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Hi! I’m Abi, And I’m A Shopaholic

In my post talking about saving money, I touched on how I feel like I’ve become a shopaholic. And since reading the book recently – I have decided I am CLOSE AF to becoming the living embodiment of Rebecca Bloomwood. Just obvs the high street version.

Abi is wearing a black and white ditsy floral dress with a white t-shirt underneath, holding a bunch of sunflowers
Abi wearing a black and white ditsy floral dress with a white t-shirt underneath, holding a bunch of sunflowers

I feel like it’s slowly been creeping up on me this year, and I’ve only just realised that I don’t need a bigger wardrobe, I actually need to stop spending money on clothes 24/7.

And it’s a PROBLEM. In my lunch break I’m scrolling through ASOS. At night when I can’t sleep I’m scrolling through multiple clothing apps. When one of my favourite fashion bloggers advertises her Depop I AM THERE with my debit card in thumb, ready to Apple Pay my money away. Classic shopaholic right here. I. NEED. TO . STOP. Seriously, my draws for my tops are bursting, but I keep buying more of them because they go with my stripey trousers, or because they look cute, or because it would make a great insta. When in reality I’ll only wear it once. Twice if it’s lucky. And then it’ll either get sold back on Depop or donated.

I need to be aware of my impact on the environment

I don’t want to come across as someone who doesn’t know or care about what buying all these clothes is contributing to as well. I’m aware.

I know it’s contributing to fast fashion as it’s been all over the news recently. I know some of these items I’m buying could end up getting chucked in landfill because it’s fallen apart or faded after wearing it a dozen times. I know that buying clothes from high street brands isn’t always ethical.

But I’m not going to make excuses.

I could say “Ehhh well all the ethical brands are too expensive for me so I don’t bother”. But I don’t know.

Truthfully.

I’m not educated enough with fashion brands to know which ones are affordable AND ethical. If you have info on which brands ARE ethical AND affordable I’m all ears and willing to educate myself, and maybe if I could get someone to guest post on my blog to give you guys some tips etc if you fancied reading about this sort of thing. Would that be something you’d be interested in reading about? Let me know!

Abi is wearing a thrifted black and white ditsy floral dress with a white t-shirt underneath, holding a bunch of sunflowers

I need to face the facts

And the money that’s trickling out of my account, because it’s going to get out of hand when I earn more than just an apprentice wage. I want to save money rather than piss it away on clothes.

Wait, isn’t there a way you can see how much you spend on things like clothes on your banking app? I feel like this is something I urgently NEED. Something like the app Cleo which I’ve heard going around recently, where it can tell you how much you’ve spent on something one month and roast you for it. I need this energy in my life ok i’m going to download it bye.

Do you consider yourself a shopaholic? Have you been thinking more about your fashion purchases, or are you out of the know like me and want to find out more?

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3 Comments

  1. 21/07/2019 / 09:29

    I am actually a little paranoid in all honesty. Since starting my new job and finally earning an income I have been obsessed with buying clothes again. Mainly from shops here called Cotton On and KMart and I am obsessed with everything they have at the moment. I am aware of my spending and have managed to cut down and also put money into an online saver as soon as I have been paid.

    I get exactly what you mean by the ethical thing! I am worried I’m buying from brands who aren’t arsed about the environment, animals, or even the wellbeing on people. That’s definitely something I’m worried about!

    • abinunn
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      22/07/2019 / 19:55

      I’m getting so bad I really need to look at myself. I definitely need to get better though and start saving otherwise I’ll never move out! x

  2. 24/07/2019 / 22:31

    I can totally relate to this post! I’ve put myself on a bit of a spending ban at the moment because I was buying far too many clothes x

    https://www.emmalisa.co.uk

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