Bit of a dramatic title – its sounds like we’re trying to survive the apocalypse!However, in all seriousness, for a beauty/shopping lover trying to curb you’re spending is hard work!As I’ve recently made the switch to working from home, I’m really having to take a long hard look at my outgoings and try to make cuts. For now, beauty splurges and buying random crap are officially on the back burner!I’ve never done a spending ban before. I usually stick to a budget but I have managed to do better than expected. Here’s a few things I’ve found that’s really helped:
* Avoid going into shops where you usually spend money
I’m still going shopping as I need to buy essentials, such as food and other necessities. I’ve managed to avoid places like Boots and Superdrug – places where I’m likely to cave in. If I start browsing makeup stands I will easily break.
* Don’t open emails from retailers
I’ve had so many emails with offers from Look Fantastic, Feel Unique etc. I’ve deleted every one so far as I know I’ll be really tempted if I open them and see an amazing offer. If you’re on a spending ban and think you might be tempted by emails, you could always unsubscribe for the time being.
* Avoid money saving websites
I normally stalk moneysavingexpert and HDUK to find all the best online bargains but I’ve been avoiding them for the past few weeks. I’ve taken them off my favourites bar for now as I know how tempting spotting an amazing steal can be.
* Allow yourself a treat
OK its cheating but letting yourself have one small treat in the middle of a spending ban just makes it so much easier.
* Make the most of what you already have
I have a few products that I completely forgot I owned, so using them again has sort of made up for the lack of new things. I also think swapping products/clothes with friends is also a great idea for when you’re on ban – its a great way of trying new things for free!
* Start saving towards a product/purchase
I’m currently thinking about buying a new winter coat so any spare pennies are being put to one side. Its actually quite satisfying saving up for something rather than just splashing out on a whim.
Do you have any tips for a spending ban?