Thursday, 11 April 2013

100 Day Spending Ban - Final Update!


Today is day 100 of my Spending Ban. I've actually finished the ban! I've finally reached the finish line, and I have to say I'm very proud of myself. The first time I tried a spending ban, I failed miserably. The second time I tried it, I put pressure on myself - firstly by announcing it to be a certainty among the blogging community and my friends & family - but also by creating that nifty little picture! Without all that pressure, I can imagine I probably would have failed yet again.

I thought for this update, I'd run through all the temptations of my previous updates, and let you know how much they have changed!

Update 1:
Essence Cherry Blossom Girl Collection - I ended up receiving practically the entire collection for my birthday, so luckily it didn't tempt me for too long! In retrospect however, I realise now I didn't need the whole collection.
Colette 50% off Sale - I'm so much fussier with what I'm spending my money on now! During the ban, my purse broke and I strolled into Colette thinking I'd find another one easily. I ended up being so fussy (since I knew I could only have one) that I ended up with nothing, and I'm still stuck with my broken purse!

Update 2:
My mum visiting - This was probably one of the hardest ones, because we always shop together, and she always has a lot of money to spend on goodies! She's visiting again just after my ban, so I guess we'll see how it goes. Although this time I think I'll be a little more frugal!
Ikea - Well I ended up with very few things from Ikea (only the things we actually needed) and the thought of going back there makes me excited, but when I think about it, I can't think of a single thing that I want?

Update 3:
My birthday spree - For those of you who don't know, my boyfriend let me go on a little spending spree for my birthday at his expense. I didn't end up with everything I thought I would, and found it difficult to even spend all the money (in Australia at least!) I was considering overspending and buying heaps of things online, but I couldn't do that to him! He offered me a similar experience for our anniversary just passed, and I found it super hard to even find anything online I wanted that fit the budget!
Clothing - With winter coming, I wanted a lot of new clothing! But, now that winter is practically here (damn Autumn in Melbourne!) I'm readjusting to my old wardrobe and haven't actually seen much that I like recently!

Update 4:
Essentials - I noted in my fourth update that just heading out to buy essentials was a huge temptation for me to buy more goodies! I needed more essentials a few days ago and found myself not even interested in them anymore! Usually I love the soap/hair care aisle in Coles, yet I didn't even go down there. I usually always make up an excuse to go down there.
A Growing Wishlist - Some people asked me if my wishlist has changed over the period of the ban, and it definitely has. I'm finding myself lusting after far less these days, and things I wanted before don't seem as important anymore.

Update 5:
Refining my wishlist - this is something that's still difficult actually. I decided I like more and more expensive things (instead of lots and lots of cheap things) and so it's still pretty tough to walk past Illamasqua or MAC and not pick something up. (Well, maybe not from the store, but from online where it's cheaper!)
Other blogs - Again, this will always be difficult, I think! Seeing something that somebody else has, all pretty and new, makes me want it! Although I've learnt to tell the difference between something that's just pretty, and something that's pretty and useful!

Update 6:
Parcel Forwarding Service - I actually put through a dummy order to see how it went, and seeing the price on the screen almost made me go "Oh that's too much!" But I decided it's a lot better than spending up big here, so I think discovering parcel forwarding is a good thing - yes, even for my wallet!
Highpoint - I went to Highpoint again in the past weekend, and luckily didn't buy anything. I mentioned one thing that was really tempting me was Topshop, and how badly I wanted to try out their makeup. Well, my boyfriend bought me a lipstick from Topshop as part of our anniversary present (he ended up picking things for me in the end!) and I'm so grateful! Although while in there, I didn't feel the need to buy everything! (Except maybe their socks!)

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So as you can see, I've really changed from the spend-crazed woman I used to be! I'm so much fussier now, and I'm finding myself less willing to give away my money on the first shiny lipstick I see! Although I still want a lot of things, I've had a lot of fun playing around with the makeup I already do own!

I really want to say a big thank you to everyone who supported me through. My boyfriend and my friends, my sister, and my mum. All of you took my shopping throughout this experience, and you all didn't let me spend. All of my blogging friends, who commented on my posts and encouraged me to keep going - that there was a light at the end of the tunnel! All of my PR contacts, who offered my goodies to review during this tough period - a big thank you to you all! I would never have made it if it weren't for all of you!

