I failed. Gosh that sounds terrible, but I failed my spending diet (two days before the official end date too!). To be fair, I failed for the betterment if my blog, but as my boyfriend would say "that's not a valid excuse". (Click here and here for the previous posts about my spending diet).
I will quit babbling about the fact that I failed and get into specifics on why this happened.
Before officially starting the spending diet I had reached out to a photographer friend of mine to help me out and take a few pictures of me to use on the blog. We talked about doing it but never officially set up a time that the shoot would actually happen.
A few weeks ago we finally scheduled a day to do the photo shoot. It was scheduled for this past Sunday (aka end day for the spending diet). I freaked out. I had nothing to wear (so I thought) I had no jewelry to go with outfits (this is actually true, I barely owned any jewelry at the time).
Anyways, in my moment of panic, the Friday before, I went to H&M and found the perfect outfit for the shoot and bought it. Then Saturday I went to Charming Charlie and bought some jewelry to compliment the outfits (click here for the blog post about the jewelry I got).
Buying clothes for a shoot while I have a closet full of them wasn't an excuse to break my spending diet. I shouldn't have done it, but I had a moment of weakness.
Even after that moment of weakness I did have some clarity on what I learned during my spending diet. I don't always have to go shopping to have a fun and fulfilling life. There are plenty of other fun and cheap / free things to do to pass the time.
During my time away from the wallet I was able to get caught up on movie watching, we had a couple lovely dinners with friends over the house and we even went on vacation to my boyfriends lake house. All with spending minimal money.
Truth be told, I didn't really think about what I wanted to buy during the time I spent not shopping. The first week was tough but I know I was tougher. The true test now will be to see if I can tone down my spending now that I have given myself the ability to spend again.
I plan on developing a "budget" for myself. The air quotes is because typical budgets stress me out. My fake budget might be that I can treat myself to one thing every paycheck, but who knows.
I was able to take away from this test on my psyche what I was secretly hoping I could do all along. I was able to survive without constantly getting new things. I have been able to utilize items that I already had, I even got to use up products I had and start using ones in my stash instead of going out and buying them.
Would I do a spending diet again? Absolutely Would I amp it up and challenge myself not to shop for a year? Most likely not, life comes in the way, priorities happen. It was important to me to have this photo shoot in a fresh outfit so that you guys could learn more about me (seriously the lack of personal photos on my about page is getting to me too!).
Sometimes you have to give in for something important. Mostly I came away from this more conscious of my shopping habits and the fact that I can survive if I don't go shopping for a while.