I have a habit of lurking on some blogs. A terrible habit I know and something that I am trying to rectify. However, one such blog, that I have lurked on for quite a while is this one http://hollyisstoppingshopping.blogspot.com/. Like most normal girls I adore shopping. Granted since I've had my own house, I haven't been able to indulge in it as much as I would have liked, but I still probably spend far too much on stuff that I don't really need. Holly was someone, who blew her wages within a matter of days on handbags, shoes, you name it, she bought it! Deciding that she really need to gain some control over this, she devised the idea of going 'cold turkey' for a year and stopped shopping. Guidelines were set in what she could and could not spend her money on i.e. food, bus fares etc and she even devised 'no spend days' where she couldn't spend money on anything. In the year that she ran this experiment, Holly managed to clear £700 off her credit cards, a £750 overdraft and put more than £5000 in savings, all because she stopped shopping. Along the way, Holly also gave us tips on what accounts were best to save your money in and how to make money from your unwanted items.
Holly's year has now ended and her new blog is at http://shopaholly.wordpress.com/. Although Holly has begun to shop once more, she's hoping to use the lessons learnt in the last year and continue to save more than she spends!