Prepare to see some hauls!
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36 comments

  1. You did a great job! I don't think I would have the willpower but I'm already a stickler on spending ;)

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    1. Thanks hun! I didn't think I'd be able to do it!

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  2. Yay! Congratulations for finishing the ban successfully :) if it were me I'd fall at the first hurdle :p can't wait to see your hauls :) xx

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    1. Thanks Marie! You swapping with me definitely helped the process hehe!
      xx

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  3. Good job :) I am inspired by your dedication . I wish i could resist buying stuff like you did.

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    1. Thank you! It was really tough, but after a while it became easier :)
      xx

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  4. Sounds like you've done so well! Congratulations on finishing it :) x

    www.bowtiedbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thank you! It was so tough but thank goodness it's finished haha! :)
      xx

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  5. Congratulations!! I can't wait to see a haul or two now it's over, especially now you'll be selective it'll all be great products.

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    1. Thank you! :D
      I can't wait to start hauling again haha but you're right, it'll all be good products because I'll be a bit more fussy :P
      xx

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  6. Congratulations on completing the spending ban so successfully!!!

    Liz
    chewylove.blogspot.com

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  7. Congrats, I think what you did is really cool, not something I think I would be able to commit to so good on ya

    Kayte x

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    1. Aw thank you :)
      It was really hard committing to it, but well worth it in the end :)
      xx

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  8. Congrats!!! I've given up on spending bans, I always fail :P I admire your dedication!

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    1. Thanks! I gave up on my first one because I failed, but I really stuck to this one :)
      xx

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  9. You did an amazing job, i don't i would have been able to last as long as you.

    jess xx
    dotofdaisy.blogspot.co.nz

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    1. Thanks, it was so tough haha! I didn't think I would last but once I got over the first 50 days, it became a bit easier :P
      xx

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  10. Congrats and well done!!! I honestly wouldn't be able to ban myself and I hear you, sister! IKEA just kills me every time, so I tend to go when I'm a bit tired and with a list of stuff I need. That way I'm not in the mood for walking around and I concentrate on getting what I need and getting out as quickly as possible :)

    xx

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    1. Thank you! Oh gosh Ikea is a death trap, isn't it! Although I like the idea about being tired... I'll have to try that next time! :D
      xx

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  11. YAAAAY CONGRATULATIONS JASMINE!!
    You did it, you go girl!!!
    You set a good example for us makeup hoarders who are close to being poor ;)

    Oh and thanks so much for putting my giveaway in your sidebar! As my first giveaway, that's quite exciting to me haha. Thanks so much of the support <3

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    1. THANKS SHERI!
      And that's okay! I'm so proud of you :D
      I didn't even know you had a YouTube channel! I watched one of your vids and laughed so much, you're so funny! (In a good way!)
      xx

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  12. Yay, congratulations! I am so very impressed! Though I didn't put myself on an 'official' ban I have been aware of my spending lately and trying to cut back. Like you I have noticed that if I wait a little while before purchasing something I find that it becomes not nearly as appealing as it once was...It must be so exciting to go on a spree now though! :)
    xx

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    1. Thank you Candice! I think I'll be the same now, I'll just be far more aware of my spending! (After I have a little spree maybe haha!)

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  13. Wow congratulations on reaching 100 days, what an accomplishment! I always fail at spending bans... things tempt me too well! It's great to hear that you lust for products much less- I definitely should try to change my mindset too :) What an awesome boyfriend to give you a budget to buy some things but shame that it didn't allow for much! I really want to try parcel forwarding but I'm not sure how I would go about doing it, how do you do yours? Congratulations again for all that willpower!

