I am going to preface this post, by asking you to read my I. am. addicted... post where I talk about my addiction to buying what bloggers are advertising.
This "need to buy what other bloggers are
selling advertising" thing has finally came to a stop, with a capital S. The PayPal statement came the other day. I opened it up, like every other bill, and as I was reading the charges, I nearly fainted. Sure, I monitor all of my credit cards online, including PayPal, but of course, being me, I didn't monitor this one very closely closely enough. I was floored at how much I have spent over the past month on sponsorships, Etsy shops, boutiques, etc. I take that back, I wasn't floored. I wanted to scream. I wanted to get pissed off. I wanted to cry.
But this brief moment, in which I experienced some twenty emotions, I realized something. I realized that I needed to change. I realized that I have enough jewelry, makeup, clothes, and purses. I realized that sponsoring six blogs at once, may be a bit over kill. Sure, I want to get my name out there and brand myself (I'm talking an Etsy shop, paid sponsorships, people giving me free stuff to advertise, etc.), but I don't think that I should have to kill myself, and my bank account. In summary, I realized that I needed to stop spending money.
Why is it so easy to just hit "add to basket" and "check-out with PayPal"? Whoever came up with those buttons, really needs to be smacked!
Anyways, when I came to this realization, I decided to put my foot down, and make February a "no spend" month. If you don't understand this concept, it's basically a month in which you stick to the budget, and don't buy something, unless its an essential. On a side note, this "no spend" month is going to suck especially when Whitney comes out with February's IWYP by Whitney Ellen shirt (hopefully the order deadline goes into March). I just ordered January's and I am super excited.
|December's IWYP by: Whitney Ellen|
Yeah, so basically, as of Friday, I am done buying what bloggers are advertising. I'm sorry guys, but it just has to be done. I figure if I quit cold turkey, when I allow myself to buy again in March, I will be more selective, and actually ask myself, "Do I really need this?" If the answer is no, then I won't buy it. Simple. Hopefully.
Oh, since it's Wednesday and I am wearing only one outfit, can you guess who I'm linking up with? If you didn't guess it, I am linking up with Bella for Confessions and Liz & Amanda for the Hump Day Blog Hop! Check 'em out, you won't be sorry :)