04 July 2012

Ramblings: Why I am going on a spending ban...

I was on beautyheaven.com.au browsing the forums, and decided to reply to a post titled "I hear the postie - What have you been waiting for?" It was after I finished typing all that I thought I have ordered that I truly realized the extent of my spending problems. My boyfriend has been nagging at me and telling me how much I'm spending... blahblahblah... But I didn't really think much of it, since he is quite tight with his money. (He knows what I spend because I'm an additional credit card holder - him being the main credit card holder, and he can see exactly where money is going - well, at least for international transactions because it gives really good exchange rates).

I know that I am a bargain hunter, and I cannot resist a good bargain, but I didn't think I was this bad! I'm actually quite nervous as I have not put figures to the orders I've typed out on beautyheaven.com.au.

These will be hopefully the last of what will bring me joy during the weekdays (at least for 2 months), when the postman visits in the mornings (for big parcels that don't need to be signed for) and arvos (smaller parcels or letters that may need to be signed for).
  • 21 June 2012
    • eBay: 5 x Shower Pouf/Puff/Whatever-you-want-to-call-it USD $4.42 = AUD $4.39
  • 23 June 2012
  • 25 June 2012
  • 26 June 2012 
  • 28 June 2012
    • ozsale.com.au: Vivienne Westwood Melissa Lady Dragon Heart Heels, Melissa Campana Zig Zag Flats (Silver) AUD $55.50
  • 29 June 2012
  • 30 June 2012
    • thehut.com: Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm - Pink Blossom, 3-pack T-shirts, Jog pants £22.07 = AUD $33.87
    • ozsale.com.au: Havaianas slim (Grape - for mum), Havaianas Brasil (Black - for dad) AUD $23.50
  • 1 July 2012
    • thehut.com: Men's 2-pack Jumpers (for the bf), Neon pink Wellies, 2-pack hoodies (for mum) £34.03 = AUD $52.22
    • BellaBox: July edition AUD $15.00
  • 2 July 2012
    • iherb.com: Blum Naturals Daily Cleansing & Makeup Remover Towelettes, Physician's Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush (Natural), Everyday Minerals Angled Blush Brush, Real Techniques Your Base/Flawless Core Collection (4 brushes + Case) USD $44.25 = AUD $43.21
    • eBay: 10 x Nail Tape AUD $1.63
    • eBay: OPI Vintage Minnie Mouse Nothin' Mousie 'bout It, Nubar Polish Black Polka Dot, Orly Polish Gumdrop USD $25.40 = AUD $24.86
  • 3 July 2012
TOTAL: AUD $514.45

I have added the conversion rates of all that is out on the credit card statement, and will tally up when I get the figures. Crossed out items means that I've received them.

I am aware that I do not have a full time job, and cannot continue spending copious amounts of money on things I don't necessarily need. I am also aware that this is not ALL that I have spent online since 21 June 2012 (in an approximate 2 week period). Hmm.. maybe I should add the items that I have received since 21 June 2012... make that since 1 June 2012 (I'm hoping this will scare me enough to stop me from shopping for a few months). If you don't wish to be bored to death, please feel free to scroll down...
  • 1 June 2012
    • ozsale.com.au: 2 x Zara jeans (Returned, awaiting refund of AUD $40.00), Zara 3/4 pants AUD $19.00 (Had a $50 voucher)
  • 2 June 2012
    • Bellabox June edition AUD $15.00
    • eBay: 4 Pc hair styling foam thing AUD $2.43
  • 4 June 2012
    • cosmeticcorner.com.au: Bobbi Brown Lip Colour - Heather Pink, MAC Surf Baby Bound for Love Blushette, Maybelline Color Sensational Liquid Lip Color - Rose Glimmer, Maybelline Cool Effect Cooling Cream Shadow Pencil - Cold as Ice AUD $20.00
    • eBay: Revlon Kissable Balm Stain - Charm & Honey, Revlon Lip Butter - Cotton Candy USD $30.79 = AUD $31.80
    • hqhair.com: NARS Blush Mata Hari, Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil - FBI, NARS Multi Protect SPF30 Primer (free gift) £29.39 = AUD $46.74
  • 5 June 2012
    • groupon.com.au: 3x $10 giftcards AUD $18.00
  • 6 June 2012 
    • theiconic.com.au: Lonsdale Kemble Jumper, Socks, Lonsdale Exeter 3/4 Pants AUD $57.85
  • 7 June 2012
    • eBay: Tool set (birthday present for the Mr) AUD $39.00
  • 8 June 2012
    • bonds.com.au: 2 x Hipster Mesh Bikini, Microfibre Hipster Bikini AUD $16.80
    • perfumeconnection.com.au: YSL Paris EDT 75ml AUD $56.45
  • 10 June 2012
    • thehut.com: 2-Pack T-shirt, 2-Pack hoodies £20.97 = AUD $32.96
  • 11 June 2012
  • 13 June 2012
    • allcosmeticswholesale: Too many items to name - Refer to blogpost here USD $135.44 = AUD $137.00
  • 14 June 2012
  • 15 June 2012
    • eBay: Plastic welder hot air gun (birthday present for the Mr - pretty sure he doesn't check this blog... he's seen it anyway...) AUD $71.00
    • 1skinsolution.com: Tinted lip butter - Guava Lemonade AUD $11.60
  • 19 June 2012
  • 20 June 2012
    • clinique.com.au: Chubby Stick - Woppin' Watermelon, 3-Step Introduction Kit Skin Type 3, Bonus gift set, 2 Samples (High lengths mascara deluxe, face scrub 15ml) AUD $84.00
    • theiconic.com.au: Sunflower earrings, metallic mesh tank, plain scarf, basic v-neck tee AUD $27.80 
  • 24 June 2012
  • 26 June 2012
    • bonds.com.au: Microfibre Hipster Bikini, Superscoop Tank Stripe (Coral Block Black Stripe), Superscoop Tank Stripe (Boldly Block Blue Black Stripe), Cottontops Singlet (Nightfall Nautical Petite Stripe) AUD $20.30
  • 27 June 2012
TOTAL: AUD $973.23

