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What to Do When You Want to Shop Less

When it comes to shopping, sometimes it can be a bit hard to step on the brake and take a step back. There are a lot of reasons we shop – be it out of necessity, sales, finding new ways to express your style, or just due to boredom – but in the end, you may find yourself wanting for moderation. Limiting your shopping habits can be beneficial not only for your bank account, but also for the environment and your personal life. Here are a few things you can do to curb your shopping enthusiasm…

Do A Wardrobe Challenge

If you want to have a greater appreciation of the things you already have, try the 10×10 challenge. In this, you will be using a total of 10 items to create 10 different outfits for 10 days. It will challenge you to be creative with what you own, and allow you to learn more about your style and preferences. After doing this, you can up the ante with a 30×30 challenge! Read up on Stylebee and Unfancy to learn more about the challenge.


Use Pinterest

There are many different ways in which Pinterest is useful to limit shopping. Before you click “Checkout” on your online shopping cart, put the items on your Pinterest board and let them sit for at least a few days before checking back. If you still want them or think they are a necessary addition to your wardrobe, proceed with the purchase.

You can also use Pinterest as a visual documentation of your wardrobe. Taking pictures of your clothes and uploading them to a board will allow you to track the items you have in your wardrobe and help you create new looks with existing pieces.


Swap Clothes with Friends

Gather up your friends and do a clothes swap session. This is great for three reasons: firstly, you get to have new clothes at zero price; secondly, you get to discard pre-loved pieces through an environmentally-friendly way; and thirdly, you get to explore new styles and get creative with new items, since it’s likely that you and your friend(s) have different tastes in fashion.