What I have learnt whilst being on my spending ban

Spending ban

At the beginning of this year I spent a lot of money on beauty products. So much so that I decided to go on a spending ban from the 16th February to the 23rd March (payday to payday) without buying any beauty (apart from essentials).

I know what you’re thinking? Why are you doing this? What are you trying to prove?

Well, I am in London on the 23rd and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t in a tight spot for cash. It’s always hard to be in London with no money.

Also, it’s Claires birthday and I really want to treat her to a nice meal and I hate worrying about money. I have already bought most of her presents too with a couple to pick up.

So I have a reason to save a little bit of my expendable cash flow.

The other thing you’re thinking is ‘Leah, it’s only makeup, can’t you just not buy makeup without making a big deal of it’ and actually, the other reason for doing this is because I wasn’t sure I could. There have been other times I have said I was on a spending ban and I couldn’t do it. I actually thought I might have a spending problem to be honest and even though we own our own  home and we can go out for meals and enjoy life together we don’t have a huge amount of money for luxuries.

I thought I would struggle so here is a run down of each week, how I was feeling at the time and how it feels now with only 3 sleeps to go.

Week 1) Usually this time it would be fresh payday wants. I would be looking for new beauty products to buy and making impulse buys. I noticed that Ofra was released on Beauty Bay so I definitely would have bought that in this week. I resisted, it was only week one and I was quite ok with my new amazing products so I didn’t have too much of a yearning.

spending ban 1

Week 2) This week wasn’t too hard. I was so very busy with work and I had no let up. It was difficult to get anything done. Also, an order I made before the ban came from TAM beauty so I didn’t feel like I was missing out so much on spending money.

spending ban 2

Week 3) I had run out of micellar water so decided to pick a new one up. I found one in Tesco for £3 and so far it’s been quite nice. It is unfortunately near the makeup stands in Tesco which I love to browse but luckily Claire was with me so I was able to keep moving to get the shopping done. It was the only thing I bought this week. I couldn’t believe I had made it through this week. I was over half way through. This really gave me a boost – 3 weeks was a record for me.

spending ban 3

Week 4) This was the week that the Style XL awards happened. I admittedly ordered some new clothes but that was ok due to the event and also with this being a makeup spending ban I wasn’t including the items of clothing. This was also the week that the Androgony palette came out from Jeffree Star and I was ready to buy it – it was in my cart and I knew I would miss out but I didn’t need it. So I closed the window on my macbook and walked away.

spending ban 4

Finally, week 5, with 3 sleeps to go) I am so pleased I did it. I thought I would crumble. I think I might try another non spending month after April’s payday up to our Anniversary – we are going away for a romantic weekend and I want to have enough money to enjoy a nice meal out and possibly go shopping so will set some time aside for that.

Anyway, for me, I think these are the tips I would give you if you want to try a spending ban:

  1. Keep yourself busy – I have such a full on job at the moment it really helps
  2. Shop your stash – go through the stuff you already have and start to mix it up a bit
  3. Find something else that grabs your attention – I have refreshed my instagram and it has really been a great focus for me
  4. Keep checking your bank account – seeing the money physically still there is great for motivation
  5. Remind yourself it’s just things – there is so much more important things happening in your life, things can take a back seat for a while

As for content for the blog – I have not been lacking. It’s actually made me really think about what I want on my YouTube channel and my blog and how to really invent good original posts.

Have you ever gone on a spending ban?




  1. March 21, 2017 / 5:54 am

    Good on you for sticking to your ban, I’m sure it feels fantastic when you see all of the money still in your account. I think the idea of shopping your stash and finding something else to concentrate on are great tips x

  2. Rachel Butler
    March 21, 2017 / 7:58 am

    Well done on resisting!! I need to do this when it comes to candles and home fragrance! I have a proper addiction! Lol….my house smells like a Yankee Store! Xoxo #LeahXLUD

  3. March 21, 2017 / 9:56 am

    Well done on sticking to the ban – I’ve done a few in the past and they’re really tough! x

  4. March 21, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    Ahhhh I need to go on one of these spending bans soon! I can’t stop buying clothes on Depop!

  5. March 21, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    Well done on your ban and hope you can keep it up, it is amazing just how good it feels when you see your savings start to grow x

  6. March 21, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    Great idea!! I really need to go on a spending ban for food! I’m always buying things I don’t need!!
    I think keeping yourself distracted is a biggie for staying on track as well 🙂

  7. March 21, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    Hi, it’s great to see I am not the only one. I am going to try and not buy skincare or makeup for the whole year. I have so much I need to use up. I will get something if I actually run out but that’s it. I do use my make up before the recommended months but I am loathed to through half used things away. I have had some lipstick for years and they are still fine!

  8. March 21, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    I think the idea of a spending ban is something I need to do myself as I do not have any money and it would be nice to not be broke for a change lol. Well done you xx

  9. March 21, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    I’ve always been a saver and try to budget a lot. I can be bad when go shopping but don’t go a huge amount. I love buying makeup but tend to only buy what i need x

  10. Helen
    March 21, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    Well done on keeping up to your ban. I put myself on a spending ban last year, after realising I could do it it really changed how I spend my money now. Shopping my stash is one of my favourite things to do it’s amazing what you can find that’s been forgotten!

  11. March 22, 2017 / 9:31 am

    I’ve never been on a spending ban but I really think I should do one and either buy no beauty and clothes, or just limit how much I can spend a week to something small as I do spend a lot. Well done for getting through it x

  12. March 22, 2017 / 9:57 am

    Funnily enough i have been curbing my cosmetic spending too and trying to make the most of the mountains I already have!!!

  13. March 22, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    I’m on a spending ban at the moment. Just spent £70 on a dress. Haha so well done on your spending ba. xx

  14. Jemma
    March 22, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Wow well done for sticking to your spending ban! Great tips too!

  15. March 22, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    Wow! Well done you as I know how much you love your make-up! I need to have a spending ban for the next couple of months as I really want to go away at the end of the year, Hope I am as successful as you have been xxx

  16. March 22, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    Wow you did well lasting that long but it goes to show you that you can do it. I don’t buy anything very often other than food for the family so don’t need to worry about any bans at present.

  17. Emma
    March 23, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    Wow that’s willpower – to have something already in your shopping cart and then walk away from etc computer – I think this is a really important exercise – shows us just how impulsive impulse buys are and how we can live without them!

  18. March 23, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    I am quite good at spending bans I have to admit, but you do learn just so much x

  19. March 23, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Well done! I always take on similar challenges like this but I’ve never done an actual spending ban before – perhaps I should… x

  20. March 24, 2017 / 2:37 am

    I absolutely LOVE shopping my own stash as I always end up finding fabulous products that I hadn’t used in AGES!! xxx

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