September went by so fast. I spent the month knee-deep in thesis research and writing, so it wasn’t the most eventful. As I sat down to write this post, I realized two things:
I didn’t take many pictures…
(although I did snap this obligatory shot while on Penn’s campus)
and I didn’t buy anything.
Besides groceries and a few cups of coffee, that is. I didn’t go shopping at all for the whole month. It wasn’t an intentional decision, but I’m pretty happy with realizing that I was able to achieve it! Here’s how, and why, I managed to pull it off:
I tackled lots of projects.
I was feeling overwhelmed by the number of projects I had already started, so I tried to focus on finishing a few. Usually, I love thrifting for craft supplies, and I’m always scheming up my next project — but I end up with more projects than I can realistically tackle. Working on finishing things I’d started helped me refocus and realize that I already have plenty to keep me busy.
The biggest project was painting our bedroom. Finally! Full reveal coming soon.
I was too busy to go thrifting.
I set myself a pretty strenuous thesis writing schedule, which has kept me glued to my computer and my chair until the evening, after the thrift shop has closed! Thrift shopping is usually part of my writing process — a way to get out of the house for a while and to think as I sift through the racks. But I feel like I’m in such a good place with my thesis right now (hurrah!) that I haven’t needed to step away.
I pulled out my fall wardrobe.
This was huge for me. Pulling out the clothes I’d put in storage felt like I instantly had a brand new wardrobe, and I didn’t feel the need to go adding to it. Realizing this makes me really interested in putting together a capsule wardrobe, because I loved the feeling of everything old being new again.
Fall ballpark style! I’m still totally obsessed with these thrifted booties, and I’ll be wearing them all season.
I have my eyes on the prize.
Next week, I’ll be traveling to Warsaw, and immediately afterward, Crystal and I will be celebrating our second anniversary. Knowing I wanted to save money for these experiences made it easy to bypass shopping, even if it was thrift shopping.
The sense of accomplishment I feel right now definitely makes me want to try a no-spend month again. Have you ever accomplished one? How did it go?
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