I completed the 150 day spending ban!

Hello everyone!

Its been a while hasn't it! You probably thought I may have fallen off the wagon since my last update. Well quite the opposite, I stayed true to my ban and yesterday marked my first day of freedom! Wahoo!!!! 
*cartwheels*

The reason I didn't do any spending ban updates was simply because I wasn't spending money, I wasn't going out too much and well... thats about it! Would have made for a boring weekly update wouldn't you agree? I did buy some holiday clothes - after all can't go on holiday flip flopless can I? But this was never a clothing ban, this was a beauty ban and honestly, I could do with some new clothes as the same striped top is getting pretty old!

OK so how do I feel? Am I changed woman?

I can honestly say with my hand on my heart this ban has been the best thing i've ever done. I haven't bought any make up (well a couple of little slip ups but every boots trip, every website I went on... nothing!) for almost 6 months. Sure I slipped up, I caved for MAC Archie Girls and the Urban Decay Oz palettes, but honestly, they were great buys. They were things I wanted, have used and am pretty happy with, no regrets here guys!

Before this ban, I was uncontrollable. Buying stuff almost every single day with a credit card debit upto my ears and an overdraft to match. Sure I've still got a hell of a credit card debt, but I'm out of my overdraft and my finances are on the up! I've managed to afford a wonderful holiday to Florida in 10 days with a nice little kitty of spending money to match. You should never let yourself get to that point, all cards maxed to the limit, and I intend to never get that way again for the sake of make up. Sure it makes me happy for that split second I am ripping open the box, but I'd rather have money to do nice things like go on holiday than buy what I probably already have sitting in a drawer somewhere.
Compared with what I am now, I can't imagine frivolously buying things after this ban. I have actually learnt the value of money. Before I didn't wince at £20 for a blusher, but now I know its bloody ridiculous and while yes, the blusher is pretty, I probably have one like it. I have taken to researching things I want, waiting to see if I still want it a few days later and using up things in my current stash before buying something similar. The spending ban was great for me and I'm so glad I did it!

So if you are looking at your stash thinking "god thats a lot of stuff" or cringing at your bank statement like I was, then I can't recommend a spending ban enough. I think it was easier for me as I actually wanted to quit the habit. Much like smoking, its easier when you want to quit, you are in a different mindset and a lot more motivated! Don't worry if you make one or even two purchases - get right back on that horse! At the end of the day concentrate on what you have saved not what you haven't. Over the ban yeah I spent about £150 but I saved thousands. I used to spend £800 on make up a month which is absolutely ridiculous, but over the course of the ban I'm not worried about the £150 I did spend but rather, I'm proud of the money I didn't!

So thats my spending ban done, I'm a free woman! Would you like to see a tips post or all the empties I collected over 150 days? :)

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And what would any spending ban post be without a picture of my silly mug at Disneyworld! 9 days! :D

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  1. To go from £800 per month to spending £150 in 6 months is AMAZING!!!

    :D xx

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    1. Thank you so much Juyey, I'm super proud! I've had a few people say "yeah but you still broke your ban"... but thats not the point to me. It would have been amazing if I had gone 150 without a single purchase but alas, the point is what I did save and what I did achieve as opposed to what I didn't :) Thank you for always commenting and supporting me though Juyey, I wouldn't have been able to do it or been as strong without all the lovely comments of support each week :D

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  2. Good lord, 800 quid on makeup per month? I wish I could go on such a crazy spending spree lol xD But I can imagine in the long haul it's not so great, especially for the wallet. Congratulations on the self control and holding yourself back. ^^

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    1. I know, totally mental and I'm really ashamed of how much I used to spend. Doing the spending ban has really helped, its been like being in shoppers rehab and I'm glad now I've gained some perspective :)

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    2. Haha, I can imagine you being in a shopaholic anonymous group a la confessions of a shopaholic lol xD (btw if it's a sensitive topic, i'm not taking the piss, just light hearted convo and i actually do wish I could spend 800 quid on a shopping spree) I've lived in Dubai for most of my life and seen lots of women spend much more (usually using their husband's money) on things so...could be worse? XD

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    3. Oh no - its not a sensitive topic at all! I'm completely open and honest :) I mean yeah, I am ashamed because looking back that is a ridiculous amount of money to spend on make up but I wanted to be completely honest with my readers about how much i used to spend. It was insanity and honestly, I look back and think to myself, a lot of the purchases wasn't worth it and I would return them if I could! Just goes to show how much we girls spend on a whim!

