I do not condemn shopping, it builds and nourishes the economy. But here is a thought, in the good old days people got their clothes mended from tailors, shoes fixed from the cobbler, got small little parts of blender and stuff from the dingy little stores located in some tiny alleys – this all paid the small local businesses. Now the mentality is we are looking for something to go wrong with our stuff so that we can buy new stuff and throw away the old stuff.

So I say – I do not condemn shopping but I condemn the stigma attached to repeating clothes, needing something new to wear to every party, having things in the closet with their price tag on and yet complaining about having nothing to wear, throwing away stuff without even trying to get it fixed first and just mindless shopping for self-gratification or shopping for the sake of having-everything-everyone-else has.

That is why I follow a shopping ban every other year or so. I have enough stuff to mix- match – use, I think most of us do. Imposing a ban gives a break to the mind and forces you to make most of your existing closet, try to make things work. While sometimes the temptations try and take over your sanity but staying strong gives you a greater sense of achievement later. Not to mention the money and time you save you can spend on hobbies, activities, travel or may be go towards paying your loan.

If you are interested in pledging a shopping ban then –

Things that are banned:

  • Clothes (all kinds!)

  • Shoes

  • Accessories/Jewelry

  • Bags/Purses/Clutches

  • Cosmetics

  • Electronics/Gadgets and anything that is unnecessary

Things that are allowed:

  • Food
  • Water

  • Home Supplies

  • Medicines

  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, etc.)

Green Sweater and Polka Dots
Green Sweater and Polka Dots


p style=”text-align: center;”>Jeans: American Eagle, Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger, Top: J Crew Factory, Sweater: Nordstrom Rack