After coming out with the fact that I failed my spending fast, I received very kind comments on how to revamp the challenge in order to success. Thank you guys for commenting, your comments mean so much to me.
Lol new year new me and since I failed my last challenge, new year new challenge.
So after much deliberating whether or not to challenge myself again in public (because if I fail again it would be so embarrassing you know), I decided to do it again.
Another spending fast.
With updated rules, because going cold turkey just made my inner teenage self rebel against the rules.
But first, what I learned from my previous challenge are…
Don’t start before the sale season
Some people say that don’t buy during the sale season because you tend to purchase something that you don’t truly need. But for me, I mostly shop during the sale season. And the reason is because the items that I want to buy are ridiculously overpriced if I were to pay in full. But when they are reduced by 40%, they become fair-priced for what they are. Like for example, I bought both of my Isabel Marant Etoile boots during the sale season (deBijenkorf do twice a year) and they both are amazing purchases. I love them both to bits and they got worn a lot.
Going cold turkey doesn’t work for me
Since I’m a very difficult person, if I were told that I can’t do something, I will make it my mission to actually do it to perfection. So here we are, a pair of boots, a dress, and a pair of airPods later.
I do a lot of window shopping
When I said a lot, I mean a lot. So first order of business is to delete all store apps on my mobile phone. I always check online consignment stores waiting for a good deal for a handbag that I want. But dude, a lot of my time spent just stalking those websites. Enough is enough. I’m trying to swap the urge to window shop by reading. So I have been toting my Kindle wherever I go (even at home).
I guess it’s pointless to do spending fast without knowing & understanding why I’m doing it in the first place.
I’m doing this because I don’t want to see the things I own and question myself why the heck did I spend money for this
Every item I buy from now on has to stay on a wish list at least for a month. To avoid buyer remorse and ultimately throwing away money. I need to think long an hard before dropping the ca$h on said item. Also be honest to myself that I don’t have anything similar in my possession already. Because even though I want to have a neatly curated closet, I don’t really care that much if my jacket is black instead of dark grey. I also need to understand that although wearing dresses everyday looks so pretty on Donna (from Suits), it doesn’t fit my lifestyle and my own style. I need to get over the idea of wanting to mimic somebody’s style.
I want to set a budget for how much I can spend for shopping and that would be €3000. This amount is very high because I have been trying to save up for a bag. In 2017 I didn’t buy a single bag for the whole year. Instead I sold a few bags from my collection. So a large chunk of that money is going to be directed towards purchasing a new bag.
In 2017 I didn’t purchase that much beauty items so there won’t be any rules on buying makeup or skincare. I have been pretty chill with my makeup purchases. Who would have thought??? I used to fall asleep to a makeup tutorial when I was still studying. And since I’m pretty sure I will be doing my own makeup, I allow myself to buy some stuff that I need. Not hating on Indonesian makeup artists but I really don’t want to get married looking like that. I won’t feel like myself. So I decided to just do my own makeup. I will probably look less ‘done’ than the guests but I don’t want to look at my wedding pictures not liking how I looked.
Re-reading what I have typed so far I feel like it’s so stupid calling it a ‘Spending Fast’ if I know I will be buying stuff. Oh well, whatever it’s called, you know what I mean :P
So I guess that is it for the post, I have spent way too long on typing this. Let’s just hit publish and go about my day.
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