I am so excited to be writing this last entry! And I honestly can’t believe it is finally here! When I first signed up for this challenge I was definitely hesitant at first and definitely had my doubts! But, I am so happy to say that I stuck it out and am so proud to have gone this long without purchasing clothing. A couple things I have learned throughout this experience is that I tend to shop for things I “want” as opposed to things I “need”. This is something I want to continue to be aware of. I saved a lot of money because I wasn’t impulsively shopping like I usually do. I am also more conscious of the prices of things. I shopped at a thrift shop once during the detox and found some really great stuff and got so many compliments on the things I purchased. I loved the feeling of spending just a fraction of the normal cost and still looking great. I also put a lot of creativity into my outfits the last several weeks and it really paid off. I had a blast creating new looks from the clothes I already wear and it helped a lot that I could utilize my roommates clothing as well! I am really happy I chose to participate in the detox and I am excited to continue to be conscious of my shopping habits!….with that being said, I think I owe the mall a little visit! 😉
One more week! I can’t believe I have gone an entire semester without shopping! It was a daunting task at first, but as the detox progressed I found the challenge getting a little easier. Of course I’ve had my urges to head to the mall and spend a little cash, but I have stayed strong and now I just have to make it through one more week! I haven’t really even had much time to think about shopping the last week due to my attention being on school and final projects. However, my roommates are both graduating and have been talking non stop about getting new graduation dresses. I had to nicely decline their invitation to go shopping with them because I didn’t even want to be tempted by all the cute spring clothes. I am so proud of myself for making it this far and I know I can stay strong this last week!
Well another week….another challenge! My friend asked me to run errands with her this weekend and one of her stops was to Target. I don’t know what it is about that store, but I just love it! It had been so long since I had been in a clothing store because I knew I would get tempted. So…of course Target was a bit of a struggle. All the new swimsuits, summer dresses and jean shorts were on display and I wanted everything. Fortunately, my friend was aware of my detox challenge and kept me in line. I walked out without any new clothes and pretty happy that I was able to continue staying strong! Only a little longer left!!
I can finally see the end to this dreaded detox!….however, it is not as dreaded as I anticipated. As I watch my roommates purchase brand new spring clothes, I am reminded of just how much money I really am saving (and how little money I’d be left with if I was buying like I usually would). It’s great that I am able to just go shopping in their closets for new outfits to wear! I’ve learned to look at my closet as something to be grateful for and I am more appreciative of the clothes I have. Although, when I look through my wardrobe, I’m beginning to see the need for a few basic (and somewhat necessary) items that I have gone without and those will be the purchases I make at the end of the detox. But, I will be very conscious of how much money I spend due to this detox and how much use I will really get out of the item!
Each week has presented new challenges and this week was no different. I had a baby shower that I needed to attend at the end of the week and needed to get a gift. But I really wanted to be careful with what I bought because this detox has given me a new perspective on more than just how I shop for myself. So instead of just going to the mall and purchasing an overpriced, adorable baby outfit, I decided to get crafty and make my own. I went to hobby lobby and bought some very cute fabric and even used a coupon. It felt so great being able to give the mommy-to-be a special, one-of-a-kind gift! And I’m eager to continue to make more clothes, especially for myself!
I have come to realize that how truly beneficial this detox has been for me. Each week I find myself looking back on how much I would’ve potentially purchased if it were not for this detox. And each time I am shocked. I feel that I am a bit of a “shopping addict” and that this detox was exactly what I needed. I no longer feel like I need to go to the mall and purchase a new item to make myself feel better. I can find other ways to cope and it’s made me feel great. I have always been thinking a lot about what will change about my shopping habits once the detox is over and I find myself wanting to keep up all this hard work and not just go crazy buying things just because I can…(to me that would defeat the whole purpose of this study). I really want to continue this cautious attitude of buying things and really ask myself if I need to item before I purchase it or if there is something in my closet that is similar to it. I want to force myself to only buy pieces that will be able to last longer than one season…more staple items that I can keep in my closet for a while. This detox has really helped me see the importance in that and made me realize I want to continue being careful with my shopping habits in the future!
As I look back on the start of this study, I feel a lot of accomplishment because it seemed so much easier than I anticipated. However, lately I have found this study becoming more and more difficult. My creativity has began to run low and the start of beautiful spring weather has given me a strong urge to do some shopping. I found myself searching each of my roommates clo But luckily, I have stayed strong and continued to not give into my urge. I know that these last several weeks of school will only get harder and I really want to do my best to stay motivated so at the end of this whole thing, I can feel accomplished. Luckily I’ve got great friends to remind me to stay away from the mall! =) I can do this!
Recently, my friends have been dragging me along on their shopping trips and I found it extremely difficult to keep from buying all the cute new spring clothes! So, while on spring break I decided I would satisfy my desire to go shopping by hitting up the local Goodwill. Me and a friend bought a few colorful shirts from the thrift shop and made our own spring scarves from them. We had a blast and loved that we only had to pay a few dollars for them. Besides the scarves, I was also able to find a super cute tank top, pair of shorts to prepare me for summer, and a cute leather jacket from Express! I was pretty proud of myself to find such great items at the thrift shop and not break the rules of the detox! I know the next several weeks will continue to be a struggle, but I love the challenge and the money I’m saving by just reusing my clothing and being creative with new ideas!
I must say that I’m a little surprised at how easy this experience has been. I haven’t purchased any clothing since I began this detox and I’m extremely proud of myself. But I have to admit, I have been so busy that I haven’t even had time to just go look around the mall and I think that the true test will come when I have down time and get the urge to spend it by shopping. I was at the mall briefly Friday, and while I waited for a table at Carlos O’kelly’s I decided to peak into a store…bit of a mistake. The first thing I saw when I walked in was a huge sale sign! Sales are my weakness! I didn’t buy anything, but there were definitely items in there I would have purchased right away if I hadn’t been on this detox. However, once I left the store I felt so much better. The experience made me think of the saying “out of sight, out of mind.” When I keep myself away from all my favorite stores I don’t even realize how long it’s been since I’ve been shopping. I did visit Joann’s and purchase some fabric from clearance to make a cute new top and I’m very excited about that! I’ve loved the urge of creativity this detox has given me!
Well, I’m a couple weeks in and I have to admit I’m doing great! I haven’t purchased anything since I began this crazy journey and honestly I haven’t really even been tempted to! Now, with that being said, I do have to admit that I feel as if this is a little easier than expected due to the fact that I’ve been extremely busy lately! I haven’t had the time to go to the mall or to browse all my favorite stores online. It could be a different story once things slow down for me. But I have really enjoyed the extra money and the challenge of creating new outfits from all the great clothes I already have! Who knew I would enjoy this so much….(we’ll see if I still think this way in a few weeks!) 😉