Do you ever feel overwhelmed or fatigued by the number of things being constantly sold to you? Often we’ll jump on to Instagram or Facebook and be assaulted by stories from our favourite bloggers sharing the new “must have” item for their wardrobe, face, kitchen or kids. It’s a lot. Especially because most of us live with a finite amount of money in the bank and the desire to have more, own more, spend more really conflicts with our bank balance. This weekend (after receiving a few DM’s) Kim and I realised the role we play in this hyper-consumerist world and to be honest, it’s not something we’re really happy about. We don’t want you to come to our blog or Insta and feel like you have to buy things you don’t need and we definitely don’t want to give off the impression that we are constantly buying things, because that couldn’t be further from the truth. We started this blog to show you how possible it is to live a beautiful life without breaking the bank and in the last few weeks we’ve kind of strayed from that ethos.
WE’VE GOT A CHALLENGE FOR YOU!
For the month of June, we’d like to challenge ourselves and you to stop spending. Wait, what?! Yes, you heard right. We are doing a “no-buy” month and it starts on the 1st of June. Now, you might be wondering, “What does a no-buy month entail, Nikki?”. Let me tell you! A no-buy challenge involves choosing a period of time in which you spend no money on unnecessary things. It’s a really great way to reset your spending habits and really evaluate what triggers your purchase decisions and also get to know your existing wardrobe a bit better.
Kim and I thought we’d take things even further so in addition to not spending any unnecessary money, we’re also going to take a month off from sharing and linking to all the tempting finds.
We’ve decided to do the challenge for a full calendar month, but you could do whatever feels realistic for you, whether that’s a weekend, a week or a full month.
SO WHAT ARE THE RULES?
We’ve decided that for this to be truly effective, we need to set some ground rules. Relax, we don’t want you to lock away your credit card (at least not yet). We’ve set these rules based on what we know of our spending habits and what we know would be realistic for us. So here goes:
Internet/ Data/ Phone
Eating out, coffees and drinks
Take away lunches
Takeaways in general
Beauty product shopping
Nails and hair services
TIPS TO HELP YOU GET STARTED
In order to be successful, it’s vital that you are as realistic as possible. Here are a few tips to ensure you meet your goals:
Figure out how you’re going to do it – I have unsubscribed from all the mailers that trigger my spending. Not shopping will be easier if I am not constantly reminded of all the sales and items I could be buying.
Decide how long you want to keep going – the point of the challenge is to reset bad spending habits, if you feel you could do that in a week, then do it for a week.
Stick to the rules – bending the rules once, opens the door for bending the rules all the time.
Research free times – date night and activities for the kids are important, so spend some time researching what you could be doing while still sticking to the rules.
Kim and I will be sharing practical tips on maximising your wardrobe, ideas of free dates and things to do instead of brunch and loads more useful content throughout the month of June. So I guess all that’s left to ask is, who’s joining us?