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January 2016

The Ultimate Shopping Ban Guide: Part 2

January 25, 2016

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This is Part 2 of a two-part series on how to start and successfully complete a shopping ban. In Part 1, I shared five things you can do to prepare for it, from decluttering and taking stock of what you already own, to opening a separate savings account you can put all the money you save by not shopping. Once you’ve completed those steps (especially writing the three lists you’ll need!), you can start your ban.

Today, I’m going to cover some of the things you’ll experience and need to work through, as you’re in the midst of it. The toughest time period for me to get through was the first 30-60 days, but there are still challenges and temptations I face today – 18 months into my own two-year ban! The truth is, setting yourself up to start a shopping ban is easy, compared to what you’ll have to do during it.

Here are my suggestions for what you can expect and how to deal with it, starting with outside sources (a.k.a. the people in your life)…

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The Ultimate Shopping Ban Guide: Part 1

January 18, 2016

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Over the past couple of months, I’ve received countless comments, emails, tweets, and messages telling me you’re ready to make 2016 the year of the shopping ban. Whether you’re doing one for 30 days, 90 days, 6 months or 1 year, my first response is always HECK YES!

I just crossed the 18-month mark of my own two-year shopping ban and it’s truly changed the way I think about money and stuff. I am now fully aware of what I value in life, which means I’m wasting less money on stuff I don’t, spending (some of) it on the things I do and keeping more of it in the bank. I went from saving 5-10% of my income each month, to saving 20-30% and still getting to do what I love (travel). I’ve also kicked a few bad spending habits, some of which I’d had for over a decade. And I no longer feel like I’m depriving myself of anything, because I have finally accepted myself for who I am, and know I can’t buy anything that will make me or my life better than it already is.

So, when someone tells me they want to do a shopping ban, I think HECK YES, because I wish everyone could change their spending habits, become conscious consumers, get to do more of what they love and feel the way I do…

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December 2015 Budget & Goals for the First 90 Days of 2016

January 4, 2016

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Happy New Year, friends! I have to start 2016 by thanking you all for leaving such sweet and thoughtful comments on last week’s post. I had wanted to write about so many of those things all year, but couldn’t do it until I’d gotten some distance from everything. On New Year’s Eve, I took an idea from Elizabeth Gilbert, grabbed a piece of paper, wrote down all the events in 2015 that I needed to let go of and threw it in the fire. It’s more symbolic than anything, but it felt good to see some of those things disappear. I’m ready for – no, I need – a simpler year in 2016

Before it can truly begin, though, I still have a few things to wrap-up so I can put 2015 behind me – and it starts with the numbers. Continue Reading…