I know what you might be thinking. “I am super frugal, why would I want to do a shopping ban?!”. I feel you, I’ve been there. A shopping ban for frugal people struck me as something odd at first.
I only buy what I need and prefer buying used over new. I travel light, embraced minimalism almost five years ago and all my stuff fits into a suitcase and carry-on backpack.
Why would anyone who is frugal want to do a shopping ban?
Jenny, from the simplicity diaries, did a shopping ban earlier this year and I got intrigued. I consider Jenny to be frugal and really intentional about everything she is doing and thought to myself “ha! she’s onto something!”. After reading about Cait Flanders shopping ban in her book “The Year of less” I got serious and decided to start my own yearlong shopping ban.
I opened up a tab in my browser with Cait Flanders rules for her yearlong shopping ban and started writing up my own. Within a couple of days, I had my rules for the ban, a list of everything that I allow myself to buy, and a detailed list of essential clothing items.
A shopping ban for frugal people is a fabulous idea
I love frugal living and could talk about it literally all day. Frugal living is at the very core of everything that I do and has been so for a handful of years. Living this way is so ingrained in me and I couldn’t imagine living any differently. It’s become second nature.
I see the shopping ban as a great opportunity to create excitement around frugal living, a lifestyle that I am incredibly passionate about.
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.
Frugality has a bad reputation
Frugal living is oftentimes confused with being cheap and those two lifestyles couldn’t be more different. Frugal living for me is all about living in alignment with my values and spending my money accordingly. Being cheap for me is all about spending as little as possible and going to ridiculous extents to do so. That’s not frugal living.
The more people get the conversation going and talk about frugal living, the better. If a shopping ban is what it takes to get people excited about the idea of being frugal, then I am all for it.
It’s time to spread the love
I’ve talked extensively about frugal living on my YouTube channel. Videos about frugal living are some of my favorites to make and they are always some of the most popular ones on my channel.
Frugal living is all about enhancing my experience of life while saving money. I can’t stress this one often enough. It’s all about focusing on what’s important and knowing what isn’t. For me, that means living in alignment with my values and being kind to the planet.
The benefits of frugal living go way beyond just yourself. Living with less and more intentionally is kinder to the environment and everyone around you.
It’s your turn!
Frugal living rocks my world and has been doing so since 2014. If you happen to be frugal and are thinking of doing a shopping ban, just do it and share the news with anyone who’s willing to listen.
I love creating excitement around frugal living and think that doing a shopping ban is the perfect opportunity to do just that. Of course, if you are already super frugal then probably not all too much will change for you.
However, it’s my firm belief that doing a shopping ban might make you even more creative. I’ve got so many ideas already on how to go about getting the things that I do need – my head is spinning!
Frugal living rocks
A shopping ban for frugal people is a fantastic idea to spread the message about frugal living. If you are thinking of creating your own shopping ban make sure to ask yourself these questions and follow these tips on how to create a successful ban of your own.
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- Essential clothing items
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