I am completely ashamed to say that I failed my 2-week spending ban. I had decided to try and do a ban for just two weeks in order to see if I could do it but also to make myself think more about purchases.
My first fail came when I realized I needed to order the artificial grass for my balcony. This mini project is something that’s been on the go for a little while and in order to get use of my balcony more in the warmer month’s, I knew if I was going to do it I needed to just bite the bullet and order it so this blew about £100 straight away. I know this is a purchase I’d thought about, researched and wasn’t spur of the moment but it just didn’t start me off in the right way.
The next thing happened when I fell in love with a light in B&Q which was typically discontinued. I have been saying for ages I wanted to update the light fixings in my flat because I have some cheap plastic hanging things which I’ve had since I moved in 4 and a half years ago, crikey where does the time go?! I was going to wait and not buy this light but after looking online and seeing how few were about and that it wasn’t available for home delivery I ordered it from the store and that was another £75 spent. The good thing was I haven’t ordered anything for the other five light fixings I need to replace despite knowing which one’s I want. In order to not splurge too much, I am going to stagger these purchases and try and wait out until I get some freelance/ blog month through so it doesn’t feel as much like it’s coming from my normal bank account spending.
As well as the two larger purchases it happened to be Amazon Prime day during my spending ban which was a pain. I’d thought about getting an echo dot for a while and when it was reduced from £50 to £35 I thought it was as good a chance as any to grab one, and while I did a new brush holder, a book on coding and a hair drying brush just happened to fall into my online basket too.
So as you can see my spending ban didn’t go all that well and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to properly do one so I’m going to change it up and do two different things. Firstly I am going to start writing down what I spend on things so I can look back and properly see how much I am spending, perhaps at some point this will scare me into spending less. And secondly, I am thinking about starting a monthly series of ‘Things I’ve Bought This Month‘ again to think about exactly what I am buying.