1: The Shopping Semi-Ban

I have way too much stuff. And I keep buying more. And I don’t have as much as I want saved (for emergencies, for retirement, etc.). After hearing about Cait Flanders and her shopping ban on blondeoneabudget.com (her story is completely aweosme), I decided to try it myself. 

The rules:

I can spend $ on:

  • Food
  • Household goods (only if I run out)
  • personal items, toiletries
  • gifts
  • pet expenses
  • anything to fulfill my 43 for 44 list: 5k entrance fees, photos to be printed, etc.
  • clothing (only if it replaces something)
  • travel expenses

I cannot buy:

  • books/magazines/office supplies
  • fandom items
  • DVDs
  • craft supplies
  • any new subscription services
  • makeup
  • kitchen gadgets
  • organizing materials
  • video games, apps, digital media….even if it’s free

Exceptions (why it’s a semi-ban):

  • iMac or MacMini (only when I save enough $ for it)
  • 3 subscription boxes (out of 8 9 current subscriptions)
  • 1 cd: Frances Ruffelle’s upcoming album
  • items that have been pre-ordered
  • items purchased with a gift card
  • Edit: theater hockey, and baseball season tickets

The ban started on August 23, 2015, and will end August 22, 2016. I will also list what I purchased at the end of the week. Let’s see how this goes!  


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