1 June 2012

The 100 day challenge...

Yup, you read right. Me, miss I can never stop spending money, is going to be doing the 100 day challenge. As of today, June 1st, I am now doing the challenge, which will end on September 8th. 100 days. Three months and one week. A long, long time. The 100 day challenge has been done by a few bloggers and the place I first heard about it was Danielle who runs A Blog From Blackpool. 


To be able to complete this challenge, I need to cater it to fit my needs. So here are my rules.
  1. I am not allowed to buy any cosmetics, beauty, bath or body products; this includes everything. And I mean even when the newest must have product comes out, I am not allowed to give in to temptation. Thankfully I have more than enough of everything to keep me going.
  2. I am not allowed to buy any magazines, DVDs, or books.
  3. I am not allowed to buy any clothes; excluded from this is underwear and tights, if I need them. But only if I need them. 
  4. I am not allowed to order take away nor buy food unless I am out and there is no other option. Same for drinks. I am only allowed to eat out once a month, if it is a meal with friends.
  5. The things I can spend money on are; travel costs, anything Uni related, phone bills and other monthly bills, tobacco, beauty box subscriptions and birthday presents/father's day presents. 
So those are my rules. This is what I hope will make the challenge do-able for me. 

I decided to do this challenge because I am unemployed and a full time student. I have to rely on my student loan to live on and over the past couple of months I have exceptionally over spent. To the point where I have very little left to last me until October. 

I also wanted to do it because to my partner and friends, I am known for my over spending. I can't just go out and buy one thing, I have to get bags full. I seem to have completely lost any management over my money and it is becoming scary. I want to be able to show not only other people, but myself, that I can go without spending, that I don't need to go shopping every week. 

I am not doing this challenge alone, my best friend Hayley, who runs Wife Life Beauty will also be doing the challenge with me. As my shopping partner in crime, we're going to have to really help each other out to make sure we don't slip up! 

I know I can do this, and I know I will be able to look back at the end of the challenge and feel proud of myself for completing it!

So what about after the challenge? Well I have decided that if I succeed, I will buy myself a new set of GHD's. The ones I have now I have had for 7 years, since I was 18. So for me it'll be a nice treat and a much needed upgrade! As well as this in October me and Hayley are going to go on a celebratory shopping trip to London together! 


As well as this, after much talking to the lovely Lauren who runs The Beauty Habit, we are in the midst of planning a little London trip in October when my new Uni term starts. Food and shopping, just another thing for me to look forward to at the end of this challenge! 

I will be doing a weekly blog post to update on my progress throughout the challenge, as well as creating a wishlist on the blog for me to keep track of things I've seen and want. I wonder how many of them I will still want by the end of it?

Support is appreciated, and if anyone would like to join in and take part please let me know! 
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  1. Oh my goodness! Sophia on a spending ban?! It's like wallace without gromit.. It's just not normal! ;)

    I hope that you do succeed in this and not spending any un-necessary money :)

    And I look forward to reading your weekly updates on this :)

    Good luck! xo

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    1. Haha! It's far from normal, but very necessary! :) xo

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  2. Oh wow! I wish i had self-control to do this!!
    Can't wait to hear how it all goes :)
    Kristy x
    http://summerxmermaids.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. It's going to take so much self control!! xo

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  3. Wow I need to do this but I don't think I could last 100 days. Looking forward to your updates! Good luck :) xx

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  4. Wow good luck in doing this! You're a harder woman than me if you can do this! :D

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  5. Good luck! It's definitely hard but I promise you get used to it eventually. My challenge has taught me so much already and I've still got a month left.

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    1. Yay! I love finding other people who are doing it! :) xo

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  6. I wish I could do this, not sure I could last though!

    www.studdedkisses.com

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    1. It's always worth a try! You might surprise yourself xo

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  7. wow good luck sweetie :) It will be worth it when you finish the 100 days! xox

    My Blog : The Style Khaleesi

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  8. Good luck I did this in Feb and just recently May xx

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  9. Good luck gorgeous. You are starting it for the same resons that I did, being a student and being out of control with spending you are not alone. It sucks. You will find it hard and you might slip up but just think of how proud you will feel when it's all done xx

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  10. Good luck hun, you can do it! xx

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  11. I think I might do this. It's a good way of using up all the products I have and to appreciate them more :P

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    1. Definitely, I think I'll be using up a LOT of products xo

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  12. Oh my... good luck girl! I could totally not do this... I stuggled enough with project 10 pan! I'd love to see some lil personal updates on how its going :)

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  13. this is very ambitious and I wish you the best of luck! it sounds like you have very good reasons for this 100 day challenge, so whenever you feel the urge to 'cheat', just re-read this post and hopefully it'll keep you on track!

