Sunday, 20 January 2013

Guest Post: Battling A Shopping Addiction

Hey Everyone, 

I recently decided to ask if anyone would like to guest post on my blog and the lovely Christine from Little Red Bow agreed, and I was over the moon!

So here's Christine's post... and let me know if I should make guest posts regular (as a once a month post)?!?!
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I'd like to thank Hannah for giving me the opportunity to write this guest post!
  My name is Christine and I'm a 26 year old beauty blogger from Toronto, Canada.  Like most other young women I'm obsessed with clothes, shoes, and makeup.  Another thing I have in common with other people my age is that I'm under employed.  I'm lucky enough to have a decent paying part time job and parents who buy me groceries but I’m constantly worrying about money and my future.
  Whenever I hear about other people buying houses and cars I feel insanely jealous because I can’t afford these things, and to be honest it’s partly all my fault. I’ve been working for 10 years and up until last year I hadn’t even saved a cent. Ever since my first job at McDonald’s when I was 16, I’ve been going on spending sprees every pay day.
As 2013 is a new year, I am starting to get a handle on my shopping addiction and so far I’ve saved a considerable amount.  My plan is to not purchase any clothes or makeup for 100 days, from December 29, 2012-April 8 2013. After that I’ll allow myself a treat once and awhile but I need to stop going overboard.
This is how I’ve been able to last so far:
1.      My real wish list:  This is a list of big things I really want and couldn’t afford due to my spending habits.  I want to take a trip somewhere to visit loved ones I miss (Florida or Scotland), get a new apartment, and invest in a nice camera.  I can’t afford to do all of this in 2013 but I can save towards these things.
Florida: Image Source Scotland: Image Source  Apartment: Image Source Camera: Image Source 
2.      Sell things: I made $140 selling clothes and shoes I didn’t wear anymore. 
3.      Be aware of what you own: Re-organize your clothes and other processions and you may discover old favourites you forgot you had.
Everytime I'm tempted to buy something I look at these pictures of my wardrobe.
4.      Walking: Walking instead of driving/taking public transit is not only a great way to save money but it’s free exercise.  When I go for a long walk I feel more relaxed which helps me because one of the biggest triggers for my shopping addiction is stress.
5.      Live off cash: I try to take out money from the bank and live off that instead of my debit and credit cards.  That way not only do I save on banking fees I’m less tempted to shop when I can see my money going in and out of my wallet.
What are the big things you want in life?  How do you budget in order to save for your future? I’d love to hear from Hannah’s lovely readers!
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I just want to say thanks again to Christine, She was amazing and her post is great! and please go check out her blog if you haven't already! 
Love 
Hannah x


13 comments:

  1. Thanks again Hannah! I really enjoyed writing a post for you.

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    1. No thank you again! It was so nice of you too put so much effort in! its a great post! :) x

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  2. This was so interesting to read! Great post Christine:)

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  3. Very interesting to read! It's really hard to save when there so many wonderful, but at the end of the day, unnecessary things to buy because you already have it! Definitely a few good ideas : )

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  5. Great post Christine and lovely blog Hannah :)
    I am so bad at saving money but have had to pull myself together the last couple of years! Good saving tips xx

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  6. Great post, good to know there other people out there who are addicted to shopping.
    I love the idea of guest post, its a great way to find new blogs to read. x

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  7. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an extremely long comment but
    after I clicked submit my comment didn't appear. Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that over again.
    Regardless, just wanted to say great blog!
    My page ; delightyear.com

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    Best Regards
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