My Month Long “Shopping Diet” – Part One

 Shopping Diet Part One

Last week, I talked about how much fun “Retail Therapy” can be – so long as you make a budget and stick to it.  About once a year, I undertake a “shopping fast” – a month-long period of no shopping for anything that’s not a true necessity.  In past years, I’ve approached this shopping fast as spending NOTHING on clothes, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, books, music, etc.  This year, rather than go cold turkey, I thought I would just restrict myself to a small amount of spending money per week – $20.

            Let me explain WHY I do this shopping fast/ diet annually.  First of all, it helps me to appreciate all of the good things I already have in my possession: plenty of clothes and accessories, books I haven’t even cracked open yet, and plenty of lotions, lip glosses and perfumes, among other things.  The second reason why I do it is to keep my “inner consumer” in check.  We’re all bombarded with ads via TV, magazines, the internet, even on Facebook, every single day.  Online retailers and brick and mortar stores are making easier and easier to make purchases and part with our money.  Case in point, I have a love/ hate relationship with Amazon One-Click!  Doing a shopping fast/ diet makes me stop and think, “Do I really need this?”

            Here are my personal rules for June’s shopping diet.  I can spend $20 per week, for a total of $80 per month on non-necessities.  If I happen to receive a rebate check in the mail or earn money on my clothing consignment, I can add that to my spending money.  If I have unspent gift cards in my wallet (which I do!), those purchases do not count towards my $80 total.  If I see something that I want to buy, but chose not to, I will print a copy of the item or tear the page out of the magazine and put it in a folder.  On July 1st, I’ll review those items to see if I REALLY still want any of them.  I have done this in past years to find that I usually end up only buying about 20% of the wanted items after my shopping fast is over. 

            I am currently a week and a half into my Shopping Diet, and I have spent $35.  Here’s what I have purchased: “The Magic” by Rhonda Bryne for my Kindle for a group book study – $8, a black and tan dress at Strut Resale Boutique – $8 after coupon and credit for my consignment sold, Tupperware cups – $6, a beautiful green silky dress from a new website I found called JollyChic.com – $13 after $5 new customer coupon and a $10 rebate balance in my PayPal account.

What I've Bought So Far

What DIDN’T I buy this past week and half that I wanted to?  Oh there’s definitely plenty!  I have a long list of music that I want to buy on iTunes, which includes Lana Del Ray’s version of “Once Upon a Dream” and Pharell’s “Happy.”  There are several pieces of jewelry that I put in “My Favorites” on the JewelMint website – an edgy 3 tiered necklace called The Starling for $25, and the Mint Julep ring set for $30.  If I buy them today only I’ll get $10 off any full priced purchase… Oh, so tempting!  By restraining myself on my Shopping Diet, I have saved myself at least $55 so far. 

Oh so tempting

            I’ll be checking in again before my Shopping Diet is over.  In the meantime, let me know if you’ve ever adopted a Shopping Diet or Fast and tell me how it went.


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Christine Luken

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Robin (Masshole Mommy) - June 12, 2014

My husband would LOVE it if I went on a shopping diet, but that;s not happening LOL.

Heather M - June 12, 2014

I haven’t ever really had to do a shopping fast/diet. Occasionally I don’t buy groceries until we slim down the stockpile or non-preferred items that collect in the back of the freezer or cabinet though. As a whole our budget doesn’t currently allow us to buy a ton of extras….besides my coffee money. I will watch what I am spending though to see if more is going out than I think.

Allyson - June 12, 2014

What a great idea! I used to be such a shopaholic, and then I had my son and really had not much desire to shop anymore! When things are getting out of control, I will definitely think back to this!

Angela S - June 12, 2014

I have never thought to go on a shopping diet before. Online shopping is my weakness.

    Christine Luken - June 12, 2014

    Mine too! Online shopping is so easy and impulsive.

Debbie Denny - June 12, 2014

That is an interesting plan. I go on spurts when I decide not to purchase anything extra.

Touristmeetstraveler - June 12, 2014

A shopping diet, I like the sound of that; I might need to go on one.

Dee - June 12, 2014

What a great idea. I LOVE the green dress. I do something similar with my girls’ clothes. I have an obsession with expensive boutique/smocked clothes for them, but I also am able to resell for about what I buy it for. I ONLY buy if I have money in that paypal account.

Jessica @EatSleepBe - June 12, 2014

I think my entire family is in need of one of these months right now. I feel like we could all use a little reminder to use what we already have.

Nicole Brady - June 12, 2014

I think I would be saving up my gift cards, working extra hard on rebates, etc just to be able to have the extra during the “diet” month. LOL. It’s a great concept – especially for someone who typically over-indulges in the shopping area.

Maria Oller - June 13, 2014

Wow I try to use the no buy rule every 2 months 1, mostly with make-up I’ve so much I end tossing most of it new to the trash

Liz Mays - June 13, 2014

You’re so smart to just cut it way down instead of completely out. That teaches you great budget discipline!

Ruby Ragar - June 13, 2014

I need to do this. I find myself buying so many things especially now that it’s yardsale season.

Mama to 5 BLessings - June 13, 2014

The green dress is really cute, I love the style.

Annie {Stowed Stuff} - June 13, 2014

Wow! I should try a shopping diet now that I’ve resigned from my job! Coffee at Dunks kills me!

Taralyn - June 13, 2014

This is such a good idea! I did a variation on this last year. I did no extra spending every month until I had earned the additional money we needed for our Florida vacation. It was eye opening! I need to do it again!

Lois Alter Mark - June 13, 2014

Oh, how my husband would love for me to go on this kind of diet! So impressive!

Aly Mashrah - June 13, 2014

I love that you do this! I’m going to do this too, I bet I’d save so much.


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