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Quarter 4 Spending Ban (and an update on Q3!) 2016

October 15, 2016
AUTHOR: Emilie
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Last quarter, I announced that I was going to be doing a categorical spending ban. I would not be spending any money on books or makeup throughout the entire quarter. I knew that it would be touch, particularly on the books front, but it could really help me stick to my budget. You see, books are a big weakness of mine. They’re a huge weakness of mine. I always accumulated books as a way to add to my reading list, thinking that if I bought the book, at some point I’d read it. The result: I have a book shelf full of unread books still.

This was particularly a problem in college, where I had no time for leisure reading. I’d by a book and tell myself that I would read it over fall/winter/spring break and then those breaks would come around and I was too tired to read anything at all. In college, I just accumulated tons of leisure reading that I never touched. Even worse, though, I also accumulated lots of books for required readings from school where the required reading was one or two chapters by I still had to buy the whole book. (Thanks College Professors. -___-)

With all this context, then, it makes sense that for quarter three I chose to note spend on books. Why makeup? Well, I went into it a little bit more deeply into my original post, but essentially, I’m not super into beauty, but have felt like I accumulated enough and was going to make an effort to use up some of the things I had. As I made my way through my goods and accumulated empties, I shared them on Instagram using #BurkeDoesEmpties.

I have to say, it was a fun exercise, though I didn’t clear through nearly as much stuff as I thought I would. For that reason, I’d decided to extend the ban. As I shared on Instagram last week,  I’ve decided to extend the ban. I bought Maybelline’s Coverstick because I was without concealer, NYX Cosmetics The Curve Liner because I finished my liquid liner, and a blender. I still need moisturizer since I finished all of mine pretty quickly. From this exercise, I’ve recognized just how much makeup I have. The answer, by the way, is too much for someone who is not that into it.


Even though I did not buy any books in Q3, I still accumulated new books! I got You Only Live Once by Jason Vitug at FinCon and Sacred Spaces by Corie Weathers from a Facebook Group. I was part of the launch team for Lauren Greutmann’s The Recovering Spender and I have another launch team I’ll be working with soon. I exchanged books with Heather once and won another off Instagram. Even though I didn’t spend on books this quarter, I still accumulated more books than I read.

Though we’re a couple of weeks into the quarter, now, I’ve decided to extend my bans. No books and no makeup, except for the moisturizer I still need and will most certainly need going into the winter. Otherwise, nope! Same rules apply! From the original post:

I cannot buy books or makeup but I can be gifted them, though, I cannot ask for them as gifts. I can do book exchanges with friends and pay postage on those exchanges, but I cannot buy new books for these exchanges and I must read the books I get from the exchanges.

This ban helps me stick to my budget and gives me an excuse to say no. (Peer pressure is a huge part of why people overspend, in my opinion.)

Are you doing a category spending ban this quarter?



Emilie is a data engineer by day and lifestyle blogger by night. A Jersey girl at heart, she is currently living in her fifth home in three years, Savannah, GA with her college sweetheart. She’s learned the hard way that home is wherever the Army sends them. She enjoys eating food, cuddling with her dog, and binge watching HGTV.