Shopping Ban: Getting Started With The Year Of Less

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I recently finished reading The Year Of Less by Cait Flander’s where she goes on a shopping ban for a whole year.

Cait who is now an author, podcaster, and traveler has been on a mindful journey since she started her blog which was earlier known as “Blonde on a Budget”.

And with this self-help memoir, she goes on to share her journey of living with less, what she discovers and learns.

While turning the pages of this wonderfully written book, it made me realize how mindless I am with my consumption.

With technology, money, and even everything that I tend to take for granted.

Her writing has sparked a great inspiration to try out the shopping ban myself.

For the whole 12 months this coming month.

Reasons for going on a shopping ban

As you may already know, I’m on a timeline to quit my job in the next 18 months.

And one of the biggest things I’m doing is saving more money in preparation.

By going on a shopping ban, I know I’ll be able to become more watchful on how I spend money.

Besides who would want to pass on an opportunity to save more money?

More reasons you might consider going on a shopping ban yourself;

  • You will save more money!
  • It’s a journey that may lead to self-discovery
  • You’ll become more mindful
  • Learn to only live on what you need
  • You will have the opportunity to de-clutter and get rid of what you don’t already use

Steps to get started

At the end of her book, Cait gives out the 10 steps to get you started with the shopping ban.

Which I’ll list below as they are the steps I’ll be taking in preparation for starting my year of less in July 2020.

  1. Declutter your home
  2. Take inventory
  3. Write three lists
    • Essentials list
    • Nonessentials list
    • Approved shopping list
  4. Unsubscribe from all store/coupon newsletters
  5. Set up shopping ban savings account
  6. Tell everyone you know
  7. Replace costly habits with free/cheap alternatives
  8. Pay attention to your triggers and change your reaction
  9. Learn to live without or become more resourceful
  10. Appreciate what you have

My plan is to use both the 100 days challenge and the shopping ban to propel me to the right direction.

And mainly to develop self-discipline.

So be on the lookout next week for where I explain the whole 10 steps and how I went through it all.

If you are as excited as I am, be sure to join in and let’s get started together.

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