Spending ban for 100 days on clothes & skincare/makeup (#100DaysNoSpend)

Am I mad??  A spending ban?! Maybe…. I’m getting together with a few other bloggers to do a 100 days of no spending on clothes, skincare or makeup. The others I think are just doing clothes, but I’ve also added on skincare and makeup to the spending ban because I know myself well, if I cut out buying clothes, I usually transfer my desire to spend into another one of these areas.

Why am I doing a spending ban?

My last post showed you all around my dressing room at home. As you can see, I love clothes, shoes and handbags. I always have since I was a teen, I’ve loved the transformative effect that a piece can have on you. I’ve always spent too much though, for many reasons far too complex to go into in this blog post. Getting my dressing room sorted has helped me realise how much I have which has definitely helped cut down on spending, my attitude has been slowly changing over the past year or so…before I would totally get FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) with the sales, I’d think I was missing out on bargains, but this year I haven’t felt much desire to shop in them…I feel like I’ve got everything I need. HOWEVER, I’ve still got a way to go to be on the level I’d like to be, my dangers are impulse shopping. E.g. happening to be in a store and seeing something “I can’t live without” or is a “bargain”.

On holiday earlier this year I read Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping Addict by Avis Cardella. It’s a really great book and gave me some insights into why I buy more than I need to. I’ve also been seeing lots of talk about capsule wardrobes lately (you’re allowed 37 items, including shoes in your wardrobe and have to pack/sell/give the rest away – more on Unfancy). That seems too extreme for me though…you’ve seen my dressing room post, I’m really happy with my wardrobe and I don’t want to slim down to 37 items…I just don’t want to buy any more to go in it.

So, I’ve been considering a spending ban for a while and when I saw that Rachel had written a post about doing it and a few other bloggers were going to give it a go, I figured this was the perfect time. I want to see what a prolonged vacation for my purse will do to my shopping habits. Will I go back to normal after the spending ban? or will I appreciate what I’ve got and buy a little less? We’ll see.

Why no spending on skincare and makeup?

Like I said, this bit is just what I’m doing… I’m a skincare and makeup hoarder. I follow the Caroline Hirons method of skincare because when I was having lots of trouble with my skin (hormonal acne) I discovered that her way was the only way that my skin loved. These days I have a few breakouts occasionally, but nowhere near as bad as before and my skin is so much healthier. When I discovered Mrs Hirons I did go on a skincare buying frenzy… So, I’ve definitely got enough to last me the three months that this spending ban will take place over. I’ve got a hell of a lot of makeup too. So trust me, I should be able to do this. *Should*. Eeeeek.

Potential difficulties in the spend ban

We go on holiday towards the end of Jan, I do have a good amount of holiday clothes but it’s a long holiday for nearly 3 weeks this time (the cats are going to be so fat, my mother-in-law is house sitting!) so I’ve made a last minute ASOS order to stock up on a few cheap floaty dresses in the sale. Not buying while I’m out there might be hard though!

Last clothes shop before 100 day spend ban (a few floaty dresses in the sale for holiday)

A photo posted by Ally Dowsing-Reynolds (@digital__diva) on

I’ve also placed an order before the spending ban takes effect to stock up on eye makeup remover, that’s one thing I don’t ever like to ‘make do’ on because my eyes are sensitive. I always go for a remover without any alcohol in. I’m a bit worried I’ll start having palpitations when my Emma Hardie cleansing balm runs out, but I’ve got a LOT of cleansers that I need to use up…so I need to just “suck it up cupcake” (quote from a client during a session over in America…love that expression, said in a Brooklyn or Newark accent preferably).

Potential helpful points in the spending ban

It’s my birthday in February, so anything I pine over for a long time I can ask for my birthday. I subscribe to My Little Box, which I’m not cancelling for this spend ban…they include a variety of items in there and it’s always a surprise, so that’ll be a nice treat each month. Also any fashion brands that want to work with me as a blogger over the spending ban time might gift me clothes. We’ll see.

#100DaysNoSpend starts 5th January

I’m doing it with , ,  &  – if you fancy joining us in the spending ban or have written a blog post about you taking part, please let me know and I’ll update this post to include a link.

Links to the posts of other bloggers doing #100DaysNoSpend:

Rachel The Hat – This bit particularly resonated with me:

I love the thrill of the shop and the feel of new clothes on my back.
I am materialistic and if i really scrutinize myself it’s not a trait i like.
I am over indulgent.
I do not need another sweater (or coat goddamnit!).
Sometimes blogging makes me feel i constantly have to buy new things to bring fresh new looks to you my lovely readers.

PolkaDot Pink – She’s doing a no-high street clothes / online retailer ban



  1. January 2, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    I went on a spending ban for a month, it was hard but well worth having lots saved up at the end! Good luck, maybe allow yourself a little money to get one or two clothes while on holiday?

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

  2. Christine
    March 1, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    I have tried similar fro time to time, but have discovered that the initial stock up befor you do it and the splurge afterwards to replace all the things to have run out of actually equals what you would have spent in the 100 days abstained had I carried in as normal!

    • Digital Diva
      March 2, 2015 / 6:37 pm

      Haha, I know what you mean Christine! I did stock up on eye makeup remover and bought some £8 slippers…so I didn’t go too mad beforehand. Let’s see what happens after though 😉 xx

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