No Buy Challenge | Update 1

I started my No Buy Challenge just over a week ago, so I thought I would share a quick update. There have been a few unexpected challenges, and, of course, things I knew would be tough for me.

Week One Recap

About five days into my challenge, I bought a take-out coffee. I had brewed a pot of coffee in the morning, and I was planning to take that coffee to work with me. My mom came over to watch my son for the day, and she asked to refill her travel coffee mug. I didn’t want to be rude and tell my mom there was only enough for me, and I didn’t have time to make more, so I stopped at the coffee shop on my way to work. Looking back, I could have gone without coffee that morning and drank hot tea at work instead.

My husband’s birthday is a week after mine. He loves lemon bars from a local grocery store, so I bought him some as a treat for his birthday. I was really tempted by the bakery display, but I resisted buying desserts for myself. (PS – I don’t like lemon bars, so I didn’t eat any of those either.)

For my birthday, my mom gave me a gift card to my favorite consignment store. I know they have just started selling their fall and winter apparel because I recently dropped off my cold weather clothes. I have been really tempted to stop at the store and see what they have. This gift card is burning a hole in my pocket! But I will wait to spend it until after the No Buy Challenge is complete.

Whenever I shop at Target, I have a habit of heading straight for the toddler clearance racks to look for deals for my son. I found myself heading straight for that clearance rack when I stopped at Target earlier this week. Before I had a chance to flip through the clothes, I resisted the urge and left that section.

Lessons Learned

I can’t use good intentions as an excuse to break the No Buy Challenge rules.

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