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    1. Thanks Karen! My boyfriend was so supportive throughout the whole thing so it definitely made it easier!
      I have never actually done the parcel forwarding service but many of the gorgeous beauty bloggers I chat to have, they usually use Price USA or Hop Shop Go, depending on what they're shipping over! :)

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  14. You go girlfriend! I feel like I've been on the same spending ban as you without even realising it since I've really limited my spendings in comparison to the me from last year (or the year before, haha). It really puts you into perspective when you reflect back on the could-have-been purchases. I'm proud of myself and I can only imagine how extremely proud you must be of yourself too! My birthday is coming up next month and my boyfriend offered to do just as your boyfriend did so I'm super excited but also need to remember to keep the same mindset to shop for practicality. :) x

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    1. Hahaha thank you! And woo go you too!
      Ahhh our boyfriends are the best, aren't they haha! Shopping spree is the best gift possible :P
      But good for you too! xx

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  15. Congratulations on making it to the end!

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  16. Congratulations, hun. It's such a wonderful achievement, I know how hard it must've been for you. :)

    I find that I don't really need to go on spending bans per se because I often just find myself going through phases where I'm really uninterested in buying stuff. Having a small flat with limited storage space really helps. :)

    Most of the things I buy these days are because they are great value and I know they will come in handy! Limited editions are hard to resist though. :)

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    1. Aw thank you hun! I know you know how hard it was, you had to put up with my constant twitter complaining haha!
      I'm pretty sure my mindset will be like that now because half way through I sort of got disinterested with even looking at stuff! I'd hate to live in a smaller place with less storage, but I can imagine it's good for the wallet haha!
      Limited Editions are the worst! :P
      Thanks again hun! xx

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  17. Congratulations lovely! I loved reading all of your updates, I can't believe it's been 100 days already :) time flies!

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    1. Oh thank you Mishelle! That means so much to me :)

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  18. Wow!!! 100 days of no spending! I am so so proud of you! It's funny how you realise what you actually don't need when you put yourself on a ban like that. I'm about to go on a spending ban too but that's because a) I'm looking for a new job so no spending for awhile b)I'll be going on a holiday in September so might as well save up for then! Lovely to meet you at Salon Melbourne on Sunday btw! xx

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    1. Thank you Norlin! It really is funny, I can't believe how much stuff I wanted but now don't even care about!
      Sounds like you've got some good reasons for no spending though! Good luck with the new job!
      And it was SO nice to meet you as well! It's been too long :)
      xx

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Thursday, 11 April 2013

100 Day Spending Ban - Final Update!


Today is day 100 of my Spending Ban. I've actually finished the ban! I've finally reached the finish line, and I have to say I'm very proud of myself. The first time I tried a spending ban, I failed miserably. The second time I tried it, I put pressure on myself - firstly by announcing it to be a certainty among the blogging community and my friends & family - but also by creating that nifty little picture! Without all that pressure, I can imagine I probably would have failed yet again.

I thought for this update, I'd run through all the temptations of my previous updates, and let you know how much they have changed!

Update 1:
Essence Cherry Blossom Girl Collection - I ended up receiving practically the entire collection for my birthday, so luckily it didn't tempt me for too long! In retrospect however, I realise now I didn't need the whole collection.
Colette 50% off Sale - I'm so much fussier with what I'm spending my money on now! During the ban, my purse broke and I strolled into Colette thinking I'd find another one easily. I ended up being so fussy (since I knew I could only have one) that I ended up with nothing, and I'm still stuck with my broken purse!

Update 2:
My mum visiting - This was probably one of the hardest ones, because we always shop together, and she always has a lot of money to spend on goodies! She's visiting again just after my ban, so I guess we'll see how it goes. Although this time I think I'll be a little more frugal!
Ikea - Well I ended up with very few things from Ikea (only the things we actually needed) and the thought of going back there makes me excited, but when I think about it, I can't think of a single thing that I want?

Update 3:
My birthday spree - For those of you who don't know, my boyfriend let me go on a little spending spree for my birthday at his expense. I didn't end up with everything I thought I would, and found it difficult to even spend all the money (in Australia at least!) I was considering overspending and buying heaps of things online, but I couldn't do that to him! He offered me a similar experience for our anniversary just passed, and I found it super hard to even find anything online I wanted that fit the budget!
Clothing - With winter coming, I wanted a lot of new clothing! But, now that winter is practically here (damn Autumn in Melbourne!) I'm readjusting to my old wardrobe and haven't actually seen much that I like recently!

