Monday, 3 August 2015

A spending ban update..

So, in case like me, it had crept up on's August. Already. That means I'm onto month number eight of the spending ban. What have I learned so far?

Well, it's clearly a lot easier to avoid the temptation to spend money if I'm not browsing online or wandering about the shops. I have been getting better at avoiding unnecessary trips and have been planning my time better so that time spent running errands goes more strictly to plan.


I mentioned recently that I have received and spent some vouchers, which was a nice bonus but I spent a lot more time considering what to spend them on than I ever used to. I think perhaps getting so used to not spending is having an effect on my impulse-shopping ways. I'm sure that can only be a good thing.

Aside from things for myself, I've had a couple of birthday presents to track down lately. I love shopping for other people. There's something so rewarding about seeing someone open and enjoy something you've spent time searching out for them. When I'm buying for others, I tend to have a basic idea of what I want and then search for something which fits the bill. This month, I've been using this handy little tool on the Fashion Beans website to check whether there are any current voucher or discount codes which can be used on the sites I'm going to order from. Again, this isn't something I used to do very often, but I'm pretty pleased to have just ordered my mum's birthday present using this discount code from M+S.

I'd love to hear about any other money-saving tips you might like to share. I think that once the shopping ban is over, it's going to be much more difficult for me to part with my cash.


  1. Well done! I've only ever tried a spending ban for a month at a time, and when that month was over my spending went through the roof!
    I find shopping my wardrobe a great help if I'm attempting to be frugal and also wearing items that I love - I only tend to get the urge to shop when I feel I have nothing to wear.
    Love these shoes, and spending vouchers absolutely doesn't count as spending, it's free money! Hurrah.

    1. I'm trying to get my head around the fact that I definitely never have nothing to wear.

  2. Well done, 8 months is a really long time to go without spending. It'll feel really strange for you to spend again once it's all over.
    A group of us at work are all a similar clothes size, so we keep having clear outs and bringing bags of clothes into work to swap before they head off to the charity shop. It's amazing, I've ended up with 6 new gorgeous dresses for free!

    Rachel x
    The Inelegant Wench

    1. I think I'll be a lot more wary about spending than I once was.