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  14. Wow! Good luck! I'd love to try it but I'd be setting myself up for self sabotage! Great post - following you now! xx

    http://vlipstickandlattes.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. That would be so challenging! Good luck! :)
    taylor
    Girl Meets Beauty

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  16. Good luck with the challenge! I know I couldn't not spend for 100 days, I atempted a month long spending ban and lasted 3 days before I cracked lol! x

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  17. Good luck. you're braver than i am!!

    :)

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  18. well done, ive been on a ban since lent, i bought my first new clothes today and it felt amazing to have 'earned' them :) x

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  19. You've inspired me to do this aswell, or at least attempt to! Good luck :) xx

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  20. I really want to do this too, but it's my birthday this month so I don't think I'll be able to manage not buying anything! Good luck :)

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    1. This will run through my birthday, too! xo

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  21. Oh my good luck! This should be interesting, unfortunately I can't stop spending as my pro makeup kit constantly needs topping up =/ ahh xo

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    1. Work related things could be allowed ;) xo

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  22. Best of luck! While it will definitely will be hard I can't imagine giving up purchasing book! I guess there is always the public library! You should also include apps for all those smart phone users ha (;

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    1. I have piles of books waiting to be read so I should be ok! :) xo

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  23. I really appreciate what you're doing. I have a job and a salary, but I'm only 21 years old girl living by herself so my salary is never good enough to support me in a big city like São Paulo... So I understand very well the feeling of spending money in makeup and stuffs like crazy and after that realize that life is not that easy and money doesn't fall over our head like rain.
    Keep stronger, girl! I trust in you :D
    You have a beautiful blog. I started mine a few days ago and I hope one day I can get the same level as yours.

    Greetings from Brazil!
    xoxo

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  24. Thank you for the comment you left on my blog!
    Good luck with your spending ban! :)

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  25. Good luck!! Can;t wait to see how you do :)
    Charlotte
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    lilmisschickas.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. Wow. I'm very impressed. I'm not sure I could do this, I have stopped buying as much as I used to, I spent three days debating buying a Clarisonic and managed to restrain myself. Good luck with this challenge! Lauren xx

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    1. If you want an alternative, there is the Rio Soniccleanse xo

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  27. Oh wow what a spending ban, I love it! I should do this myself, but I already failed my "no spend June" with my "oh but I really need that..." yeah, I totally *need* blush don't I... tsk tsk me.
    I love that you're giving yourself a reward though, that's probably why mine didn't work.
    Good luck hun! You'll do great :)
    xx

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  28. Wow! I love the idea of this! I think I'll give it a go and start in July because I have absolutely blown the budget these days!

    Love your blog!!
    http://conniptionqueen.blogspot.ie/

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  29. oh my god! the thought of this brings me out in a cold sweat! i could maybes try it for 28 days or something but a whole 100?!?! i bow down to u for attempting it! go u!

    xxx

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    1. It's so far a lot easier than I expected :) xo

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  30. I'm going to start this the 1st of september. That would mean I am finished around Christmas (if my maths are right ;)) which would make me able to go Christmas shopping. Starting the 1st of August would torture me bc I go to Italy for the first time & I would have a hard time not buying anything! Haha, good luck! :D

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  31. I'm going to do this starting from tomorrow, but I'm going to slightly change it, as in I will not buy anything I don't need, eg ANY makeup, (I have way too much!), clothes I don't need, or any other unnecessary things, and I'll be doing 1 blog post everyday for 100 days! I'd love you to follow me and check it out as I do it!:)xxx

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  32. I have decided to start this too! I am so bad with money and my parents are getting sick of it and saying they don't know what I am going to do when I move out, I constantly have no money & buy so much makeup that I will never be able to get through! Thanks for the inspiration! xx

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  33. I've decided to do this too !! I'm not sure about 100 days though haha. Thanks for the idea and please tell us how it goes!

    thisishearts.blogspot.com

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  34. Good Luck! I am trying a spend ban myself but don't think I could last 100 days!!

    Deana
    TesoriBelle.com

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