Ms. Career Girl Presents: The “Don’t Go Over in October” Spending Detox Challenge

By, Nicole Crimaldi

Thanks to my admitted love of all things fabulous, I’ve decided it’s time to get out of my comfort zone with money.

Last month, I took the time to get a little more intimate with my account and noticed that my spending was out-of-control, especially in certain non-necessity categories…

Therefore, I’m challenging myself and all of you readers to the “Don’t Go Over in October” challenge.


1. Participants are forbidden from spending any money on shopping for the month of October. The definition of “shopping” includes but is not limited to: new clothes, shoes, books, accessories, spa treatments, hair/nails, house wares, games, makeup, last minute travel, and anything else you probably can’t afford.

You ARE allowed to buy gifts and necessities. And, to clarify, manicures and highlights are not a necessity in this particular challenge. (Damn, I know.)

2. Participants must create entertainment and food budgets on and not exceed them.

3. You cannot spend more than you can pay off. Sounds simple, but most young adults today are spending way more than they earn each month.

4. Participants must share their shopping detox experience at least once a week in blog posts highlighting things like: temptations, stories, moods, realizations and ways they’ve lived without.


1. To develop new money habits.
2. To prove that the sky won’t fall if you don’t get a pedicure and buy new shoes this month.
3. To learn that you can still have a great night out without sipping on several $10 martinis…
4. To save a little money for once in your life.
5. To depend more on your fabulous personality and inner self-confidence than on what new things you are wearing.
6. To eliminate impulse and emotional buys- two of women’s biggest spending traps.

How to Get Involved

If you could use a financial “cleanse” and would like to share your experience, email me at

Participants are welcome to remain anonymous in blog posts.


•Blogger Whitney Middleton of will audit my closet to put together some new fall looks from my existing wardrobe without leaving the house or spending a dime. Maybe she’ll even do this for you if you’re nice.

•You will probably become hooked on by the end of this challenge if you aren’t already thanks to mint’s easy automation, email alerts, and budget reminders.

•You will learn that being a blonde shopaholic with ADHD (i.e. new purchases easily distract you, staying on a budget is almost impossible, and keeping track of payments is a job) will not stop you from saving more, spending less, looking fabulous and reaching your financial goals.

•Guest posts and tips from top personal finance bloggers and authors.

•And- I’m working on a grand prize for the person who doesn’t “relapse” on their spending!

Get your spending over with in September and get ready for the challenge!

Ms. Career Girl

Ms. Career Girl was started in 2008 to help ambitious young professional women figure out who they are, what they want and how to get it.

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