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If your reading this, your probably trying to find a way to stop shopping. I was you three months ago. Shopping was my love. Shopping was my life. But then one day reality set it. I needed money and a whole heap of it. And I had a massive 3 dollars in my account. So I made it my mission to break up with my shopping addiction and save. So far I’ve managed to get my bank account into four digits. Here’s how I did this and how you can as well.
1. I accepted that had a problem
The first step to recovery is always acceptance. I had to sit down and really accept that I shop way too much and it’s not okay. Nor should I continue down this path.
After accepting, that I had a problem I could solve it. After all how can you solve a problem you have no idea you have. You can’t!
2. I determined why I felt the need to shop so much
I tried to remember why I’ve felt the urge to shop in the past. And if I suddenly felt the urge to shop I wrote down why. This helped me determine how I could solve the problems that were making me shop. Often I was just bored or something had annoyed me.
3. I took action behind why I wanted to always shop
I then took the things that were causing me to shop so much aka being bored and being annoyed and solved them. When I got annoyed I would put my energy into writing instead of spending. I solved being bored by getting a hobby which could replace shopping. This so-called hobby, is what I’m doing right now, blogging. I recommend blogging to all shopaholics it helps! Plus you can make a little cash on the side.
4. I started to budget
This post is about saving all your money. It’s about saving money that you usually spend on items you don’t need. Therefore, a budget is key. I did this and saw my savings raise drastically. I set up a page on Microsoft word (because I can’t use excel) and wrote down my income and expenses. After this, I determined how much money I wanted to save and the rest I could spent. Then I got spend that money without feeling guilty. If you have, a certain goal determine how much you need to save each week or so to achieve this goal.
5. I kept only cash on me
I took all my cards and hid them. Now this isn’t confessions of a shopaholic, I didn’t put them in ice. Instead, I put them in a spot which isn’t my purse. I’m such a rusher and I never end up remembering to take stuff that isn’t in my purse. So, for me this was very effective. Having only a certain amount of cash on you means, you’ll never overspend. Find what works for you and do it your savings will thank you.
Hi, I’m Jess, I’m known to be quite obsessed with handbags. So much that I named my blog, The Handbag Hoe, around it. I’m part shopaholic, and part workaholic. I basically live by the quote “work hard, play hard”. I also love to people watch to see all of the great fashions people are wearing!