Shopping Ban Update: This is Harder Than it Looks!

feb-17{ Tee Shirt and Cardigan: Old Navy, Scarf: Indian Market}

If you are new here (welcome!) you might want to check out these posts on my current shopping ban:

Part One: Why I’m on a Self-Imposed Shopping Ban Ā 

Part Two: Things I’m Currently Coveting Thanks to the Shopping Ban

I really thought this whole shopping ban thing was going to be easy, a piece of cake in fact; but I wasn’t counting on the fact that I’d have to give up cake and shopping at the same time. Now that I’m on a gluten free diet, it seems all I can think about are things I can’t eat, and can’t buy. The good news is, I’ve become quite resourceful, this weekend I put my hair in a bun (see above), painted an old pair of shoes red, and invented 12 new quinoa recipes. All of a sudden, “use what you’ve got” has taken on a whole new meaning.

It’s strange because I’ve never considered myself the type of person that shops to fill some sort of emotional void, or for momentary happiness, but I certainly miss it a lot. Last week I was itching to buy something; a new eye liner, some tights, a long sleeve tee, anything that would give me that happy feeling of owing something new, even though I know that feeling only lasts a few moments.

To keep my mind off shopping and food, I’ve been diving head first into reading, I haven’t read this much in years; my credit cards is taking a much needed vacation and my library card is racking up the metaphorical miles. I’ve touched on biographies, sewing guides, south asian literature, travel books, and wrapped up the whole Shopaholic series, (ironic I know.) It seems pretty strange that I’ve got all this free time all of a sudden since I didn’t go out with the intent to shop very often, but I was in the habit of going to the mall or some local shops just to look around once or twice a week. Now, I go to the library instead.Ā 

There is still 6 weeks to go in my shopping ban and I’m feeling totally confident that I’m going to make it, and even better; I don’t think I’ll go crazy shopping after it either. I’ll be waiting patiently for the items on my wish list to go on sale instead!

Anyone else on a shopping ban or done one before? How did it turn out for you?



  1. February 21, 2013 / 10:43 am

    Shopping bans and me always end in absolute epic failure. I seem to last 3 weeks and then BUY!!!!!

    • February 23, 2013 / 10:44 am

      You can do it Jane! I’m certainly feeling the urge a lot lately, especially because I’ve been invited to some awesome events in March! It’s totally worth it though because I think I’ll come out on the other side with a greater appreciation for buying things I just love to pieces!

  2. Pin Sandhu
    March 4, 2013 / 11:40 pm

    Way to go Raj! I’ve had no-shops for 2 months at a time when I put myself through one university degree and then a Masters degree! It’s hard work but pays off. To help I saved a little every week for “strictly spending money” so the longer I did not spend, the more I saved to shop with! This is a good incentive šŸ™‚

  3. Pin Sandhu
    March 5, 2013 / 12:03 am

    Ooh just read your other parts to this post and I had an idea, have you ever thought of a clothing swap with the women you know? I have been sitting on this idea for awhile and think its perfect for you!! It’s like shopping but without spending anything šŸ™‚ You purge what you don’t want and swap it out for things you do want from others!! If no one likes anything it’s at least a good laugh and fun activity to maybe model the fashions and hang out with all ladies! Food for thought šŸ™‚