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Thursday, January 3, 2013

100 day 'no buy' challenge


My name is Safira. And I am a shopaholic.

I don’t remember when my addiction started, or why. But for as long as I can remember I have loved shiny new things. I love new clothes, and new shoes, and new jewellery and new beauty products. Products I don’t even need! But as long as the packaging is pretty – I. Will. Have. It.

As soon as I get them home they are discarded in all their loveliness in a dark corner of my room, only to be found weeks, and in some cases months later. I should point out that I do clean my room, I just clean around the bags, without actually going in them.

And then when I do rediscover them, and choose to reopen them – it is like Christmas all over again! Wow I have treated myself to a seven products from Elemis (this has happened before) or, look at all this make-up from MAC! (this has happened too). But after having discovered my new (not really) goodies, does that stop me going out and buying more – NO! (That is my husband’s voice shouting, not me).

Asif has tripped over my bags of goodies on more than one occasion and said those words that I dreaded to hear: “If I threw all your products away, you would never notice anyway. I am going to start throwing one of your products away one day at a time and see how long it takes you to notice.” Ok, I think that is a fairly harsh way to handle the situation. I mean do you see me throwing out all his computer games and DVDs?! So I don’t see why my things have to be thrown out, even if there is that little niggling feeling of doubt – how long would it be until I noticed they were gone?!

So when I heard about the spending ban challenge from Grace that a few bloggers are doing to mark the New Year I was more than a little intrigued. The reason behind the ban is that we have all over-indulged over Christmas, not just in the food department, but also with those little cards of plastic. And it may be time to have a detox.

So, the challenge is to go 100 days without spending a penny – how you do this challenge is up to you and you can set your own limitations and rules. But many are choosing to only buy the essential products they need (I mean, I am not going to go without deodorant for 100 days if I run out tomorrow – but whether you do is up to you) and to use up all their non-essential make-up and beauty products.

I personally think it is a good way to not only use them up, but to rediscover products that have been forgotten about. In time-honoured blogger fashion I will document my journey. Of course I will, because Asif will be checking to see if I am really sticking to the challenge, or if it is like all my other New Year resolutions that have not made it past day three.

It’s up to you how long you do the challenge for, but many are sticking to the 100 days, but if you want to do it for less feel free. And there will be a Twitter chat to help keep us motivated, #spendingban. Good luck, and link me to your posts if you are also taking part in the spending ban.

Let the pain commence.  
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  1. Here's mine!! :) Good Luck with yours!! :P hehe! We can do this!!!

    http://writingrambling.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/100-day-no-spending-ban-2013.html

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    1. Thank you! We have to keep each other motivated! I was only going to do 30 days, but might as well do it properly. Just need willpower now! x

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  2. good luck! so much respect for all of you doing this :)
    My wishlist is far too long I'm afraid... maybe next year?! haha x

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    1. Ha ha! Love your honesty! I just have so much stuff, and got loads for Christmas that it can easily keep me going for reviews. But it's the lunchtime spending ban that will kill me. It's just so easy to pop into Boots or Superdrug in my lunch hour and pick up a new lipstick or nail polish. Argh! Missing spending already! x

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  3. I decided to do it too, just hoping I can keep it up! I think completely switching off is important. Deleting those emils with free deliveries and special offers! It's going to be so difficult! =/

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    1. Yay! The more the merrier. I feel the same. I have committed now, and think I need that motivation to help me stick to it.
      I have noticed, especially over Christmas, how many emails I get offering freebies, discounts, buy one get one free. It's all temptation! Think I will be unsubscribing to a few of them. x

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  4. I'm thinking of joining, but I'm going to Poland at the end of the month and it would be hard not to treat myself to a little Inglot. ;) X

    mademoiselle-lala.com

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    1. Sarah, above, is going to Australia in a month, and is just doing a month-long ban. Someone else is doing a 30-day ban. It can be for as long as you want, but just so you can be more careful with your money. Though Inglot is very difficult to resist! (Must say no...)

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  5. Thats great! I wish I had your will power but I'm going for a wimps version of this challenge instead! I have so many products and umpteen bottles of the same thing, so my new year promise is to ensure my bottles are empty before I replace them. No more hoarding and multi-buys!


    Happy New Year! Jen xx
    http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! And Happy New Year to you too!
      It will require a lot of willpower, but I know my bank balance will thank me at the end of it.
      I think it's fine even if you do a less strict challenge, or even one for 30 days, with the aim to curb spending, or making you more aware of what you buy.
      Good luck with your challenge! x

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  6. Great honest but witty post. I am the same as you - I clean round the bags and items that I drooled at the the till, only to bring them home and dump them!

    I am so please you are doing the ban!

    Thanks for the mention honey! xx

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    1. Why is it we NEED the products so much and then don't care once we get home?!
      That's ok hun, thank you for letting me know about it. x

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