Update 4:
Essentials - I noted in my fourth update that just heading out to buy essentials was a huge temptation for me to buy more goodies! I needed more essentials a few days ago and found myself not even interested in them anymore! Usually I love the soap/hair care aisle in Coles, yet I didn't even go down there. I usually always make up an excuse to go down there.
A Growing Wishlist - Some people asked me if my wishlist has changed over the period of the ban, and it definitely has. I'm finding myself lusting after far less these days, and things I wanted before don't seem as important anymore.

Update 5:
Refining my wishlist - this is something that's still difficult actually. I decided I like more and more expensive things (instead of lots and lots of cheap things) and so it's still pretty tough to walk past Illamasqua or MAC and not pick something up. (Well, maybe not from the store, but from online where it's cheaper!)
Other blogs - Again, this will always be difficult, I think! Seeing something that somebody else has, all pretty and new, makes me want it! Although I've learnt to tell the difference between something that's just pretty, and something that's pretty and useful!

Update 6:
Parcel Forwarding Service - I actually put through a dummy order to see how it went, and seeing the price on the screen almost made me go "Oh that's too much!" But I decided it's a lot better than spending up big here, so I think discovering parcel forwarding is a good thing - yes, even for my wallet!
Highpoint - I went to Highpoint again in the past weekend, and luckily didn't buy anything. I mentioned one thing that was really tempting me was Topshop, and how badly I wanted to try out their makeup. Well, my boyfriend bought me a lipstick from Topshop as part of our anniversary present (he ended up picking things for me in the end!) and I'm so grateful! Although while in there, I didn't feel the need to buy everything! (Except maybe their socks!)

--

So as you can see, I've really changed from the spend-crazed woman I used to be! I'm so much fussier now, and I'm finding myself less willing to give away my money on the first shiny lipstick I see! Although I still want a lot of things, I've had a lot of fun playing around with the makeup I already do own!

I really want to say a big thank you to everyone who supported me through. My boyfriend and my friends, my sister, and my mum. All of you took my shopping throughout this experience, and you all didn't let me spend. All of my blogging friends, who commented on my posts and encouraged me to keep going - that there was a light at the end of the tunnel! All of my PR contacts, who offered my goodies to review during this tough period - a big thank you to you all! I would never have made it if it weren't for all of you!

Prepare to see some hauls!

36 comments:

  1. You did a great job! I don't think I would have the willpower but I'm already a stickler on spending ;)

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    1. Thanks hun! I didn't think I'd be able to do it!

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  2. Yay! Congratulations for finishing the ban successfully :) if it were me I'd fall at the first hurdle :p can't wait to see your hauls :) xx

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    1. Thanks Marie! You swapping with me definitely helped the process hehe!
      xx

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  3. Good job :) I am inspired by your dedication . I wish i could resist buying stuff like you did.

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    1. Thank you! It was really tough, but after a while it became easier :)
      xx

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  4. Sounds like you've done so well! Congratulations on finishing it :) x

    www.bowtiedbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thank you! It was so tough but thank goodness it's finished haha! :)
      xx

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  5. Congratulations!! I can't wait to see a haul or two now it's over, especially now you'll be selective it'll all be great products.

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    1. Thank you! :D
      I can't wait to start hauling again haha but you're right, it'll all be good products because I'll be a bit more fussy :P
      xx

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  6. Congratulations on completing the spending ban so successfully!!!

    Liz
    chewylove.blogspot.com

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  7. Congrats, I think what you did is really cool, not something I think I would be able to commit to so good on ya

    Kayte x

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    1. Aw thank you :)
      It was really hard committing to it, but well worth it in the end :)
      xx

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  8. Congrats!!! I've given up on spending bans, I always fail :P I admire your dedication!

