Mother Saves Lots By Not Buying Clothes For a Year

Blogger Emily Hedlund -- a wife and a mother of two-- decided she was spending way too much money on clothes every year. So she decided to start a shopping ban.

The challenge was to not buy any clothes or accessories for an entire year. She decided to make this big jump after reading reading blog posts about frugal living.

Emily said, "I knew that clothing was something I could cut out of my life. I have more than enough to live on. And, for me, it was a hobby...I was shopping because of the thrill of shopping."

Hedlund says she was spending between $200 and $1,000 a year on clothes. After the ban she only bought a few dresses for about $6.00 to treat herself.

As a result of the challenge Emily said she has been able to spend a lot more time with her young boys, Malachi and Shiloh. Instead of shopping with their mom all day they go to the park, go to a free museum or just hang out at home and play.

She says, "It's not glamorous or exciting, but it's a lot better for them and for me, too."

Hedlund's biggest tip for taking the shopping ban challenge yourself is to give up something that will have a financial impact. If you don't buy clothes as it is then don't give that up-- maybe give up buying music, gadgets or movies.

She says this will help you notice a financial difference and encourage you to keep going.