading several accounts of no shopping years in the last month, I’ve decided to take on the challenge myself.

This isn’t a challenge of frugality. I’m not penny pinching. But at 28-years-old, I’m going to want to start doing expensive things in my near future like planning a wedding, buying a house, and having children. The money that I put towards frivolous shopping could be better put to use in a savings account instead.

With a no shopping challenge comes rules. I can still spend money on food. While I’d like to cook and eat in more often than eating out (mostly for health reasons), I’m not restricting myself from happy hours, brunches, and lunches and dinners out.

I’m keeping my Le Tote (use this link to get your first month free and help me save money on my totes) subscription at least for now to ease the process. For $44 a month, I get two clothing pieces and one accessory at a time. I generally get about a box a week. Keeping this subscription still allows me to have new items to rotate into my wardrobe without actually adding anything to my closet.

Toiletries and beauty products are fair game. I’m not someone who buys a lot of beauty products just to try something new so when I do buy something it’s for a real reason.

Being in my late 20s, I have a lot of weddings on my calendar. And because there are always so many pictures at weddings, I don’t want to repeat dresses. Rent the Runway has a lot of great dresses at $30 for a 4-day rental. This way I’m saving money and not filling my closet with dresses I’ll only wear once.

 

A Garmin Fenix5S is something that has been on my wish list. It’s an expensive item, but one that I know I’ll use daily. I have about half the funds from a Fitbit that my work reimbursed me for, but I ended up returning. I’m saving up gift card money so that when I do buy it, it has a very small impact on my bank account.

Replacement items are still allowed. If I wear out a pair of shoes or end up with a hole in the crotch of my jeans, I’m allowed to replace those clothing items.

And lastly, gifts. But only gifts for specific occasions, not the “I saw this and thought of you so I bought it for you,” kinds of gifts. I’ll try to stick to experience gifts as often as possible, but sometimes it’s easier or more practical to buy something physical.

And so my no shopping year begins. As a shopaholic, it’s not going to be easy, but that’s why it’s a challenge. I’m excited to see where this takes me (and see more money in my bank account).