Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Spending Ban

I've always thought spending bans have been a silly idea as I'm terrible with money and just want to spend, spend, spend so I'd never be able to do it. However, my hours have been halved at work which means I'm going to be struggling to pay my bills and I'm also going away to Paris with Amy in October so I think it's time to stop spending and start saving.

This means that for the next 10 weeks, I'm not going to buy anything I don't need (and I think I have enough makeup to last me until at least next year!), no stop offs at Starbucks on the way to work or McDonalds on the way back and no bubble tea. The last thing I'm going to treat myself to is (a much needed) hair cut tomorrow.

As well as not spending money, I'm also going to be doing my best to make some. Today I took a few bags of clothes to a Cash 4 Clothes place and managed to get £13.50 for them, which has gone straight into my Paris fund. I've also got some things to list on eBay and I'll be doing a few sponsored posts over the next couple of weeks. I had a quick look at this post I wrote back in February about how to make some extra money and I thought I'd check my YouGov account and I actually have enough points to redeem £50 and almost enough for another £50 so it's well worth signing up for. I think I'll probably be able to reach the next £50 by the time I go to Paris. Click here if you want to join too!

Have you ever been on a spending ban? What are your top tips for making money?


  1. Me and my husband are pretty much on a spending ban for saving for a mortgage down payment. I know it'll be worth it in the end but it's kinda hard. We do make sure to still treat ourselves, even if it's just a pizza take out. Also we've been making most of the free attractions and places to visit around us too which has helped a lot or we've just tend to stay in an slob on the sofa.

  2. I need to put myself on a spending ban good luck and enjoy Paris!

    Ellen // A little bit Unique // Facebook // Bloglovin


  3. I've done spending bans in the past and am currently on one :P My best tip is to not keep cash on you. It's easy to grab and and not notice. I always make sure I only use my debit card and make myself look at ALL the transactions every day (or every few days) I'm less likely to cheat because it will show up online in big letters exactly where I cheated and how much :P Keeping really good track of it makes it harder to let a few things slide.
    As for making money... I'll let you know when I figure that one out -.- haha



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