I feel like I just wrote about the start of the February spending freeze challenge, and here we are already most of the way through it!
Here’s a quick update on how it’s going for me.
Spending freeze gray area
As I wrote in my original post, my intent with this ban was to spend absolutely no money that I didn’t have to spend. The primary purpose is to abstain from shopping, but I extend that to other discretionary spending, too. That said, there were a couple gray areas where I arguably didn’t need to spend, but I did. Here’s why.
Earlier this month, I spent some money to rent a bike in Sedona. Although this wasn’t strictly a necessity, I’ve always considered fitness-related expenditures as exempt because of their contribution to my wellbeing. Just like I’m not going to skip PT this month to save money, I considered the rental fee for the bike as a worthy cause, particularly given that I can’t run at the moment. It was a gorgeous day and I had an awesome time out on the trail.
That said, in the interest of full disclosure, I did change the rules on myself a little bit. Because there are a lot of things going on in my “real” life right now, I decided to allow myself some small indiscretions in the going-out-to-eat category for the sake of preserving and promoting my social connections. I weighed the negatives of breaking my ban and ultimately decided it was worth it overall. That said, I’m still trying to avoid it (or suggest alternatives) and keep the spend to a minimum, which means this has only happened once so far.
On the positive side, there have been multiple times this month where I struggled to scrape together breakfast or lunch on workdays. Although I was tempted to pick up something from the snack kiosk at the office and call it “necessary”, I doubled down and managed to feed myself with $0 spent.
Also, somehow I’ve managed to get this far without buying any Girl Scout Cookies. Why do I keep doing spending freezes during samoa and thin mints season?? Ahhh, the struggle.
What’s on my list
Besides the above grey areas, I haven’t shopped at all this month, which was my #1 priority with the ban. That said, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been tempted! This is what I haven’t bought, but really wish I could!
Athleta stripe contender tights. I tried these on in store and fell in love. The fit, feel, and pockets make these awesome running tights, and the stripes are so flattering. Having something new to run in once my knee injury resolves makes buying these an even more exciting prospect.
Yumi Kim dress. I’ve been pining after her dresses for a long time, and I might finally give one a try. I have a wedding in September, but I’m already thinking ahead! I’ve narrowed it down to the woodstock maxi, swept away maxi, or tie me over shift.
Lululemon braided energy bra. I like the energy bra style already, but the braided straps look sturdier and more supportive than the regular kind, which is quite appealing. I’m in need of a sports bra refresh, so I’ve got my eye on this one as a good candidate. I’d also like to try the sweat times bra.
Poshmark finds. Two past-season lululemon items that I’ve been hunting for showed up on Poshmark this month at relatively good prices. It’s taken a ton of willpower not to pull the trigger. Since they’ve been so hard to find, I’m afraid someone else will get to them first. I’m crossing my fingers they last til the 1st!
New Nike gloves. I absolutely love these gloves, but sadly, I tore the palm of my pair when I was out biking. Better to tear the glove than my hand, but now I need to replace them! I’ll be getting a couple new pairs when March rolls around. Note to self: if I’m gonna keep going out and falling on things, cycling gloves might be in order too.
Bonus challenge update: 28 things in 28 days
As I mentioned in my original challenge post, I’m doing more than just avoiding shopping. I also have a goal to let go of 28 things from my house over the course of the month. So far, I’ve tracked down 10 items for the sell/donate pile, all of which are clothing from my closet so far. I’m a little behind on this one. I’m making myself find 28 real things, not just meaningless clutter like old socks, reusable bags, or empty shoe boxes (even though I’ve also gotten rid of quite a few of those!). Setting the bar higher is making that number a challenge to reach, but I still think I can get there.