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Why do I like shopping?!

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Shopping! Why is it so hard to say no?  Why can't I skip a month of shopping and buy the "must" items the following month?  Where is that discipline I so desperately need?

I guess I prefer immediate gratification. I don't do well with delayed gratification. When I get what I like quickly there seems to be some happy brain activity going on. Except that "happiness" is temporary.  I know that! I've known that! Does it stop me from shopping? No! Sadly, it does not!

There are SO many items in my closet that haven not seen the day-light in a looong time.
And it doesn't help that my "slight" weight gain is making it a little harder to fit into my beloved jeans and skirts...and therefore I "need" new things. Or do I? Is that just an excuse?  Perhaps I should work with what I already got and can fit in...which, lets face the truth, is a lot...and it can all be found in my packed closet.

Ideally, I would like to make the month of October a NO SHOPPING month. One exception: Boots!
Can I do it? Honestly, I don't know!  I've done it in the past, way before this blog way born.
But one thing I do know is that I will give a serious try. For realz!

22 comments

  1. Ohhh that is such a hard thing to do! I have made the same excuse though, since I gained 5lbs in Italy. I need new jeans! Best of luck to you!

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  2. I'm with you Lilly! I just went to Banana and bought two pairs of much needed jeans. But I've decided I'm going on a no shopping ban too, at least for three or four weeks. We will see how we do! Let's be strong!

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  3. Don't worry. I can't say no as well.

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  4. I'm with you Lilly, I have to mentally prepare myself to not spend any money when I go to Target to get bread or milk. Yet i somehow end up coming out with something whether it's clothing, accessories or make up. I say we make this a challenge, no clothes shopping for october except for buying 1 fall essential!

    I'm going to give it a shot too!

    Nikki
    Fashionsonthefly.blogspot.com

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  5. You've gained weight? You still look as slim and perfect as ever to me!!
    Good luck in October girl--stay strong! It's all about mental toughness. Which I don't have at all, lol.
    xoxo

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  6. I'm going through the exact same problem!

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  7. Good luck Lilly! I did a no-spend month a couple of years ago - it was a fun challenge, because it let me see how much unneccessary spending I do (in a no-spend month you only buy groceries...that's it, no beauty products, no clothes, no eating out etc).

    I love shopping - finding the perfect piece in store or online is just SO satisfying...but sometimes it's important to appreciate what I have instead of looking for the next big thing.

    Keep us updated :-)

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  8. I could never do this. I think I would internally explode. I'm way too far gone into compulsive shopaholicness.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  9. I was 'thinking' about doing this too, but I don't think I can...I am still looking for fall boots and well, I cannot give up thrifting, I am addicted! :)

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  10. Shopping diets are tough- so much of the fun of shopping is the instant gratification, I know exactly what you mean. But imagine the sense of accomplishment you feel if you even manage to get through a few weeks ;) It will get you a long way, I promise!
    xox,
    Cee
    http://cocoandvera.blogspot.com

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  11. ugh, i SO need to do this, what with christmas coming up ever so soon.

    BUT when you're a stay-at-home wife, sometimes going to the store is the ONLY thing i do out of the house, the only reason to put on a cute outfit. sooo....it's really hard NOT to shop!

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  12. It's so fun --that's the hard part! Unfortunately, handing over the moola isn't quite as fun as wearing the new stuff. Having a fashion blog definitely doesn't help! I'm with you on this.

    I find that listing my daily expenses helps when I'm trying to cut back on spending because the numbers are there staring me in the face.

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  13. I did this for the month of September. I last 3 weeks.... hahaha
    ~Veronica

    love your blog!!

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  14. You can do it! I put myself on a shopping ban for this month and I'm almost done! I've tried for several months before this and failed miserably, but somehow telling someone else that I was on a shopping ban made me stick to it. I seriously can't believe that I'm almost done with it. I think you can do it, Lilly!

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  15. It is so hard not to shop! Especially at the changing of the seasons because of all the new clothes in the stores! I like instant gratification too, but since I also have a closet full of clothes I have become more selective. Except when I am sad or mad, then I go crazy and shop! Thanks for stopping by, Heather

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  16. I'm with you, too, Lilly! I have no money though, so it's easier to not shop right now ;) I'm trying to lose the extra lbs. I've put on recently so I don't have to go charge up a new wardrobe... sigh.

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  17. You can totally do it! A month will fly by before you know it.

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  18. I'm so with you, I have been spending like crazy these past few months. I know I should stop but I can't! There are so many lovely things out there... My husband is worried about the financial crisis and I feel so guilty spending when I should be saving... UGH!

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  19. Good luck! i know i cannot survive without shopping. I too have a problem.

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  20. Girls, thank you for your support and tips :)
    I'm hoping to last at lease a few weeks. For those that want to go on a shopping ban as well...girls let's do it.

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  21. I am with you!! I really really need to not shop for a bit! My goal is to NOT shop the whole month of October. It's going to be hard but I think i can do it!!

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  22. i did this for the month of september. i lasted all month. but the next two months have more than made up for it. good luck! keep us posted.

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