It’s no secret that I love shopping. But I admit occasionally it can get out of hand – even if I get something on sale, or I buy it opshopped/vintage or I purchase things after selling other things on eBay – I’m still accumulating more stuff and driving a desire to keep wanting more and never being content with what I already have.
We as a society get so consumed with wanting more and wanting the best right now. Many of us have long ‘wish lists’ of desirable items but it never ends. Online shopping has made it worse as you can buy something in a matter of seconds and the temptation is 24/7 even at home.
So I’ve decided to participate in Frugal February this month, a whole month to not buying anything new for myself. To take a break and evaluate the things I have and whether the things I want are really things I still want a month later. So why February you may ask? Well, most of the massive sales will have ended and being the shortest month of the year will make it easier for shopping addicts like me.
I know I’m a massive consumer. I will always love shopping, beautiful clothes and accessories. To many people I may seem materialistic and spend too much money on frivolous things, but I can assure you that my life isn’t just about designer shoes and bags. I’m not perfect but I do know that the pretty things I buy is just ‘stuff’ at the end of the day, and just like our health we should look after our money responsibly too.
One month may seem to easy to some of you but for hard core shopping addicts like me, it still will be a challenge!
So here are my rules that I’ll be applying for Frugal February:
- No spending on vanity purchases such as clothes, accessories, beauty products, jewellery, and electronics (unless something breaks or I’ve run out of something).
- Culling wardrobe and selling on eBay and Gumtree but not automatically spending the money. Just because I’ve sold things I don’t think it’s being frugal because I haven’t really cut down on accumulating. It also gives me a month to evaluate and think about what to do with the savings.
- Donate clothes and items to charity.
- Look around for specials when buying groceries.
You can really adapt and adjust to make your own rules but the heart of it is to not over spend on non-essential items and to save more. Some people cut out all social functions as well, but that would be too difficult for me this month due to Chinese New Year and a few other social functions (including a wedding) that I’ve already committed to.
During this challenge I really want to appreciate and love what I already have, and if I don’t, give it to someone else who will.
What do you think of Frugal February? Check out LovethyMuse who is doing this challenge too. Anyone else joining in on the challenge?
Linking with Jess from IBOT.