Those of you who know me for reals (yo) will attest to the fact that I’m a bit of a shopaholic. Oh alright a lot of a shopaholic who owns so much stuff that she frequently forgets what she already owns and goes out to buy the same thing over and over. The amount of stuff I have has been starting to get me down and so, inspired by my lovely friend Holly from Shopaholly I am about to undertake something that may or may not be the death of me. Dramatic much?
LONG TALL ALLY IS STOPPING SHOPPING…
I feel that this is where there should be a massive crack of thunder and an ominous lightning strike above the roof of my house as the universe recoils in horror at the thought of me abandoning my Visa. Obviously I can’t abandon it completely as a girl still has to eat but on the whole my flexible friend is going to be staying in my wallet for most things. Tomorrow is D-day, the start of 365 days of frugal familiarity as I reacquaint myself with the things I already own. In preparation for putting my plastic on ice I have drawn up some rules and had a little farewell shop today which was actually pretty boring as I needed some new shoes for work, an external hard drive and some toiletries – not exactly the most exciting of farewells!
Things LTA can’t buy:
Food: Takeaways/fast food or alcohol – an utter waste of money and I don’t like how they make me feel so they’re outta here! Also, sorry Mr Sandwich Man but you’ve just lost a customer.
Magazines: I spend a LOT on magazines each month so in order to stop buying trash when I could read the gossip on the internet for free I’ve subscribed to my two favourites and will look forward to them plopping onto the doormat at the start of each month. Plus it was only £20 for both for a year which is an utter bargain, saving me a massive £47.20!
Clothes, Shoes and Bags: There’s just no need for me to buy anything else in this category…. EVER. Exceptions being if I need new grundies or gym wear or if a miracle happens and I suddenly lose loads of weight like shit off a greasy shovel and have to buy a new wardrobe to spare my dignity. Ooh look, is that a pig flying past?
Non Essential Toiletries: I’m the proud owner of an IKEA Helmer unit which is pack-jammed full of makeup, lotions, potions and balms. I could probably makeover the whole of Southampton using the contents of the drawers and so relying on that once my usual makeup runs out will be a nice challenge and hopefully get me out of the makeup rut I’m currently in. I treated myself to a bottle of perfume today from Cheap Smells which was 48% cheaper than in the shops and also had free postage – my last little indulgence.
Jewellery and Accessories: See clothing, shoes and bags. I could open my own branch of Accessorize and if there’s something I need for a specific event then I can always borrow something suitable from the girl council.
CD’s, DVD’s, Books: I thought about whether I could give up buying books for a year and then I looked round my room at my heaving bookshelves crammed with books I’ve never read and figured yeah, I probably could. It might even enable me to catch up on my book backlog. Between a combination of what I already own, friends’ collections and the local library I’ll be okay.
Stationery: My weakness, I’m a stationery hoarder. I can kiss goodbye to going near Staples for the next year as every time I come out of there I’m lugging a massive Santa style sack of goodies that are neatly stacked in my bedroom for use ‘one day’. I’m one of those freaks who can’t bear to write in a crisp new notepad. I better get over this little quirk quickly or I’ll be writing on the back of my hand for the next year…!
Things LTA can buy: AWOOGA!
Food: Obviously I can’t stop buying food (as much as the skinny girl inside me trying to get out would want me to) but I can shop smarter. Gone is the mini shop every few days which is a killer on the bank balance and in comes the weekly shop *gasp*. I know, it’s a bloody revelation.
Petrol: A full tank, once a month with the goal being to make it last longer than a month…. Wish me luck!
Essential Toiletries: When the stuff I’m using runs out then I can replace it. But only when it runs out of course…. Although if there is a great offer on shampoo or conditioner which I get through at a rate of knots then I’m allowed to stock up. I’ve also finally sorted a pre-pay card for my prescriptions which will save me £155 a year *gulp*
Presents: I did consider giving up buying birthday pressies for my nearest and dearest but you know what, I like them too much for that and I’ve been told I’m pretty good at present buying so who am I to deprive the masses. I am going to try and be a bit more creative with my gift buying as after all, price doesn’t = love.
So… There it is in all it’s glory. Argh. In a bid to become less of a consumer I’m also going to be having a huge clear out with a massive eBay sale to come of anything I can put my hand to in my room that I haven’t used in 18 months or can’t see myself using in the future. Sadly this won’t include the Mulberry’s though… sorry ladies!
Why am I doing all this? Well I’m hoping to end the cycle of feeling like I need to buy things to make myself feel better or to get over a bored day or just because. I know it’s going to be a challenge and I’m honestly cacking my pants but I’m hoping that this time next year I’ll be able to see a lasting change in my shopping habits (and my savings account!). Wish me luck!