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Shopping Ban: Take 2

July 22, 2015

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It's time for take 2 of my shopping ban! Curious about how a shopping ban works? Check it out @shoeaholicnomoreLast fall I made my first attempt at a shopping ban and it didn’t go well at all. I gave in nearly before I’d even started. After a lot of self-reflection, budget evaluation, and impending life changes, I’ve decided to give a shopping ban another go – from now until the end of 2015.

Earlier this year I decided to try a capsule wardrobe experiment and so far, I’m loving it! When I created my first capsule wardrobe for this summer I didn’t buy anything to complete my wardrobe. I also didn’t do any shopping for the 3 months I’ve been on the capsule wardrobe as I’m limited to sticking to my 38 items.

When I started my summer capsule I knew I wanted to try this experiment for at least a year before deciding if it was for me or not and so I could see if it really helped me curb my shopping and spending. This means I still have to complete at 3 month fall capsule wardrobe, a 3 month winter capsule wardrobe, and a 3 month spring capsule wardrobe before my year is up.

I’m up for the challenge, but I knew I’d need to buy a couple of things to create my fall capsule wardrobe. For example, I’ve worn my brown riding boots nearly through the sole. Because I have such a hard time finding boots to fit my legs properly, I’m going to look for a new pair when the fall stuff hits stores this year rather than waiting until my pair is worn completely through the sole.

Anyhow, I think this capsule wardrobe experiment will aide me in my second attempt at a shopping ban. I plan to begin my shopping ban right away, with the exception of a couple items listed below.

Here’s What I’m NOT Allowed to Buy:

  • Clothes, Shoes, and Accessories – I plan to make my winter capsule wardrobe out of items I already own. If I feel that I need to buy something for my capsule, I will seek your opinions first.
  • Beauty Products – I can only buy something if I run out.
  • Books, Magazines, etc. – The only book allowed is if my book club’s selection is not available at the library.
  • Candles, Scentsy, etc.

Basically, I’m not going to be buying anything except the necessities. If I feel an exception needs to be made for a non-emergency, I will seek your opinions first.

Exceptions to the Shopping Ban:

  • Brown riding boots – If I can find a pair I like and that fits well, I’m going to buy them.
  • Black leather leggings – ?? Maybe. I’ve wanted a pair for years and my black leggings are wearing thin. I might get a pair for winter. If so, this will be the only purchase for my winter capsule wardrobe.
  • 1 Piece of Jewelry at my friend T’s party. Are you reading this T? You made the exception list ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Gifts for others.

Enough said.

Will you be attempting a shopping ban? Join in with me and we can keep each other accountable!

It's time for take 2 of my shopping ban! Curious about how a shopping ban works? Check it out @shoeaholicnomore

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20 responses to “Shopping Ban: Take 2

    1. I might extend mine too, until at least the end of my capsule wardrobe experiment on May 31. It wasn’t too hard, I started by taking out all the clothes there were fall and winter-ish then narrowed down the warm weather clothes to 38 items. I didn’t get rid of much this first go-around though. I didn’t want to just give it all away and then regret it, so I put most of it in containers under my bed. I might get rid of more of it when I get my fall capsule put together though since I now know I can live with much less in my wardrobe- after all, I’ve been doing just that for the past 3 months.

  1. Good luck on your shopping ban! I’m finishing up a 6-month shopping ban this month and it has required a lot of determination and creativity. I been hearing nothing but great things about capsule wardrobes and I really want to create one for the fall/winter season.

  2. Good luck with the shopping ban! I may attempt one in the fall, but I haven’t been very spendy lately except on wedding stuff, so I don’t know that I’m going to do a ban, or just implement an approved shopping list… I definitely want to try the capsule wardrobe, but I’ve just been too busy lately to dedicate the time to go through my closet fully, which is needed in order to see what I have and clear it out for a capsule… soon… I hope…

  3. Are your boots worth getting resoled by a cobbler? I have a couple of pairs of Frye boots that I love, and in that case I’d rather get them resoled than buy new boots…might be a bit cheaper and get you more wear!

    1. If they were higher quality I would consider re-soling them. They were cheapies and they got me through 2 years of heavy wear during the fall and winter, so I’m pretty happy since I only spent like $50-ish on them.

  4. Oh wow, I can’t wait to see how you do! This is one area in my budget I don’t have much temptation in, mostly because I’m clueless when it comes to make up and fashion. Last year I planned some of my shopping around Black Friday and the holidays because of all the killer deals. Good luck!

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