Shopping Ban: Over to You UPDATED


Many of you have commented that you’ve undertaken shopping bans of your own. Some, like me, need to get your finances in shape. Others are overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of clothes already amassed and want to force a shopping slowdown. Some of you are broke or laid off or otherwise UNABLE to shop to your heart’s delight. And I’m sure there are countless other motivations for the many bans in effect worldwide.

If you’re restricting your spending now as a personal project, please comment here and let us know where we can read more about your experiences! I will revise this post in a few weeks to include links and comments from the Beautiful and the Banned so that anyone contemplating a similar endeavor can pore over the gamut of perspectives before crafting her own plan.

Image courtesy Sarah and Mike …probably.

Here are our lovely respondents!

Simple Elegance
: I actually just posted a re-cap of my Spring budget, and I’m getting ready to plan my summer budget. I’m going to install some new “shopping guidelines” for the summer. I can’t take on a full shopping ban, because I’m still lacking a lot of essentials, and I want to beef up my work wardrobe a bit. But I’ve begun to really re-think how I shop, and I’m trying to learn to re-kindle my love of thrifting.

wimbittworld: I am semi-playong along with The Wear Everything Challenge. So, my personal goal has been to not buy myself anything at all to wear from April 1st until July 1st. I have found that there is a lot of stuff in my closet that virtually never pull out to put on, and there are quite a few things that when i put them on, i take them right off and drop them into the charity box. I didn’t realize I had so much stuff that I do not ever weven want to wear. you can find me at http://wimbittworld.wordpress.com, but it is a daily personal blog, not a fashion thing. Some posts are about the clothes and some are about college and you know, just my life.

Soon to be PhD: I started my own shopping ban, referencing your blog for inspiration in fact. The purpose of my ban is to refocus my energy away from shopping (since I tend to over research the heck out of my purchases) to my actual work. My blog references my story…

LeeHovey: Hey Sal!
I just started my first shopping can May 1st (to run the full month), though a few have commented that the $30 limit I put in place makes it more of a “diet” than a ban. I did this because the thought of having NO money to buy anything made me feel like I was having a heart attack, so I did the math. If I only spent $30 a week for a whole year, thats only $1500 (approximately), which seems reasonable to me on my salary and lifestyle. I probably spend twice that right now.
Anyway, one of the rules I set was that I MUST blog about it, so fee free to follow! :)
(Doll, I can’t access your profile – will you let us know where to find you?)

Solo Lisa: I did a ban for almost 5 months last year and summed up my experiences in these posts: -the beginning of the ban-the time I totally caved and asked my readers to chip in about what to do-some tips to help others get started-what happened when I ended the ban-post-ban reflectionsWhew, I think that’s it. :)

modern eve: i just started mine…alittle scary, but it is going to be so good for me.

In Kari’s Wardrobe: What a good discussion! I started on a brief “shopping ban” recently because there is a good chance that I will be unemployed for part of this summer and I am very cautious about spending less than I earn & not dipping into savings/emergency fund. However, I re-evaluated my finances and decided that I had room for a couple more things (namely holes in my shoe wardrobe) provided that they are smart and long-lasting purchases. I will most likely be on a ban of indefinite length beginning this summer, though, and I’m interested to see how other bloggers tackle this issue.

My Fashion Chronicle:I just sort of jumped in head first with a shopping ban – four months, no new clothing, shoes, or accessories. I’m in a transitional phase in my life and don’t need to expand my wardrobe, so I thought this would be a good time to experiment with a ban. Ultimately I hope to become smarter about spending money on clothes – no more buying items that get worn once or twice then die a slow death at the back of my closet. The other goal is to learn the art mixing and matching. Instead of buying something new to fill a perceived gap in my wardrobe, I should figure out how to put together the items I already own in new ways.

I’ve had a lapse (as you know – thank you so much for the kind words of encouragement!) but don’t regret my purchases, which (I hope) means that these lessons are starting to take root.

  • Gillian

    I would just like to say that this is a wonderful idea. I was thinking about starting my own shopping ban, but I have no idea where to start.

  • LENORENEVERMORE

    I'm following the 3Rs = REDUCE + REUSE + RECYCLE …PLUS, perhaps as I grow older, I'm wiser & getting myself more classic & nice & good quality pieces That will last many-many seasons from now…

  • Simple Elegance

    I actually just posted a re-cap of my Spring budget, and I’m getting ready to plan my summer budget. I’m going to install some new “shopping guidelines” for the summer. I can’t take on a full shopping ban, because I’m still lacking a lot of essentials, and I want to beef up my work wardrobe a bit. But I’ve begun to really re-think how I shop, and I’m trying to learn to re-kindle my love of thrifting.

  • Fashion Addict

    I’ve never really been a huge shopaholic so even during these hard economic times it’s not too hard to be more careful with my spending. But I love the idea of reading others experiences!

  • The Seeker

    Well, what can I say, I’m ending my “shopping season” (I might look just for a new dress)and starting to empty my boxes to “reuse”.
    So… I’m not thinking of spending more money on clothes.

    xoxo

  • wimbittworld

    I am semi-playong along with The Wear Everything Challenge. So, my personal goal has been to not buy myself anything at all to wear from April 1st until July 1st. I have found that there is a lot of stuff in my closet that virtually never pull out to put on, and there are quite a few things that when i put them on, i take them right off and drop them into the charity box. I didn’t realize I had so much stuff that I do not ever weven want to wear.

    you can find me at http://wimbittworld.wordpress.com, but it is a daily personal blog, not a fashion thing. Some posts are about the clothes and some are about college and you know, just my life.

    thanks
    sevedra

  • asundayinjune

    I have a secret that I don’t think I’ve put to paper (or keyboard) and this may shock women around the world. I hate to shop. For clothes that is. So a ban on clothes shopping is too easy. However, I need a ban on buying groceries, office supplies, and school supplies.

