One Month Challenge: Shopping Ban, Week Three

Everyone’s got a vice, a bad habit, something they know they need to change. Unfortunately, everyone also has a million excuses why they just can’t do it. Not anymore. Every month we will be following a different CollegeCandy writer as she takes on a personal challenge. This month we’re following Kelly as she proves to her mom, and her wallet, that she can go one month sans shopping.

I GOT MY TAX RETURN! WOO! Thank goodness I have until May to figure out what I want to do with it.

This week has been 127 times better than last, shopping wise. I’ve been so busy that there hasn’t been much time to dig through F21’s new daily arrivals. Not shopping wise though, stress has been killing me. Exams, term papers, projects… I don’t even see my boyfriend anymore. And I live with him!

Not to mention that for the next five nights I’ll only be reachable at my place of employment, filling patrons with fajitas and margaritas on our newly opened outdoor patio. While I plan on making $$$ (and not spending any of it until next Monday), I can’t help but sighhh when I deliver sangria after sangria, and queso dip after queso dip, to groups of girls in the middle of the afternoon. That should be me! What this means is that when this challenge is over, I’ll need a big reward in the form of new sandals.

I won’t post my janky Microsoft Excel “budget sheet” this week because many readers (sorry to call you out, but not really) claim to have no sympathy for my “petty problem.” I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t need to blow money on clothes when I’m in debt with out-of-state student loans (yes, I pay myself for school, my apartment, everything), but it is not becoming a problem where I am $16,000 in debt a la Rebecca Bloomwood. Alcoholism is a problem. Peeping Toms are a problem. Wanting to look nice and have a good time in college is not a problem. I get my bills paid on time, I’ve been able to put a good amount of money into savings, and how I spend the rest of my money should be of no concern to anyone. Hell, my credit limit is $500, not $10,000! And most of it goes towards school books every semester. I know that being a writer for this website leaves me open to criticism, but I would not tell someone whose challenge is to cut out junk food, “There are starving children in _____! You shouldn’t been eating Cheetos to begin with, fatty!” (Fun fact: Cheetos are my guilty pleasure)

That being said, I’ve managed to pay another $50 on my credit card, bringing the balance down the lowest it’s been in months! And even though I made a brief pause at the window, I passed up the new Free People window display in a store on my way to Spanish class. I’m actually feeling really good about this month so far and although I can’t wait to spend my tax return, I don’t think I could ever go back to the hour long debates I have with the “submit order” button like I did last week. Saving money feels good and I’m starting to realize that I don’t need another scarf, another tank, another pair of jeans.

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