No Shopping Challenge

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Let’s take a little trip down memory lane. Remember when I started my dressing like a Frenchwoman experiment and realized how easy it was to repeat the same look all the time and still look cute? Meaning my wardrobe was small and easy to mix-and-match?

WELL. I fell off the wagon a little bit. Not totally off where I’m rolling in the mud beneath the wheels, but I’m kind of flopping backwards in the danger zone. I got into my old habit of buying things that are a good deal even if I don’t really need them and they’re starting to pile up. I do like all of them, and I’ve been good about wearing most things, but still. Our teensy little closet is going to overflow unless I re-group, so that’s what I’m doing.

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It’s not like I need anything else, so I decided it was time to become one the stuff I already own and issue myself a No Shopping Challenge: no buying any clothes, shoes, or accessories from October 1st until January 1st. If my math is correct that’s 92 days. (And now that I’ve actually done the math, know that it feels like an eternity.) Since a quarter of the year is nothing to sneeze at AND it includes the holidays, I decided to bang out some specific rules for myself:

1. I can buy clothes/shoes/jewelry as gifts for other people.

2. I’m allowed to receive those items for Christmas and my birthday, which is also in December.

3. I can refashion pieces I already own.

4. I’m still allowed to buy tights/panty hose because snags are a real and present danger.

Otherwise, I have to rock what I have. I’ve done shorter spending freezes in the past and always ended up discovering awesome “new” outfits, so I’m hoping that will happen again. If nothing else, I’ll discover what I’m not really wearing and it can go to GoodWill on January 2nd. Oh! And we’ll save some money. That’s what Hubsey is most excited about.

Do any of you want to join in? I TOTALLY understand if you don’t, but it would be fun to have a buddy! If you’re interested, let me know in the comments. Maybe we can organize a monthly check-in? Chat about new outfits we’ve discovered? I’ll figure it out Have you ever done a spending freeze for something else?

17 Comments
  • Heidi
    September 30, 2014

    Ok, I’m in. Maybe it’s more of a “default I’m in” because I just squandered a bunch of my craft show money on shoes/clothing. However, I did pick up many items that I think you’d qualify as staples– jeans, two dresses from Old Navy (one in black and one in gray), leggings, a belt, the booties (ok, I may have also bought a black pair of Clarks booties too), camis, and a couple new sweaters. Essentially, most of what I purchased were things I can layer and use along with items I already have, or they are replacing things that were on their last leg. So with that in mind, I’m totally in. Let’s do this!

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      September 30, 2014

      Yes! Boom! Since I still technically have today to get anything else, I might do a quick check before I start working and go remedy any holes. I always feel like I never have enough sweaters, and now that you mention leggings…

  • Heather
    September 30, 2014

    I’m in, too. I fall into the same trap as you do with buying things simply because it’s just too good of a deal to pass up. I’m interested to see how much I save and what treasures I’m able to find hidden in drawers and in the back of my closet during the next 92 days! And since I’m already almost done with my handmade Christmas gifts, I’m hoping this will help me start saving money better, too! Thanks for the challenge – sometimes you just need a little push and some friendly motivation to do something you know you’ve needed to do for a while!!

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      September 30, 2014

      Woo! I’m glad people are excited about this, too! I was afraid I’d be the only one.

      Also–almost done with Christmas gifts?! Dang. I haven’t even started.

  • Lindsey
    September 30, 2014

    I said I’m in on Facebook. But I’m putting this here b/c I need to be majorly held accountable. My problem is Target. My work is far to close to one and I end up going all the time during my lunch break. And I never walk out spending just $5. It’s a lot more. I love this idea Paige.

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      September 30, 2014

      Ugh, TARGET. I have less luck with clothes there because I’m so tall, but shoes find their way into my cart all the time.

  • Duni
    September 30, 2014

    I really like your number 3 rule. Sometimes I go through my older clothes and get all excited about refashioning them 🙂

  • Marilyn
    September 30, 2014

    I would join you, but it wouldn’t be fair because I seem to have developed a t-shirt collection and I’m not ready to kick that habit yet – at least I acknowledge there’s a problem. But good luck to you!! =D

  • Claudia
    September 30, 2014

    I have actually been starting to deal with my over spending problem for the past two weeks! I am totally joining this challenge, although in addition to this, I’m adding my overspending on fancy food products that I don’t need. I spend way too much on expensive cheese & jams!

  • Edi
    September 30, 2014

    This is a great time of year for the challenge. Saving up for Christmas and getting creative with your wardrobe 🙂

  • Marieken
    October 1, 2014

    That’s quite the challenge! Sale starts here just before or after christmas, so I’m not sure if I’ll manage to not buy anything until the end of the challenge, but I’d love to give it a go 🙂 Except for shoes, I really need one extra pair of shoes for winter….

  • Mary
    October 1, 2014

    I’m actually trying to do the opposite. I need to gear up to buy some clothes because I really need some things now that the weather will be getting cooler. I don’t shop often, so I usually end up realizing it’s 2 degrees outside, and I only have a couple sweaters with holes in them…or something like that. I literally have one pair of jeans and one pair of corduroys, both are like 12 years old. And I really need shoes. I usually buy one pair of “winter shoes” a year that I wear every day until I wear them out.

    I think I’m also going to do a closet clean out soon because I do have some things I can’t wear that are practically new. I always just take everything to good will, but maybe I’ll try to do a “shop my closet” or something online. I have a lot of things that I only wore once or never wore because they didn’t fit me right, but are still really cute. So basically, half my closet is stuff I don’t wear at all, and half is stuff that’s on it’s last leg.

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      October 1, 2014

      Oh man, you win the no shopping award! I have jeans that are about 4 years old and I felt accomplished about that. Hahaha. I’m an amateur.

      I used to do the whole “I think this fits but now that I’m putting it on again it’s weird” thing and I’d have a pile of barely-worn stuff, too. A couple of years ago I got really picky about what I would actually buy and that helped a lot. I’d get dazzled by trends before and they weren’t as flattering as my “uniform.”

  • Ayla
    October 1, 2014

    I would love to join you!! But, I have a feeling I’m gonna have to buy clothes in the upcoming months. I’ve been losing weight and I’m already starting to notice some of my clothes are too big. I do plan to cut back on my shopping since student loans are kicking in so I’ll sort of follow along!

  • Dusty
    October 2, 2014

    Count me and my bestie in! This is just what we need as incentive and a community of people to hold us accountable.

    And I just have to say, #4 is a necessity. Why do new tights/panty hose ALWAYS get a snag after just a few wears? Someone needs to make those things more durable.

    Can’t wait to follow along with everyone 🙂

  • Kristen
    October 6, 2014

    I can’t believe you’re not going to buy any clothes until the end of the year! The sales! Gah!!! But good for you- my closet is again overflowing and I need to curb the habit, though I really could use a few new pairs of shoes. I’m kind of trying to follow the one-in, one-out rule, although it doesn’t work well with sweaters. Oops.

  • mia @ mossyjojo
    November 11, 2014

    oh paige .. what a challenge! and you picked the hardest months to do … it’s holiday season where sales are everywhere 🙂 I usually shop mostly for others. but i may like to reward myself during holiday season. so i think i may have to say no to this one lol

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