I won’t be the first person who spends all their money on ASOS and I certainly won’t be the last. But when you spend 50% of your monthly income on anything and everything on ASOS, then the warning lights start flashing. If you read my ’21 things I want to do this year’ post then you will know that one of my goals for 2017 is to properly start saving some money and to do this I’m having to dramatically cut back the late night shopping sessions on my favourite ever website. So I put my resistance to the test for a week and I can confidently say I completely stopped for a whole week!
‘How did you do it’ I hear you scream. Well it was hard, very hard. First thing I did was remove it from my Bookmarks Bar (a drastic action, I know) so it was out of sight out of mind, kinda. Next step was to delete all my ASOS emails before even opening them. Sorry to anyone on the marketing team there, I’m sure it won’t affect your open and click through rates! And finally, mental strength!
The best trick for me was removing the emails from my inbox, normally I’ll have a good nosey through them and open every single link in a new tab but as always, it’s a dangerous road from there to the checkout button.
I saved money
You might be thinking ‘well duh obviously you saved money‘ but I’ve surprised myself at how much I saved! I’m not really going to go into this too much as it’s a bit of a blatant statement. The main reason why I wanted to stop shopping for a week was to work out how much I could save and I can safely say it’s a lot!
Stuff got done
You wouldn’t believe the difference in my productivity when I didn’t spend every spare minute on ASOS. Before, I would naturally open a new tab in Chrome and type a-s and automatically my favourite website would pop up. It became second nature so even when I was deep in checking bank statements, I’d be shopping before I knew it. In the last week I’ve been able to tick off everything on my list without being distracted. Priorities have remained as priorities and I’ve just been able to get a lot of shit done!
I rediscovered clothes
I have a mass of clothes in my wardrobe, drawers and boxes under my bed. No matter how many I throw away, there’s still a shit tonne in there! By not being able to just order a new top for the party I’m going to at the weekend or buy a new pair of Converse for the sake of it, it meant I had to actually start using what I had. It’s made me feel very ungrateful for what I have, despite buying all my clothes with my own money. How can I have so many unused clothes lying around gathering dust when some people have nothing? So I made the most out of what I already had and rediscovered a few key items in my wardrobe that I’d forgotten about for so long! I also discovered some summer pieces in my Mum’s wardrobe too!
My attitude changed
My attitude to money has completely changed in the last week. I’ve now developed the mindset that the £40 I was going to spend on a new pair of jeans which I don’t need, could be a week’s food shop when I move out. The tenner I bought yet another foundation with could’ve been used for my petrol money. I used to feel like online money wasn’t real because it wasn’t cash or a bit of plastic in my hand, please say I’m not alone ladies! But after the amount of money I’ve saved this week, which I can swiftly transfer to my savings account, I’ve come to realise the true value of it.
I’ll definitely be curbing my shopping habits from now on and reaping the benefits of extra money and time. You should try it too, see what changes for you by quitting the shopaholic lifestyle for just one week!
Could you cope without ASOS for a whole week?