I've mentioned in a couple blog posts from this month that I'm currently in the middle of a four week long shopping fast, so I wanted today's post to explain a little bit more about what this is and why I decided to do it.
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My definition of a shopping fast means no shopping for fun or anything unnecessary for the duration of the fast, which I have set at four weeks. That means no online shopping, no strolling the mall or local boutiques after work, and just no personal shopping in general during this time! I made sure to stock up before I began this on a few beauty essentials that I use in my daily routine. I was going to do the shopping fast through the whole month of May, but I didn't want to miss out on Memorial Day sales, which can be some of the best of the year after Black Friday, so I began the fast a few days early at the end of of April, and I'll finish it at Memorial Day Weekend.
So why exactly am I doing this? And more specially, why now? Here are my reasons:
1. Moving out of state is EXPENSIVE: This one is kind of self-explanatory, but true. Moving out of state each summer when I was in college was an expense for sure, but nothing even close to doing a full blown out of state move. I am really thankful that my parents were able to help me out this time around with a lot of the major expenses (although that probably won't happen next time around!), BUT there was a still a lot that I had to pay for too. Things that you don't think about... like tipping your movers and all of the DMV fees that you have to pay upon arriving in your new state. That all adds up fast. And it adds up even faster when those things and other things come due before you've had your first paycheck! Needless to say, my bank account definitely needs some time to recover after having a lot of expenses all at once like that.
2. Budgeting is difficult (especially when you're bad at math): A fun fact about radio: even though I am 100% convinced I have the best job in the world, the one downside of it is that I don't work in the highest paying field. Starting pay in radio is really low, and that's an unavoidable fact. To me it's worth it- because my career satisfaction makes up for the lower salary! But a lower starting salary means that I have to be really money conscious and stick to my budget (which I'm in the process of making). Unfortunately for me, math of any type has never been my forte. It's helping me this month as I figure out necessary expenses to completely eliminate the unnecessary ones.
3. I've been reevaluating and appreciating things I already own: Taking a month off from shopping might seem really unusual for a fashion blogger to do... after all, one of my jobs here on the blog is to keep up with the latest trends and styles, and the report on them and style them for y'all! But one problem that I do see sometimes in the blogging world is materialism creeping in to someone's life and starting to take over. There's absolutely nothing wrong with being a girly girl who loves clothes, shoes, makeup and trends. But there is a problem when this starts to become an obsession, someone's money starts going only to fund shopping habits, and someone believes they find their worth in material things. That's a big NOPE! When you spend so much of your time each week working on your blog (or even just as a reader of blogs) it can be hard sometimes to notice materialism creeping in. Buy cutting out shopping for a month, it will help me to focus on other priorities, and also realize how much stuff I already have! Seriously- I gave away a ton of stuff before I moved, but I STILL have a closet FULL of clothes and accessories!
So those are my reasons behind my shopping fast! I'm already looking forward to the Memorial Day Weekend Sales, but surprisingly starting this month hasn't been as hard as I thought it would be. (Although I do really have my eye on this pair of sunglasses- haha!)
Have you ever partaken in a shopping fast before? Let me know in the comments!!
Hope y'all are having a great week. I have a busy day coming up tomorrow with more radio events after my show- I love having a job that keeps my week interesting!
xoxo Annaliese (or Charlotte XO on the radio!)