Holly crap! That's a crap load of money and stuff. That figure alone has convinced me to stop spending money for AT LEAST 2 months. I'll just have to keep coming back to this blog post to remind myself how out of control I have been. Also, I'll have to remind myself that I only have a casual job, and how else am I suppose to save up for a deposit for an apartment if I keep spending ALL my money? (The Mr told me that he wants me to get a place before he marries me because he wants me to take advantage of first home owner's grant... My budget is $200k home loan, which can buy me a shoebox where I am... I will have to sleep around my clothes, shoes and makeup, as there won't be space for a bed =( )

I will keep updating this post, as the credit card statement shows the later transactions and will tally up how much I've spent over a month and a bit. I'm scared =(

EDIT: Grand total spent since June 1 2012 is $1,487.68 ... O.M.G... Let's just say I can't wait till the taxman refunds me my taxes!


  1. I started a spending ban this month as I am going to Hawaii in October. From now on I'm adding things to my wishlist then if I still want them I'll pick them up there!

    1. How exciting! I'm going to Singapore in September, one of the reasons (besides me spending a crap load in June) why I'm on a spending ban.

      Are you going to that massive Hawaii shopping outlet?

  2. Hahahaaa! I think you're my spending soul-sister. Doesn't it add up quickly! So scary :P

    1. It adds up TOO quickly... I had to recalculate the total 3 times before I was convinced I spent nearly $1k in that short period of time.

  3. Holy cow!!! Mum will have a fit if she knew how much you were spending!! I think you should bury your laptop... that way you won't be tempted to check out the bargains online!

    1. Mum doesn't know anything about this blog, and you better not tell her... or dad.. or Mike... It's my money anyway :P

  4. woah... HAHA! almost 1k?! in 2 weeks? daaaang. I wish i had that money to spend ;D
    Goodluck on the no spending ban! I feel sorry for your boyfriend... hehe :)

    1. Thanks! Sometimes I feel sorry for him too, but at least he doesn't have to pay for my expenses... yet :P

  5. Holy crap!! It helps having a wishlist to stop you from spending because it really tests how much you really want things when you review it over time. There are many things I really want as part of a spur of the moment but get over it in a couple weeks, and thankful I didn't spend!

    1. I try having a wishlist but it's hard when there's a amazing bargain in front of you that you know won't be there forever... that's where I get suckered in :(

  6. You are so brave to add all this up. I hate to think how much I've spent in the past month or so. The thing is when you have to pay shipping you just keep ordering so you still get good value! I'm thinking about doing a July spending ban. Hmmmmm is it cheating that I've still got some stuff on the way, so I'll actually receive new stuff during the month >.<

    1. That is so true! I order more stuff per order so that shipping per item is cheaper... I don't think it's cheating that you've got some stuff on the way, because I've got a whole heap that I'm expecting to come. As long as you don't spend any money, it's not cheating :P

  7. Ohhh WOW!!! thats a lot of stuff. It's amazing how much you actually buy without realising it. Goodluck on the spending ban :)

    1. Thanks! It's a lot of stuff once you write it all down and see the bank statement, but they come in dribs and drabs, so it doesn't really feel all that much.

  8. Your life sounds a lot like mine at this time last year -- except add about $3,000. I had to stop and totally reevaluate the way I shop.

    Good luck with the ban.

    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

    1. Bahahaha and I thought I was bad! Thanks :)

  9. I saw this when you first posted it and decided not to read it, because I knew you would list things I really wanted... I caved and read it just now (since we're twittering lol) and now I'm tempted hahaha! I see websites on there I haven't looked at before and I really want to look! But I know if I look, I will want to buy :|
    Hahaha I don't even want to calculate my total spending in a month. I think I might do it as a test the first month after I finish, to see... but it is so scary how easy it is to rack up such a huge amount!
    We're doing well with our spending ban though :D

    1. It scared the living hell out of me!! Nevertheless, I've been looking at things online, and I've got a crap load of stuff on my ebay watch list... must. not. buy.

  10. you are one crazy (amazing) shopaholic!
    it really is the worst thing ever actually adding your your monthly spends, i hate looking back and reciepts and looking at what i didnt really have to buy :/
    although now i have an app where i write down what i buy and how much i spent at a certain place.... makes it easier on my crappy memory lol
    and reading your reply to the comment above, i have around 100 things on my ebay watch list lmfao. again, alot of the things i dont even need fml
    anyways you are one brave girl to write and recall all your expenditures down... i know i wouldnt be able to ...

    1. aww thank you! What app is that? I don't know if I have the discipline to write down every time I spend money though :-s