I don’t know what you call it in English, when you decide that you’re not going to buy anything for a set time? In Norway we call it ‘shoppestopp’, and in april I started on one. And I’ve completely forgotten to tell you how it went! It was suppose to last 6 months (since the thought of a whole year scared me a little), and it went ok most of the time. It actually didn’t feel like I was on a shopping break most of the time, since there was a lot that we needed for our apartment (which I was allowed to buy) and I got a lot of money for my birthday (which I could spend on whatever I wanted).
Except that, I didn’t buy anything for 5 months. Then I didn’t make it any longer. I made the mistake of visiting my two favourite stores ‘Søstrene Grene’ and ‘TGR’, which sells a lot of different things for a very low price. They have a lot of stationary, which I loooove, so in the end I bought something. Once I’d bought something, it was a little too easy to just keep buying things. (Ok, that makes it sound like I went completely crazy and spent crazy amounts of money, which I didn’t.) You can see some of the things I bought in the pictures, and then everyone will of course understand why I had to buy it. I mean, look at those stickers!
I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t make it to 6 months, but I prefer to think “yay, 5 months, go you!”. It was a nice first experience, and I will probably do it again. I hoped that I would manage to save some money, but I didn’t. Some how it keeps coming up stuff that I have to spend money on, so there is never any left. Like furniture we really ned, taking Moshi to the vet, and… I can for some reason not think of more things now, but I’m sure there was some super good reasons to why my money kept mysteriously disappearing. (Maybe too many trips to the cinema? But thats a good reason, right?)
I don’t know when I’ll take a new shopping break, but I have some ideas for similar things that I’ll be doing in the near future. Now that I’ve tried it once I think it will be easier the next time. But more on that later!
Have you tried a shopping break? How did it go, and most important: do you have some magic tips and tricks on how to to make it all the way through?