Shopping Ban One Month Update

It’s been one month since I started my year-long shopping ban. It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing, but I’m back on track.


I finished the pot of Estee Lauder moisturizer I was using. Instead of rushing out to buy the Olay moisturizer I want, I found another moisturizer I had stashed away that I’m going to use up instead.

I needed a dress to wear to a wedding this weekend. I thought about renting, but because I’m going straight from a work trip to the wedding, I would’ve needed an 8-day rental. Those start at $48. A lot of the shopping bans I’ve seen have been for minimalist reasons, since my motivations are more financial renting wasn’t the best choice for me. I found a great dress on Amazon for under $30 that I used gift cards for, costing me nothing out of pocket. And after I wear the dress this weekend, I’ll probably wash it and resell it to make some of that back. If you have an event coming up, I highly recommend this dress. It comes in a ton of colors, has pockets, and no one would guess you only paid $28 for it. I originally bought in a small, and ended up exchanging for an XS.


Only a couple weeks into my shopping ban, one of my favorite brands did a huge warehouse sale. They had all kinds of crazy markdowns on items I’d had my eye on and I caved and participated in the sale. In my first month I was up against the Nordstrom Sale, this warehouse sale, and Prime Day. I managed to avoid the NSale and Prime Day, but I was bound to fail somewhere.

What I’ve Learned

I’ve unsubscribed from all of the promotional emails I was receiving. If I’m not getting notifications about sales and great deals, it’s easier to avoid them and not think about browsing for something new I don’t need.

I’ve also muted some of my favorite Instagram accounts. I love following Carly Jean Los Angeles and a couple big fashion bloggers, but when all of their posts and stories are encouraging me to buy something or check out this item on sale, it’s too easy to swipe up. By avoiding these feeds, I’m avoiding a lot of temptation.

While I have made a couple really great purchases in the last few months (mostly jeans), most of the clothes I buy I don’t really love or eliminate the need for something else I already have in my closet.