No Spend November Update

photo-1444760134166-9b8f7d0fc038.jpgIt is mid-November, so I thought I might share my no-spend experiences with you.

In my original post, I especially wanted to avoid online shopping and shopping for clothes, so I completely managed that. It was no big deal because on weekdays, I get almost no stimulants about shopping. My typical day is driving from home to work, work to home.

I live in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, which has no tourist attractions other than malls. Little shops are about to be history, so it is quite usual for some people to go to a mall every day. Although I hate malls, sometimes I just have to, so I went to the mall twice so far this month. In the first trip last week, I had almost forgotten that I was on no-spend because actually, I hadn’t spent any money on something other than food. So I ended up impulse-buying a gift for my mother-in-law. She loves notebooks and she loves small checks. She also loves the red color. When I saw this notebook which has all of them, I could not resist buying! Only after I got home, I realized I was on a no-spend challenge. If I’d remembered in the shop, I wouldn’t have gotten it. In my second trip to the mall, I was completely aware so I just went to the market for grocery shopping.

To be honest, the small notebook was nothing compared to my (well, my husband’s but we share the same budget) next purchase, an Iphone! I was getting really frustrated with my BlackBerry, which I loved but lately the news that the new BB phones will run on Android, and not BB10 really disappointed me. This also means that there will no longer be app designers for BlackBerry, and no updates, also recently they decided not to work with Whatsapp as of 2017. Not to mention they don’t run Facebook, WordPress or Instagram apps either, and the maps are terrible lately. Then what is the use of a smartphone, I thought. OK, it is a reliable phone, never crashes, and Hub is awesome but the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages.


My husband, traveling to Dubai every month, offered to sell my BlackBerry Z30 and get me an Iphone there (which is much cheaper than in Turkey). Luckily, we sold my phone pretty quickly, and now I have a brand new 6S. I really resisted for years not to get a pricey phone, but I hate Android, BB10 is dead, and I had two options: Either go for a no-brain cellphone like Nokia 3310, or go for Apple. I hope I won’t be disappointed by my choice.

So that’s it. My one small and  one big purchase other than food, bills and gas. I hope I will keep it this way until the end of November. And yes, Black Friday is also a thing now in Turkey, but I have no plans in participating! 🙂

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aspiring minimalist, English teacher, coffee aficionado, and maker of things.

8 thoughts on “No Spend November Update”

  1. Well done. You’re not doing bad at all. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the iPhone. My old 5s literally never crashes. I had android operated smartphones before and they, unfortunately, crashed all the time and ended up being outdated fairly quickly. Apples iOS is much better in that aspect.

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    1. Thanks a lot for encouragement! I do like my iPhone, and the best thing is that the battery lasts for two days. I hope I can use it for at least 3 years.


  2. I wish I’d heard about No Buy November at the beginning of the month! Maybe I’ll do it for December. I think you’ve done well so far this month!
    I used to live in Istanbul, ten years ago. I have three posts about it on my site. I love Turkey, the people and the places and the history. I wish I were still there! 🙂

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    1. You can even begin a no-spend winter in December! I’ve been trying to be mindful about my shopping for two years now, but when I heard about this challenge I wanted to take it to the extremes.
      İstanbul is a wonderful city, isn’t it? I live in Ankara, which is not as great but I love it because of the people here. I’ll check out your blog!

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      1. Thanks for looking at my blog and the likes and the comment about Cunda–I don’t think I’d recognize it now! One of my best friends here in Ohio, USA is Turkish, from Devrek, near Zonguldak on the Black Sea. She went to university in Ankara and her husband is from there, so they visit there every summer. She loves Ankara as well as her home town and the villages of both her parents and her in-laws. 🙂


  3. This is actually not a problem since 1st, the iphone is considered as a need and well people just need a note book. hang in there!!!!

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