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Save Me!

Can you believe we are already a month in to 2018? Hands up if, like me, you’re already feeling a little bit poor. Most of us have probably vowed that the new year will be the year we save money so it comes as no surprise that this week I’m thinking about cutting back. 

At the moment, the need to cut back feels even more urgent to me. I feel like I'm putting large amounts of money down for grown-up life things, so the space for frivolous spending is extremely limited. It was therefore towards the end of January that I decided that my purse could do with a break and that February would be spending free. 

While a spending ban during one of the bleakest months of the year doesn’t sound like the best idea, you (and your bank account) will probably feel better off by the end of it - after all we're always told money doesn't buy you happiness. 

Sometimes it can be hard to not spend money, everyone on social media seems to be getting something new and on things like YouTube everyone seems to be putting together a monthly 'haul'. When I think about the things I own, I'm not exactly lacking. A new pair of shoes would always be welcome but I don't exactly need them. When I think about my fabric stash I could always come up with a reason for buying something new but seeing as I haven't made anything in months, isn't it about time I used what I already have?

So five days in to my spending ban, I've already almost cracked once - I saw a nice knitted hat in the Topshop sale but I kept strong and put it back because I asked myself, do I really need this? Probably not. It's funny how not spending money can feel like an entire lifestyle adjustment and can mean altering your way of thinking so you begin to realise that just because you want something doesn't mean you need it. I'm starting to think that not spending money is about tricking yourself into feeling like things are new. Of course there will be things I need to spend money on, like food (duh) and I have some wedding purchases that need to take place this month but that will be it.  

Overall I'm very much still learning but I'm thinking that the best way to tackle not spending money is finding ways to keep things fresh and make yourself feel like you have new things in your life without spending a penny. Could you stick to a spending ban? Let's see how I get on... next month we'll touch base on the topic and see how I did. 

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If you're cutting back on spending this month, then a movie night will be the perfect money saving way to keep you inspired.
These three films are my favourite sources of sartorial inspiration. 
 I love this film! If you have't seen it then watch it right now. This movie keeps me inspired because it lifts my mood. The colour palette and cinematography are all the inspiration I need this month.
2 - Midnight in Paris
I've been dreaming of trips to Paris this month and this film will not be helping my wanderlust. The 1920s is one of my favourite eras and while the styles might not suit me, I can live vicariously through the beauty of the costumes in this film. 
3 - Ghost World
Tales of disillusioned youth are my guilty pleasure and Ghost World fits this criteria perfectly. Enid's green hair gets me questioning whether I should be looking for a change of hair style... 
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