Based on Cait Flanders’ shopping ban, I’ve decided that I’m going to commit to a yearlong shopping ban in 2018. The reason I want to do this is because I have some pretty big goals in 2018.
- Pay down my debt
- Complete a yearlong shopping ban.
- Improve my income by 25%.
- Track my income and expenses for the year.
- Experience all the fun and FREE things one can do in Hamilton.
I’m going to base most of my shopping ban rules on Cait’s rules because they’re pretty simple and – I’m hoping – easy to follow.
What I’m allowed to shop for:
- Basic groceries (cutting down on the fancy cheeses!)
- Personal hygeine products (shampoo, conditioner, tampons, etc.)
- Any minimal makeup I regularly use (only after the previous makeup has been used up)
- Cleaning products
- Supplies for gifts (I love to knit and crochet, so guess what you’re all getting for your birthdays and Christmas in 2018?)
- Clothing that needs replacing.
- Business expenses (but nothing that isn’t absolutely necessary.)
What I’m not allowed to shop for:
- Concert tickets (This one’s going to be hard, but there are a ton of free shows in Hamilton. We’re a music city!)
- No fancy cheeses!
- Extraneous makeup, personal products, clothing, or shoes (nail polishes, lipsticks, lotions, etc. I got plenty of clothes AND lotions!)
- Books, magazines, notebooks, cards (This year I’m going to shop my bookshelf, then donate the books. I also have enough notebooks to last me the year and then some. I can also make my own cards because I have cardstock that can easily be turned into cards.)
- Household decor (My new place is already filled to the brim with stuff that I need to find new homes for anyway.)
- Electronics and appliances (again – no room for them! And I’ve found that I’m actually getting by just fine without them anyway.)
I’m also going to do my best to use services like Bunz Trading Zone Hamilton and Buds Tradiing Zone Hamilton on Facebook to trade for things. That way I can find new homes for my possessions, creating more space, and I will be able to save some money as well.
Featured Image: Clara Peeters – Still Life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels, 1685 (Wikipedia)