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Sunday, 17 March 2019

A Quick Update On My Shopping Ban




My shopping ban has been in place for six months, so I thought I’d use this post you update you on how it’s going.

I have to admit that I did find the first few weeks difficult. I had urges to go shopping for groceries, even when we had ample supplies. However, I managed to overcome these by remembering why I had put the ban in place – to save money and to help the environment. By using everything we have before buying more, we have less waste to dispose of. Only buying items we know we will use has helped immensely, too; no more rotting food items lurking at the bottom of the fridge.

With spring approaching, recently I have had an inclination to go to the shops to buy some new t-shirts. So far, I’ve resisted the urge, again by remembering my reasons for the shopping ban. I did have to buy a new pair of shoes for a funeral a few weeks ago; something I should have considered when having my clearout. But all the shoes I got rid off were made of leather, and I don't feel comfortable wearing leather anymore. I bought a pair of black Van's; not standard funeral attire, but they are something I can wear again and again.

I’ve saved a substantial amount of cash, too. But the thing I am most happy about is how much more time I have to do the things I like, and  I’ve surprised myself with how much work I've completed, too.  Since putting the shopping ban in place, I’ve finished numerous drawings, I've posted on this blog regularly, I've frequently been posting on Instagram, and I’ve started a couple of new writing projects as well.

Up to now, the shopping ban has worked well. I’m determined to continue on this track, and I'm enjoying the thrill of not spending money on stuff I don't need.    

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