Tuesday, 27 August 2019

NO TO NEW // NO SPEND SEPTEMBER

Can you believe it's almost September? I really cannot. Although I am quite excited that it is. Not only am I going on holiday with my love at the end of the month but I have always had a peculiar infatuation with the month of September. I used to love the 'back to school' feeling that came along with a new pencil case and fresh uniform. Crisp air and orange leaves, jumpers and hats.

This year I have also pledged to Oxfam's Secondhand September, the premise of which is to not buy any new clothes for the month of September. As much as it may seem like I have a constant supply of new bits of fast fashion, I really don't. I mostly shop at work (H&M) and I try to really think about each purchase. I also already buy a lot of secondhand, from insta-pals, charity shops and vintage shops. I just want to prove to myself that I can do this though, I can easily go 30 days without buying any new clothes.


WHOLE OUTFIT - H&M (shocker)
SHOES - CONVERSE

This then got me to thinking that I could probably take this one step further and save a bit of money...So I'm doing my own thing too; No spend September. I'm going to try and save the money I would usually spend on stuff I don't need, ie clothes at work, meal deals, that kind of thing. So each time I have the urge to buy one of these things I put the amount it costs in a little savings pot for my holiday. I'm hoping it encourages me to continue to think more carefully about purchases in the future as well.

I want to keep track of my progress and update you all on how it went at the end of the month. I have a friend who is also planning to join me for 'no spend September' so hopefully having someone else doing it with me will make it a little easier. If anyone else has done anything like this before please let me know as I could probably do with any advice I can get. In theory, this should be a really easy thing to do. The only exceptions to my no spending will be bills, food shops, travel etc and like if I desperately end up needing new pants or socks- So I should be completely fine.

I kind of can't wait to do this now and see how it changes my spending habits... let me know your thoughts on this little challenge I've set myself and we can have a bit of a discussion!

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