Thursday, 2 March 2017

Why I Have Abandoned My Spending Ban 14 Days In.

It took me 14 days of being on a spending ban (and breaking it by buying the marie kondo spark joy book) to realise that right now in my life it is not for me. As with my past issues with eating, I am an all or nothing kind of person and I realised that this spending ban was pushing me into an almost binge and starve cycle. Everyday I was so concerned about what I was allowed to spend that day, I began trying to cut down on essentials in attempts to feel virtuous by having a no spend day. I was getting quite close to the point where I inevitably would push myself into a crazy spending spree and I was determined not to let that happen.

I watched the minimalists documentary on Netflix last week and its really put some things into perspective for me. I think a lot of the YouTube videos I had watched regarding minimalism had put me off because they seemed to involve living in very white houses with very little possessions, however the documentary points out its more about surrounding yourself with things you really cherish rather than having things because society tells you that you need them. For example, I have a collection of magnets on my fridge that Tom and I have collected from all of our holidays together. I love seeing them each morning when I am making my breakfast and thinking about all the adventures we have been on and those we have left to take! I thought that by trying to be more minimalist I would have to get rid of these.

Anyway, my plan moving forward is to be more mindful of my spending. So I am still sticking with my plan not to buy any toiletries until my current ones run out (This has been an ongoing project and you can see my latest Empties posts here and here)

Charlotte Lucy

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