How to successfully go on a spending ban

How to successfully go on a spending ban!
Let's be honest, a lot of us girls have a shopping problem. But who's to blame? The new arrivals at the stores, the changing seasons or the trends we love to catch up too. I am one of them and I do this thing called as a "Spending Ban" (Nope, it's not an urban legend) once in a blue moon while it should be made a more frequent occurrence (being a blogger makes it really difficult). However, I have a few little tips on how to successfully go on a spending ban without completely giving up the very next day.( Been there, done that!) Whether you're trying to save up some money for summer or just simply don't have any more room in your wardrobe to keep more stuff, keep on reading.

1. Start Small:
Starting with a week at a time is a very practical way of going about a spending ban. It's a lot like exercise. We need to progress slowly and steadily but what's important is to 'Start'! I have personally never been able to do well with a month long ban or anything longer but a week's ban is a good way to get used to living life without obsessively clicking on the Buy Now button.
2. Unsubscribe from Website Emails:
This is a particularly great idea because every time you receive a new email from your favourite website saying they have restocked it, is an instant invitation to an impulsive purchase. I agree if you love reading their newsletters and knowing about styles, it would be a bummer to not receive them for a while. You can unsubscribe to their emails for the duration of your spending ban and then re-subscribe again or a better thing to do would be to divert all these emails to a different e-mail address which you don't check that often.
3. Setting Goals:
Try setting goals in your life like healthy eating/exercising 5 times a week/getting a good Gpa or anything really and reward yourself with that dress or those shoes once you've achieved them. The difficulty level of these goals can correspond with the price of the items. If you set yourself a difficult goal, it's only going to take a little more work and a little more time and you'll be able to sustain your spending ban that much longer.
4.Keep Records:
Keep track of everything you've been buying in a month - makeup, beauty, clothes, shoes, books etc and keep a little chart or even if it's a corner of your planner to constantly remind you of how much you're buying and keep you in check.
5.Buy Collectively:
Placing a collective order at the end of your spending ban/ end of the month is going to be so much more satisfying than impulsively buying some items and never getting much use out of them. You also get that little bit of extra time to think about the items you're buying and analyse the whole "Do I really need another phone case right now?" question before placing an order.
6. Avoid Midnight Shopping:
We all have heard the terrible horror stories about midnight internet impulse buys and waking up to an empty bank account. Don't do it! If you are bored and can't sleep, try Netflix instead. A much safer option sometimes.
7. Set a Spending Limit on your Card:
This one's for you if your spirit animal is Rebecca from Confessions of a Shopaholic. I know many Card companies give you the option to choose and it's always an option to consider. Less limit means less debt right? It's only going to make you richer.
8.Steer Clear of Flash Sales:
Flash sales can be tricky. They make you buy a huge pile of stuff, half of which you probably didn't need. Try to steer clear of them while you're on a ban but if one of your 'goal' dresses are on sale and won't be in a week then by all means go ahead and get it! Don't forget to extend your spending ban by another week though.

That would be all of my tips for successfully having a spending ban! I hope you find it helpful if you plan on going on a ban yourself.

48 comments

  1. Ha love this! Definitely need to (but won't) do all of the above *monkey covering eyes emoji* ha! xx

    moorizZLA

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    1. Haha! I hope you end up doing at least one though :)

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  2. This is extremely helpful! I have just gotten a job and rather than saving I have been spending so this couldn't have come at a better time
    Kathy x
    www.alongcamekathy.blogspot.co.nz

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  3. Such helpful tips! I really need to start saving because I'll be living alone and these tips will definitely help!

    Lee - leethrifts.com

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  4. Beautiful post!! Thanks for your comment in my blog, would you like to follow each other?:)

    http://julesonthemoon.blogspot.it/

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  5. This is so helpful! I'm definitely going to unsubscribe from website e-mails, and maybe this time I don't give up :) Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

    xo, Esther

    http://bubblesther.com

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  6. This look so so pretty, adore that skirt!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire

    Http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.com

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  7. I'm so horrible at spending bans! I always break in few days. Unsubscribing from emails is a really great idea! I will need to do that. Also, I think all of these tips are really helpful. Great job, love. And don't worry too much about those people who doesn't bother to read and only comment invalid things (saw your tweets today). Seriously not worth our time :) x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Thank you very much Leta for your sweet comment! :) People like you keep me going really!x

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  8. These are all really good tips! I'm definitely getting better at trying not to spend so much but man those sales get me every time haha!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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  9. Midnight shopping is always a bad idea... I always end up looking at way too much stuff!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.com/

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    1. It's a bit of a nightmare the next morning, haha!

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  10. These are great practical tips! Unsubscribing from emails is a great idea. They are so tempting!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  11. Unsubscribing from emails and setting goals are great ideas! Thanks for sharing these tips!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  12. Awesome tips. Unsubscribing from website sales & emails is such a fantastic tip. Wouldn't have thought of that. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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  13. Girl, I totally needed this post! Great tips!

    Best,
    Christina

    Looks by Lau

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  14. Wow, definitely needed to read this! Could not have come at a more perfect time :p Thanks for the tips!

    Enclothed Cognition/Bloglovin

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  15. I am more successful with cutting cold turkey, but most of my friends do it progressively. Unsubscribing is smart! :) Great post!!

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

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    1. Thank you Miki! It definitely takes some patience and willpower, hehe!

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  16. This is such good advice, I've been thinking about going on a spending ban lately and this will help me finally do it!

    http://www.jessicaluxe.com

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  17. Great tips! Still don't like the idea of a spending ban though. :P
    www.streetmadonna.com

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  18. awesome tips! I am the worst late night shopper!

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  19. Oh I sure need these!
    http://www.thestyletune.com/

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  20. I'm trying to cut down on the amount of clothes I buy so these tips are so helpful right now haha!
    britishmermaid.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm absolutely trying to do the same thing. Thanks for reading :)

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  21. I've set a spending ban on myself a few times but I never succeeded. Right now, I'm deleting all newsletters and special offer emails without reading them so I'm not tempted to splash out.

    www.mydailywear.co.uk

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    1. Thanks for reading :) I hope it helps with your goal!

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  22. these are amazing tips, definitely need them!! great post

    xx Melis
    http://fashionmews.com

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  23. I finished a three-month spending ban before and I've done all of these to help. And I might have stopped going to malls so I won't be tempted. Haha!

    Love, Richel. | Richel Goes Places

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    1. Wow that's absolutely amazing! I have never been able to go that long but I do agree about not going to malls. Definitely helps x

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  24. Midnight/being bored shopping is such a problem for me. It's hard to kick Amazon. But I've been learning it's as much fun filling up a wish list for things to consider later on than buying something right away and possibly regretting it.

    Alisha | http://www.alishaspinkdaisies.com/

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