No.Shop.November. Sounds insane, right? Let me explain…
Last October, a fellow shop-a-holic friend of mine and I quietly admitted that we were coming to terms with our shopping, “problem.” If you’ve ever raced home to a waiting package, hung it up, and destroyed the evidence before anyone took notice of your new item, you’ve got a problem. If your credit card number is saved in the checkout section of an online store you frequent, you’ve got a problem. If you have more than 10 items with tags on them in your closet, you’ve got a problem. Catch my drift?
Since our spending was getting out of control and the holidays were fast approaching, we decided to challenge ourselves to throw in the towel. We banned shopping for ourselves for the month of November.
What? We banned ourselves from shopping for ourselves for one month.
Why? A few reasons, really. One, our spending was getting excessive. Two, we needed to actually start wearing the clothes we had been buying all year. And lastly, the holidays should really be a time to focus on giving, and we wanted to dedicate our time to shopping for gifts for others.
How? We signed a contract agreement with a witness present detailing our commitment, and the rules. We supported each other at the breaking points. We still got to shop for other people, which made things a lot easier. Annnnnd we cheated a little bit. BUT we realized that this is something we can absolutely do, if we fully commit.
So, when recently faced with the same problem as last October, we took it upon ourselves to make No Shop November an annual tradition. We have signed our contract (allowing the purchase of only beauty products that we previously owned and have completely run out of), and the fact that I am telling you all about it right now means that I am really making this known and holding myself accountable.
What to expect? I might feel cranky at first. (I’ll try not to take it out on you.) I’ll be in gift-giving mode. (Family & friends, please have your wishlists ready.) Money unspent is money saved. (My wallet will be happy.) I’ll be wearing some things you may or may not have ever seen before. (I’ll try to keep it exciting.) My Wednesday Wishlists will change over to Wednesday Gift Lists.
Wish me luck, my friends!! And for anyone that feels inspired: are you up for the No Shop November challenge?!