October Shopping Update

It has been about 3 months since I started this journey of not buying any clothes, shoes, or accessories until next July. It’s been about a month since my last update and I know I was feeling pretty strong and had no strong shopping urges.

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Since then we’ve hit another season and I have definitely had some twinges. I did kinda know this would happen. I mean I had done plenty of shopping before July and had plenty of summer items to wear. I’m not saying I don’t have plenty of fall and winter things to wear, but the cute new things are pulling at my heart strings.

My previous plan had been to just avoid, avoid, avoid. I unsubscribed from emails, would avoid walking into the women’s section at any clothing store, and would zip through any insta advertisements. I decided recently that that I may have to change my tactic.

The Target we currently live close to seems to have the biggest selection of women’s clothing and it’s hard not to see it as you walk through the store, but I never go into the section. I decided that it might be good for me to just go in and check out what they have and see if it’s stuff that I would buy to wear and use or just find to be pretty. As I walked through I realized it was more just stuff I found to be pretty.

This was a big relief as you can imagine and I left the store with no purchases. I still have no plans to resubscribe to emails, but I think if I get the urge to shop I will go do some “window” shopping. I think there’s something soothing about just seeing what’s out there and if it’s a need vs a want and something I would use more than once or twice.

Don’t get me wrong I have no issues purchasing a want over a need, but a part of this process was to figure out what pieces I use and gravitate towards and what pieces are missing from my wardrobe.

So far, I’m still enjoying the process. I still like figuring out what to wear from my own wardrobe instead of running out and buying something every time I feel like I have “nothing to wear.”

I hope you guys are enjoying these updates as much as I enjoy writing them up! Thanks for reading!

August Update on Cutting Down

I think my post went up for “cutting down” towards the end of July, but I started the whole process the beginning of July when we moved so I thought it would be a good time to give an update.

I’m not sure if I mentioned this, but I did unsubscribe from emails from a lot of retailers. I felt like between ads on Insta, YouTube, and Facebook I didn’t need more temptation. This has helped a lot because I’m not getting pummeled with deals from my favorite spots to shop AND I don’t feel like I am missing out on any great deals since I don’t know about them to start.

As a side note, this has made it much easier to clean out my inbox. I don’t wake up to 50 email notifications every morning.

I will say though that I haven’t felt tempted to buy anything yet. I am very surprised by this because I thought the itch would have started by now, but I am grateful it has stayed away. I don’t know if it’s because I am still settling in and figuring out a schedule and have been dealing with other stressors.

I do wonder if once things get into more of a normal routine I will feel more tempted to run to TJ Maxx or Target. Speaking of Target, the Target I live around has an incredible selection of clothes and accessories. I do avoid going into that department at all costs, but it does sometimes call to me as I am heading to check out.

I have learned about some gaps in my clothes and I have learned a little more about my likes and dislikes. For example, I learned that I enjoy a wider strap when it comes to dresses/tops and not a spaghetti strap mostly because I find strapless bras annoying. I’ve also noticed that I avoid certain pieces of clothing because of comfort, the way it looks on me, pattern, straps, whatever it may be.

Last but not least, because I don’t have the option of buying new clothes I have been doing a better job and wearing pieces I normally don’t and making sure I rotate through my clothes. I’ve definitely been wearing the crap outta all the clothes I brought in preparation for a hot summer.

I know it’s only been a little more than a month, but I am pretty proud of myself. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I am able to complete this challenge! I’ll do my best to continue to do a monthly update.

I am curious if any of you have done anything similar to this? If you have please feel free to leave any tips on how you did it and how it was for you.

What we’ve been up to

Let’s just say we are excited for things to settle down and build a routine and we’ve been working very hard on making that happen.

In terms of food….

Lots of avocado toast

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Burgers of the veggie and meat kind

Re-purposing take-out with broccoli, eggs and other things

Waffles and yogurt

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Ice-cream sandwiches…

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In terms of selling the house we’ve made a few repairs and gotten things in order to continue the escrow process. We are ready to be done!

We’ve also been selling things on FB market (thanks for the tip Mackenzie) in order to downsize and live a little more clutter free!

In terms of staying strong and healthy we’ve been working out (basically everyday since I had been waiting to start work). I continue cycling through our gym, the apartment gym, and HIIT at home. We’ve been loving post dinner walks when the weather cools down.

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For work-hubs started a while ago and I have completed hospital orientation and I am about to wrap up floor orientation.

I think that’s all for now, but let me know what’s going on in your lives! Talk to me in the comments below 🙂