    For some, as long as their closets are full and they are buying more clothes they feel good about life. To me, as long as my food pantry and refrigerator is full, then I know “all is well”. And there’s nothing more fun than a cart full of office supplies or school/art/craft supplies. (Yes, I’m 50ish but still love school supplies).

    But I would love to read about the ones who start their own ban, as I am always looking for ideas that might help me out too.

  • Eda

    I don’t like shopping bans, but from time to time I use to take a break for a month or two. This way I can get all my clothes out of the closet at least once a year. I also decided to invest in good quality items. I hope it’s a wise decision.

  • fdiary

    I really need to do a self-imposed ban but I have no will power whatsoever. I’m not in debt but I don’t need any more clothes, its getting crazy. I plan to rent a booth at the Flea Market this summer and get rid of some things.

  • Soon to be PhD

    I started my own shopping ban, referencing your blog for inspiration in fact. The purpose of my ban is to refocus my energy away from shopping (since I tend to over research the heck out of my purchases) to my actual work. My blog references my story…

    http://soontobeaphd.blogspot.com/

  • LeeHovey

    Hey Sal!
    I just started my first shopping can May 1st (to run the full month), though a few have commented that the $30 limit I put in place makes it more of a “diet” than a ban. I did this because the thought of having NO money to buy anything made me feel like I was having a heart attack, so I did the math. If I only spent $30 a week for a whole year, thats only $1500 (approximately), which seems reasonable to me on my salary and lifestyle. I probably spend twice that right now.
    Anyway, one of the rules I set was that I MUST blog about it, so fee free to follow! :)

  • Cheryl

    I tried a shopping ban and lasted about two weeks. Not that I'm an uncontrollable spender; I'm quite frugal and give plenty of thought to what I buy. But I've been in a style predicament lately where I'm not sure whether my wardrobe really reflects who I am & what I want to project. (Am I dressing too young? Too boring? Not polished enough?)

    So it's more like a shopping diet… I'm going to reduce my shopping until I can better define my style (using your great suggestions in an earlier post) and buy pieces to fill in the gaps using some guidelines or filters before making the buy. Looking forward to hearing other's experience, though!

  • lisa
  • cathrynthegreat

    Ooh great idea, Sal. I can’t do shopping bans. I always think, alright, it’s okay, I’m allowed one purchase before I go on the ban, but that one item becomes two, which then becomes three..and so on.

    So right now, I guess I’m on a shopping diet, to borrow Cheryl’s words. Or I’m researching my purchases, I guess. I love online clothes shopping, and I used to just buy things without fully checking things out, like what the fabric’s like, how annoying it is to wash, etc. If something wasn’t quite right, I’d just keep it and think, that’s okay, I can alter it! (Yeah, with my awf-some sewing skills…)

    But yes, like I said, now I’m researching and really considering my purchases. I hold out for sales, for that extra %off. If something’s dry clean only, I stay well clear of it. If something’s handwash only, I usually stay away, but if I really love it, I’ll consider it. I ask myself, will I really, actually, definitely wear it? Or is it just something that I’d like to own, but probably wouldn’t wear/don’t have an occasion to wear it? I consult my own wardrobe for what I already have.

    Sorry for such a long comment. I don’t actually have a blog of my own. (I don’t post anything on the LJ I use to comment on other people’s blogs.)

  • oh lady e

    I don’t consider this a ban, per se… but I’d love to try and make my own clothes for 6 months or a year. Minus shoes, of course, because I don’t know how to make shoes! :)

  • lopi

    I don’t think I will ever be able to go on a real shopping ban… I simply lack the determination. I would love, however, to find the energy to list the clothes I don’t wear on ebay. That way, I could balance the money I spend with some incoming from the sales of stuff I already own AND make them useful to someone else. Win-win situation!

  • anna

    I unfortunately am in credit card debt. And I just got notice that one my credit cards that I haven’t been late on in years is jacking up the interest rate. So no more shopping until I whittle down some of the debt.

  • modern eve

    i just started mine…alittle scary, but it is going to be so good for me.

  • Kari

    What a good discussion! I started on a brief "shopping ban" recently because there is a good chance that I will be unemployed for part of this summer and I am very cautious about spending less than I earn & not dipping into savings/emergency fund. However, I re-evaluated my finances and decided that I had room for a couple more things (namely holes in my shoe wardrobe) provided that they are smart and long-lasting purchases. I will most likely be on a ban of indefinite length beginning this summer, though, and I'm interested to see how other bloggers tackle this issue.

  • Rachel

    I just sort of jumped in head first with a shopping ban – four months, no new clothing, shoes, or accessories. I’m in a transitional phase in my life and don’t need to expand my wardrobe, so I thought this would be a good time to experiment with a ban. Ultimately I hope to become smarter about spending money on clothes – no more buying items that get worn once or twice then die a slow death at the back of my closet. The other goal is to learn the art mixing and matching. Instead of buying something new to fill a perceived gap in my wardrobe, I should figure out how to put together the items I already own in new ways.

    I’ve had a lapse (as you know – thank you so much for the kind words of encouragement!) but don’t regret my purchases, which (I hope) means that these lessons are starting to take root.