My January Spending Ban

26th January 2017

Ok, so it may have only lasted like 22 days, but I’m actually really proud of how long my January spending ban lasted. Of course I bought food and necessities like petrol, but I didn’t buy anything for myself, no clothes, no makeup, no unnecessary rubbish that I didn’t need.

I had an unexpected big-ass vets bill around New Year (thanks Nala…) and a big credit card bill (slightly expected) so I knew that Decembers’ wage wasn’t going to get me through to the end of January very easily – time for a spending ban!  The one thing that I really struggled with not splurging on was makeup… like it was really hard not to wander into Boots and pick up another new eyeshadow palette. I had to talk myself out of going anywhere near a shopping centre, and to be fair, a trip to my local one is what made me eventually fall off the wagon after a grand total of 22 days.

It might sound pathetic that I only lasted that long, but I actually get a kick out of spending money – some might call that an addiction… but yeah, I really enjoy shopping. I caved and bought a knitted lounge wear set from H&M (top here, the bottoms must’ve sold out! ) and a cute little bottle from Next to take my fave juice to work in. It could’ve gone a lot worse if I actually bought all the bits that I’ve been lusting over for the last month, so really, I was quite restrained! Having said that, I have made quite a large Matalan order that should be arriving later today, but yeah,  I’ll probably ending up returning a good portion of it ( I always do with online orders, I struggle to find clothes that fit every part of my body at the same time – the curse of being curvy!).

The only way I got through my January spending ban was to watch a hell of a lot of Netflix, films and just generally trying not to leave the house unless I really needed to. It’s so hard living less than 5 minutes away from a big shopping centre, and reading blog posts/ watching YouTube videos all featuring beautiful goodies and not be able to pick up my favourite bits.

I’ve still got around £100 left of my wage, to last me until tomorrow, so I think that’s pretty damn good going! If I did that every month (with the added £250 of unexpected bills), I might actually be able to start saving again! It’s been really frustrating that I’ve not been able to save any money since I moved into my house, nearly a year ago. I’ve saved ever since I can remember, It’s instilled in me that I need to have some money stored away for the ‘next big thing’ I need. I’ve got the house, now I just want a bigger car, a Chanel bag and a holiday to New York – no one can say I’m not ambitious!

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