I know I've said I would do this, umpteen times already but I think I'm ready this time.
No shopping in 2013!
Here is my inspiration:
1) And Then We Saved's 2010 Spending Fast http://andthenwesaved.com/about-the-spending-fast/
2) Krystal at Work's 2011 Shopping Ban http://www.givemebackmyfivebucks.com/2010/10/13/shopping-ban/
3) and this article from the Thought Catalogue http://thoughtcatalog.com/2012/i-havent-gone-shopping-since-1997/
Reading these (and probably having to re-read them over and over again) has giving me the inspiration to try this for next year. I don't see myself going as extreme as #1 or 3 but I have found that I've been doing a lot better in the spending department lately because I haven't gone shopping. Makes sense, right, you can't spend money if you're not somewhere to spend money.
At the same time, I don't want to feel like I'm giving up my life, so I will still include some going out for dinner, movies, and some (very limited) craft supplies.
I will also need to buy some personal care items but I vow not to buy anything until I am out of it at home, except hair dye when its on sale because otherwise it can get expensive!
I may lose/gain weight next year (hopefully lose!) but I have sizes of pants ranging from 14-18 so I should be ok in the clothing department (I am going to look for a pair of black pants while shopping in the US this weekend) but I do need a new pair of running/gym shoes AND walking shoes, I was waiting for my trip to look into these. I killed (and I mean killed) my walking shoes on my honeymoon, they are dead. If I cannot find a suitable pair in the US I will wait until spring but then I will definitely need them so I will consider it a need and not a want at that point.
Other than that its regular bills and savings. I want 2013 to be the year that I am 100% fully out of debt and ready to buy that house! Wish me luck!
Have you tried a shopping ban? Did it work out for you?