January Challenge – a month without shopping

I’ve decided to set myself a challenge this month by going the whole month without shopping. I was inspired to do this by a post that Shelia wrote over on her blog In Search of Sheila. January is the start of a New Year, and, as a student, I do not need to be wasting money in the January sales on things that I really don’t need.


When I first read Shelia’s blog post I thought that going a whole month without shopping would be impossible, but I loved her post as she made this challenge seem achievable, with a goal that is not totally unreachable!

So firstly here are the rules I have set myself:

  1. Not shopping doesn’t mean not spending any money at all. But it does mean only spending money on essentials. This includes house bills, and food and living essentials such as toilet roll.
  2. In terms of transport I already walk to uni nearly every day. To cut costs I plan to walk everywhere I can, or get the train if it’s too far to walk, so that means no Ubers!
  3. I have also decide to plan my meals. By doing this I hope to minimise my spending on food, only buying what I need for the week and not wasting money on unnecessary snacks and sweets, whilst also making my own lunch lunches instead of buying a sandwich or meal deal.I have worked out from my meal planner that food should cost around £70 for the month. Obviously this is not a set figure, but this works out at around £17.50 a week, and some of the tings I will be buying like olive oil, cereal and pasta will last for longer than a month. So my actual costs should be slightly lower!


I will be starting when I get back to university and am cooking for myself again, so I guess it’s technically three weeks of January and one week of February challenge… Anyway, I hope to keep track of and write down all my spending, and I will post updates on my progress, as well as how my meal planning goes!

I am thinking of maybe vlogging my experience of meal planning on a budget, if that is of interest? Please do let me know!


Chloe x

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54 thoughts on “January Challenge – a month without shopping

      1. Haha, will be nice when they all arrive! Yes do! A few bloggers mentioned that they would like to try it so maybe we could all do it and support each other?! Maybe this will help us not to give up?!

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  1. This is a really good idea Chloe! 💕 It sounds like you have planned this well ☺️. Walking is such a good way to save money and keep fit too! I’d love to see your vlogs if you decide to make them! I’m sure they will be really interesting to watch ☺️. Good luck with your challenge and have an amazing 2018! 😘✨ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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    1. Thank you Bexa! It has taken a lot of time to plan, especially the meal planning, but hopefully it will be worth it and save time and stress later! Aw you’re always so sweet and supportive, thank you, it means a lot!xxx


  2. This is such a great idea, I love this. It actually makes the whole process a tiny bit fun too 🙂 I really hate spending, so I’m normally pretty good, but I think I should reevaluate some of my costs for the new year. Good luck with the challenge!

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  3. Such a great idea! I’m actually planning on trying my best to not buy new clothes for the month of January, but we will see how that goes! Good luck and have a great new year!

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  4. A great idea. I’m intrigued to know how it goes, so I will be keeping up with your progress.
    I know I couldn’t do it, but I am cutting down and sticking to more of a strict budget to help with my savings goal so I will be checking for your best tips 🙂
    Good Luck with the no spending.

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  5. I loved reading this! I would love to see your blogs I am sure I would love watching them! I wish I had the will power to tackle this challenge I just love shopping to much haha! Good luck to you! Your so prepared I am sure you will smash it! ❤️💗💓

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