When I first decided to start this blog I was in debt. I was living beyond my means and I am ashamed to say that blogging made it worse. I thought nothing of going into boots and spending £50 in one go on trying out new face masks and toiletries.
I thought that having takeout coffees and proceeding to instagram the cup was nothing. Just a small expense, a little treat that I deserved. However when you start running out of money by the end of the month and start just putting a few pounds on your credit card here and there it soons adds up.
Add into that the things life throws at you (our fridge and freezer both broke within a week of each other so these needed replacing, whip out the dredit card again) and you are soon spiralling downward into a world of living beyond your means. Recently I have noticed that the online community convinces people they need things to be a good blogger. The props, the cameras, the expensive makeup. I am not saying that it is wrong to buy these things, or to treat yourself but when these things are beyond your means it is a vicious circle.
You start to value your worth on the things that you own, and these images portrayed around us become normal. You watch makeup collection hauls and think that it is perfectly normal to own 50,000 foundations, forgetting that the people showing them a) get sent a lot of the stuff they recieve and b) earn a lot more than you do.
Luckily, I managed to transfer all my store card, credit card etc debt onto one 0% interest card and I am genuinely ashamed of myself for getting into it in the first place. I am now on the way to paying that bloody thing off and I never want to have it again.
What I want to say to you is this:
You don't HAVE to spend money to be a blogger.
Start by using your camera on your phone, get creative with the clothes you already own to style outfits and above all dont get yourself into debt to fulfill your hobby. It isnt worth it.
I love my blog and I love being a blogger but I am going to promise this from now on I will:
- Only feature products on my blog that I would be comfortable spending the money on.
- If a brand kindly offers me products that do not fit with my ethos I will politely decline
- If I am gifted an item via a goody bag that does not fit with my budget I will still include it in an empties or round up post but will make it clear that its not something I would be comfortable spending on and suggest cheaper alternatives.
So I hope you will join me on this quest to prove that you dont have to get yourself into debt to maintain a blogger lifestyle!!
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