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    1. Thanks! I gave up on my first one because I failed, but I really stuck to this one :)
      xx

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  9. You did an amazing job, i don't i would have been able to last as long as you.

    jess xx
    dotofdaisy.blogspot.co.nz

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    1. Thanks, it was so tough haha! I didn't think I would last but once I got over the first 50 days, it became a bit easier :P
      xx

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  10. Congrats and well done!!! I honestly wouldn't be able to ban myself and I hear you, sister! IKEA just kills me every time, so I tend to go when I'm a bit tired and with a list of stuff I need. That way I'm not in the mood for walking around and I concentrate on getting what I need and getting out as quickly as possible :)

    xx

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    1. Thank you! Oh gosh Ikea is a death trap, isn't it! Although I like the idea about being tired... I'll have to try that next time! :D
      xx

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  11. YAAAAY CONGRATULATIONS JASMINE!!
    You did it, you go girl!!!
    You set a good example for us makeup hoarders who are close to being poor ;)

    Oh and thanks so much for putting my giveaway in your sidebar! As my first giveaway, that's quite exciting to me haha. Thanks so much of the support <3

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    1. THANKS SHERI!
      And that's okay! I'm so proud of you :D
      I didn't even know you had a YouTube channel! I watched one of your vids and laughed so much, you're so funny! (In a good way!)
      xx

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  12. Yay, congratulations! I am so very impressed! Though I didn't put myself on an 'official' ban I have been aware of my spending lately and trying to cut back. Like you I have noticed that if I wait a little while before purchasing something I find that it becomes not nearly as appealing as it once was...It must be so exciting to go on a spree now though! :)
    xx

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    1. Thank you Candice! I think I'll be the same now, I'll just be far more aware of my spending! (After I have a little spree maybe haha!)

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  13. Wow congratulations on reaching 100 days, what an accomplishment! I always fail at spending bans... things tempt me too well! It's great to hear that you lust for products much less- I definitely should try to change my mindset too :) What an awesome boyfriend to give you a budget to buy some things but shame that it didn't allow for much! I really want to try parcel forwarding but I'm not sure how I would go about doing it, how do you do yours? Congratulations again for all that willpower!

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    1. Thanks Karen! My boyfriend was so supportive throughout the whole thing so it definitely made it easier!
      I have never actually done the parcel forwarding service but many of the gorgeous beauty bloggers I chat to have, they usually use Price USA or Hop Shop Go, depending on what they're shipping over! :)

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  14. You go girlfriend! I feel like I've been on the same spending ban as you without even realising it since I've really limited my spendings in comparison to the me from last year (or the year before, haha). It really puts you into perspective when you reflect back on the could-have-been purchases. I'm proud of myself and I can only imagine how extremely proud you must be of yourself too! My birthday is coming up next month and my boyfriend offered to do just as your boyfriend did so I'm super excited but also need to remember to keep the same mindset to shop for practicality. :) x

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    1. Hahaha thank you! And woo go you too!
      Ahhh our boyfriends are the best, aren't they haha! Shopping spree is the best gift possible :P
      But good for you too! xx

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  15. Congratulations on making it to the end!

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  16. Congratulations, hun. It's such a wonderful achievement, I know how hard it must've been for you. :)

    I find that I don't really need to go on spending bans per se because I often just find myself going through phases where I'm really uninterested in buying stuff. Having a small flat with limited storage space really helps. :)

    Most of the things I buy these days are because they are great value and I know they will come in handy! Limited editions are hard to resist though. :)

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    1. Aw thank you hun! I know you know how hard it was, you had to put up with my constant twitter complaining haha!
      I'm pretty sure my mindset will be like that now because half way through I sort of got disinterested with even looking at stuff! I'd hate to live in a smaller place with less storage, but I can imagine it's good for the wallet haha!
      Limited Editions are the worst! :P
      Thanks again hun! xx

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  17. Congratulations lovely! I loved reading all of your updates, I can't believe it's been 100 days already :) time flies!

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    1. Oh thank you Mishelle! That means so much to me :)

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  18. Wow!!! 100 days of no spending! I am so so proud of you! It's funny how you realise what you actually don't need when you put yourself on a ban like that. I'm about to go on a spending ban too but that's because a) I'm looking for a new job so no spending for awhile b)I'll be going on a holiday in September so might as well save up for then! Lovely to meet you at Salon Melbourne on Sunday btw! xx

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    1. Thank you Norlin! It really is funny, I can't believe how much stuff I wanted but now don't even care about!
      Sounds like you've got some good reasons for no spending though! Good luck with the new job!
      And it was SO nice to meet you as well! It's been too long :)
      xx

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