With the last few weeks of term in full bloom, and my student loan becoming dangerously thin on the ground, I’m implementing a bit of a spending ban on myself.
Naturally there are a few things I’m going to need to buy like groceries and my summer ball ticket (when they finally release them…) but apart from that I’m doing a bit of a debit-card boycott for the rest of June.
I am really awful at not spending money. Really quite dreadful. I own a lot of things, most of which I don’t use, and I constantly find myself nipping into shops between lectures or on my way home. I am an absolute nightmare.
The sad thing is that I do not have the money to do this. I have my student loan, the odd extra bit from my parents, but nothing of any great substance that doesn’t actually have to be spent on food. Because of this I tend to find myself at the end of term (around now, as it happens) with not a penny to my name, dipping into my savings account or begging my parents to bail me out. Its awful, embarrassing and generally just not pleasant for everyone involved.
The problem is that I create unhealthy sentimental relationships with objects. Even when I do a rare ‘clear-out’ I barely get rid of anything just because ‘I might need this…’ or ‘Oh but this reminds me of..’ and quite frankly its pathetic. I am pathetic when it comes to hoarding stuff that quite frankly I just don’t need.
So what am I going to do?
Well, friends, for the month of June I am going to only spend on things that are truly unavoidable. Groceries, the occasional birthday, Summer Ball etc. This isn’t a ‘no spending at all for you’ kind of challenge because lets face it: its my last year at uni. with all my friends still here, I realistically only have about 3 weeks left anyway, and stopping myself enjoying things with friends is a bit rubbish and I’m not down for that.
My blog posts will also reflect this little ban on makeup and beauty shopping – no haul posts for me this month! I’m going to be writing about the things I already own, as well as featuring a lot more lifestyle and guide posts. Expect a post on cleaning out my closet and other such fun and exciting posts… I’m slowly pulling myself away from the idea that lots of makeup and lots of new things means lots of good blogging. It very clearly is not the case and I’m immensely grateful that it’s not! This month is going to be a lot less materialistic, and a lot more personal.
Strangely, I’m really looking forward to the coming month. It’s going to be a tough one for me – overcoming a few hoarding issues and rebuilding my relationship with my possessions and myself – but it should also create some fantastic opportunities, both for blogging and for life! I for one can’t wait!