If you are frugal, then doing a shopping ban is a great way to spread the love about frugal living. It might get more people intrigued, more people curious about what it’s all about.
My first post in a series of posts about the ban was this one and boy was I excited to share it all with you! I ended up creating a subcategory for it and shared as much as possible, including my monthly expenses.
5 things I learned from my yearlong shopping ban.
1. Less is more
I ended up sticking to my approved shopping list and of course, needed to purchase things that came up along the way, which weren’t accounted for in the beginning. Throughout the year I realized again and again that the less I own, the happier I am.
2. Don’t buy it, borrow it
I noticed that I didn’t always need to purchase something (new and used), I could simply borrow it. I did that on a handful of occasions and it worked out great.
3. Furniture isn’t for me
I recently moved into a completely empty apartment and realized that I don’t really need furniture.
What did I end up buying? I got a used standing desk, a Korean futon, three used wooden shelves, and a new clothing rack.
What did I get for free? A cupboard and shelf for my clothing. No need for a sofa, bed, chairs and anything else I could fill my beautiful space with.
4. Mending is amazing
I got inspired to fix whatever I can myself – I fixed pants, t-shirts, and socks. You name it, I fixed it. I learned to really enjoy mending and now, whenever I spot a hole, I am excited to fix it.
5. Formal clothing? No.
A handful of months into my shopping ban I started attending interviews and you know what? I showed up in black jeans and a black jumper.
What shoes did I wear? sneakers or boots. I was planning on buying a shirt and shoes for interviews and realized that I wouldn’t want to work somewhere, where I couldn’t wear to an interview, what I’d be wearing every day.
Are you keen on doing a yearlong shopping ban?
If you plan on taking the leap, make sure to ask yourself these 5 questions, create an approved shopping list, take a look at these 10 tips for a successful ban, and start integrating some of these habits.
I wouldn’t do another shopping ban because living this way is so ingrained in me and I couldn’t imagine living any differently. It’s become second nature.
That being said, the shopping ban was a great opportunity to create excitement around frugal living, a lifestyle that I am so passionate about.
Of course, there are a handful of things that I am curious about and that I didn’t explore during my yearlong shopping ban:
If you’ve got any tips on knitting, sewing or pickling, shoot them my way. 😉
Have you done a shopping ban? If yes, how did it go? If you are still at it, how is it going?
If you are new to it all, would you be keen on trying it?
Let me know in the comments down below! I can’t wait to hear from you! 🙂