Having been on this self-imposed shopping ban for a little over a month now, I can say that I’ve found it both easier, and more difficult than I expected. I did allow myself a couple of small concessions, such as a Lover dress I had been waiting to come in stores, a blouse off eBay that I had been hunting down for the better part of this year along with a few other things, but I don’t consider this to make the ban a complete failure.
Picking up a couple of layby’s during the month of the shopping ban, as well as the arrival of a couple of pre-shopping ban purchases, made it feel almost as though I had been shopping – the second reward as you would of buying online.
I wasn’t able to abstain completely from all the online stores I usually love to frequent, letting myself add items to my eBay watchlist, and check out what’s new from my favourite designers on Shopbop, which admittedly provided for temptation that I could have done without. The Shopbop 20% off sale could not have come at a worse time, and I came away with a few jewellery pieces that I had patiently had my eye on – probably no surprises there.
So, while not a complete success, the one thing I did notice was that I spent substantially less time looking at clothing online, which in combination with the fact that I have been doing the thirty x thirty challenge that has limited my wardrobe choices, has meant that I became far more selective of what I would be potentially inclined to purchase. I’ve made the decision to keep this up for a while longer, until Christmas if I can, although I think the impending pre-Christmas sales will probably catch me out. I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Net-a-Porter come sale time of year.