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Shopping Ban Update & Approved Spending List

October 27, 2014

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Hi all! I hope you had a great weekend. I sure did, though I might have broken my shopping ban already! (Depends on how you look at it I guess…)

On Friday was the 3rd Annual Crossfit Halloween Party at my local “box”. I went last year as a flapper and I spent close to $50 on my costume. In order to save money, I decided I would skip the party this year. But, I kept being asked if I was going and so at the absolute last-minute, I decided I’d go to the party after all. The only problem was I didn’t have a costume lined up, and costumes were required to attend the party.

So, after googling “last-minute Halloween costume ideas”, I came up with this:


In case you don’t know, it’s from one of my fave movies “Mean Girls”. I already had black heels, a purple bra, and a black skirt. The only things I had to acquire to complete my look were the blonde wig and a tank top (which I cut holes in). Here’s how my costume turned out:


Not perfect, but pretty good for only $6.47!

Anyhow, on to the list of clothing and accessory items I’m actually allowed to buy during my shopping ban.

  • 3 Sports Bras – I need some new ones as my old ones are over 2 years old. They break down over time and it’s not a pretty sight when we do a lot of jumping… 🙂 I decided on 3 because I usually work out 3x/week and I do laundry every Saturday or Sunday, so 3 should get me through a week’s worth of workouts. This will be a 1 in 1 out purchase. (FYI – I already bought 2 of them this weekend, so I will only be buying 1 more for a total of 3.)
  • 3-4 Regular Bras – Again, the ones I currently own are over 2 years old. Plus, I have lost some weight since then, so I need to be measured for new ones that fit properly.
  • 1 Pair Workout Pants and 1 Pair Workout Capris – I am in need of one more pair of workout capris and one pair of workout pants. These just wear out over time and I don’t want to moon people with my old ones once they become see-through, haha.
  • 1 Navy Jacker/Blazer – This would really complete a ton of outfits in my closet. I don’t want to spend more than about $40 max for this item though.
  • 1 Pair Jeans – This is a maybe. A lot of my jeans are worn out. Other than the pair I just bought this month, I haven’t bought new jeans since 2012.
  • 1 Pair Everyday Tennis Shoes – I usually buy 1 pair of tennis shoes/year for everyday use (this is in addition to the workout shoes I usually buy every 9-10 months). Once I get the new ones, I will downgrade my current pair to be “chore/work” shoes and throw my current “chore/work” shoes away.
  • Jewelry from my party last week – As mentioned, I had already agreed (last year) to host a jewelry party. The party was last week and I will have to pay for a bit of tax and shipping to get my “free” jewelry. Other than this, I will not be buying any jewelry during the shopping ban.

Other than the items listed above, I will not be buying any clothing, shoes, or accessories during my shopping ban. The only other exception I will make is if something wears out or no longer fits during the ban (but I don’t anticipate that happening). If that does occur, I will post about it here before it happens and ask your opinion. (Thanks for the idea Michelle!)

Do you think my list of acceptable purchases is reasonable?

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43 responses to “Shopping Ban Update & Approved Spending List

  1. Awesome costume and awesome last minute idea!! That is seriously brilliant, AND you saved crazy money! Also, I think your shopping list is totally fine – you can’t skimp on important things like bras and work out clothes – or jeans!

    1. That’s what I decided about the things on my list too Melissa. Glad you agree! Yes I totally got off cheap on my costume this year 🙂

    1. Thanks Jenna! Yes avoding impulse shopping and buying things I don’t really need is the main idea behind this.

  2. Haha, great costume! Again with the purple ;)! Sounds like a good list of things. I’m enjoying my shopping ban too and I’ve been surprised at how easy it’s been once I committed (and stopped going to thrift stores–the horror!)

    1. Mrs. FW – the purple because hers in the movie is purple too! 😉 I’m hoping I won’t find it too hard to avoid shopping…

    1. Thanks Holly! I’m trying to be more conscious of what I’m spending on clothes. I don’t want to be “cheap” just “frugal” with my purchases. Sometimes that means spending a bit more up front for quality items that will last a long time.

  3. Congrats on the cheap halloween costume. well done… i think with the wig you can also pull of another cheap costume next year 😉

    1. Yes! I’m totally saving the wig and hopefully between that and a few other things I have left over from the last couple years I can get away with a cheap costume again! 🙂

    1. The cheap ones never last long, so going for more expensive and higher quality ones are important! 🙂

  4. Great list! I think all of those are reasonable purchases, you’ve thought everything out, and hopefully nothing else wears down in the meantime! I’m thinking about making a list of things I need as well, as I’d like to get rid of a bunch of stuff, and only bring in items I really need.

    1. OMG Erin! I have so much stuff I need to get rid of. It’s just taking the time to go through everything and making well-thought-out decisions that’s holding me back. I want to make sure I don’t get rid of anything I’ll actually end up needing in the near future because that would be silly! I’m glad I’m not the only one trying to simplify and end up with mostly just the things I need instead of so much clutter.

  5. Cute costume! And great proof you can create a fun costume without breaking the bank. Looks like you’ve carefully thought through the things you need and budgeted appropriately for them and that’s all that matters to me. 🙂 G

    1. Thanks! It was a fun costume idea for sure, and cheap to boot. I was pretty excited about getting away with only spending $6.47! I have finally set my list of approved purchases and I think I can stick to it. Here’s hoping! 🙂

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