Spending Ban: What I Learned

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In what I see as a triumph and a great exercise of my self-control, I attempted and succeeded at a spending ban last month! Woo! I won't say it wasn't difficult - my wishlists are definitely a bit longer after four weeks of filling online shopping carts and abandoning them. But it was well worth it. Here are my biggest takeaways:

Shopping for the Right Reasons

The spending ban helped me to recognize that I am not always shopping for the right reasons. Often, particularly with beauty, I buy something just because I read something good about it and can't help but want to try it right away, even though I probably already own alternatives that work just as well. Giving into hype happens, but now I'm feeling more confident I can avoid doing so so often.

Appreciate Old Favorites

As I ran out of certain products this month, I was forced to go back to old ones I had abandoned, and it was honestly amazing. There are so many good products out there, its easy to forget about the ones you already know and love. Revisiting them was so fun. The same goes for clothes. I'm definitely the type to feel like I need some new clothes every season, and that's just not very feasible. So when it comes to transitioning to fall, I'll mostly be shopping my own closet for neglected items and figuring out new ways to style them.

Achieving Goals

Short-term goals are great, but I think nothing feels as good as achieving long-term goals. I'm currently trying to save up for after I graduate college in the spring, and it was honestly such a good feeling seeing my savings account creep a little higher than normal last month. I'll be regularly reminding myself that a new lipstick might make me happy for a couple of weeks, but getting my own apartment next year would be even better.

So, what did I end up buying after a month of no spending? (It was gonna happen!) I tried to keep it to necessities. Kevin Murphy Re.Store is much needed for my post-summer hair that needs major TLC and a good replacement for conditioner I just ran out of. DryBar's Southern Belle mousse was likewise a replacement for a product I'd run out of. And to top it off, I picked up a mini Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil to - once again - replace something I'd run out of. Not too shabby right?

Have you tried out a spending ban? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

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