Shopping Ban – Rules & Regs

Based off of Cait Flanders book “The Year of Less” I’ve designed my own shopping ban experiment to be run from 6/20/2018 until 1/1/2019 with the hopes of saving money by spending less, develop healthier financial habits, embracing a more minimalist lifestyle & improving my style by learning to prioritize spending money only on items I really love and/or need. I’m going to blog about it here on my site under the #FixFinances tab because historically I’ve never held myself accountable and having this experience all in writing will help me do that.

Start date 6/20/2018
Confidence I’ll complete this experiment successfully: 60%

-still in development-

Approved Purchases

  • Gasoline
  • Groceries
  • Cosmetics*
  • Hygiene items*
  • Decor*
  • $200 monthly out-to-eat budget
  • gifts for others

Not Allowed

  • Food at work/cafeteria food
  • Going out to eat
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Craft supplies*
  • Plants
  • Decor*
  • Cosmetics (New)
  • anything for the van
  • Ordering photo prints*

*replacing items only, no new additions
*Decor can be purchased ONLY if (1) all bills/saving goals are completed for the month (2) an additional shift is worked specifically for the item BEFORE purchase & lastly, (3) decor is only allowed to be purchased with cash as a single-item purchase.
*If I complete all the scrap-booking projects I’ve had in boxes for years I am allowed to order prints for ONE new project at a time. i.e. if I’ve completed all previous projects and want to make a Peru page I can only order photos for that specific project but not multiple projects at a time EVEN if it’s cheaper to order in bulk.


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