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  3. So proud of you for getting this far and spending so little! You definitely deserve your trip to Florida, so excited for you! <3

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    1. Thanks Amy :) And thank you so much for all your support! Couldn't have done it without ya! :)

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  4. Very well done, I completely agree that memories and holidays are worth a lot more than material things. Have fun in Florida, very jealous :)
    Gem

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  5. Congratulations! That's a serious habit you have broken there! Enjoy Florida! :) x

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  6. Congrats woman! I am admiring you and you did so well! I completely agree - experiences and memories are worth much more than another blusher or lipstick. I think I needed these words, because I've been lusting too much after items I don't actually need! X

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    1. Haha I'm glad to have helped in some way :)

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  7. P.S. I can't wait for your Florida holidays post - please take lots of photos! X

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    1. I definitely will! I am planning on doing a daily diary :)

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  8. Congratulations girl! I am really so proud of you for having the strength to do this!
    I can't belive you used to spend £800 a month on make up, you must own like everything haha XD

    I never thought of the spending ban as a way to go like cold turkey and break a habit
    Might have to consider one of these for myself now, you've really proved it can work wonders!
    and you deserve your awesome holiday :D

    SAMI★SPOON

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    1. Thanks Sami, I really appreciate your kind words and also a huge thank you for constantly supporting me with your comments :) Means a lot! Haha yeah my stash is pretty ridiculous, a lot of stuff I don't use because I just bought it without thinking! ;/

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  9. Im so proud! You've inspired me to try and sort my spending out. And now you can enjoy it with a trip to Florida :D

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    1. Thanks Cat, I'm glad I inpsired you! You can do it! If I can do it anyone can :)

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  10. Congrats! And omg Disney!!!!!!! Wow!!!

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    1. Thanks lovely :) Great to see you back again btw :D

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  11. Woohoo- congrats! I know this is no small feat; definitely not easy! So glad to hear it was a positive experience and that you're treating yourself with a trip soon :)

    -Jen

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    1. Thank you Jen and thanks for all of your support over the last few months with your kind comments :) Definitely kept me going!

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  12. Awesome job! You should be really proud of yourself!

    xoxo aly

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  13. Congratulations! I'm so proud of you! You're amazing! :)

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    1. Thank you :) That means a lot! <3<3

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  14. Well done - and hope you have a fantastic holiday!

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  15. Congratulations! Its such a big achievement! I fail in under a week on most of mine! Well done! xox

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    1. Thank you Katie :) Don't worry about "failing" as such, as long as you keep at it thats all that matters :)

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  16. Wow, good for you! I'm OK financially but I do buy way more makeup than I need. I don't even wear lipstick and I have a whole shoe box full and I have two boxes of foundations but only use 2 or 3. I could do with a spending ban just to get my collection in control and saving some extramoney would be a bonus! xx

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    1. A spending ban would definitely help! My stash, while its still pretty big, has been cut down a lot! :)

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  17. Well done! That is some achievement! :) x

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  18. Well done! You did so well, i have ended up with a lot of debt from over spending on things i don't need so can understand where your coming from. i haven't bought make up in over a month & the longer i leave it the less i actually want to buy.
    well done again hun. xx

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    1. Thank you lovely :) I really appreciate it! <3

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  19. Yay! So happy for you! Congrats! I would love to see all the empties you've used up! Hope you enjoy your Disney trip!

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    1. Thanks Melissa and thank you for all your support and lovely comments over the course of my ban :) Couldn't of done it without you <3

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  20. Oh my god! I had no idea your spending bad had gone on this long... you must be so incredibly proud of yourself honey. I honestly don't think I have the restraint, strength and determination to do a spending ban, even though I reaaaaaally need one. I bet you're so excited about your trip to Florida, just think of all that super cheap US drugstore makeup :P xxxx

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    1. Haha thanks Gemma! If I can do it you can do it too I'm sure of it :) And you get a lot of support from the community too :) <3

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