Hitting a refresh on my wardrobe, and trying to change my spending habits.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’m a pretty terrible spender. Now that I’m in my late 20s, my priorities are beginning to shift dramatically. No, my love for shopping and buying new clothes will never go away. When thinking about my shopping habits, I realized I was spending more money than I’d like on useless things. I buy clothes, make up, and beauty products that I don’t need or even really like.
So I challenged myself to a NO SHOP AUGUST. Something I’ve never done before. I wanted to share why I’m doing this along with some of my goals.
Here’s what I’m allowing for the month:
- Sample sale at our office last week (everything was $5!)
- Manicure/pedicure for Croatia
- Eyelash extensions for Croatia
- Amazon purchase for some travel size toiletries for Croatia
What I think I spend on clothes/products and what I actually spend on clothes/products is VERY different.
realize things are “wants” instead of “needs”
This is my biggest problem. When I see something I love, I automatically think it’s going to sell out and that I absolutely NEED it. I’m such a crazy impulse buyer. My closet and drawers have become WAY too much to keep up with at this point. I have ZERO space anymore. This means a purge is SO needed. And when I do purge, I realize just how much useless stuff I have. It is NOT good. The more I bought, the more unnecessary these purchases became.
putting that money towards credit cards each month
I mentioned in my Instagram Stories a few weeks ago that I was working with The Financial Gym over the next few months to help me pay off some of my pesky credit card debt. Instead of easily spending a few hundred on clothes, I should be paying down my student loans and credit cards with that money. Smart, right? So much easier said than done. But I’m definitely working on it. I’m finally starting to understand the way credit works (don’t judge me, k thanks), so August is a big learning curve for me.
build a better wardrobe
When it’s all said and done, at the end of August I hope that I’ll realize I don’t need all the clothes. I should be utilizing what’s in my closet already, and only adding pieces that will be around for a while, and that can go with other things in my wardrobe. I know my style is always evolving, but there are definitely pieces I’m constantly reaching for.
So, at the end of August, I’m hoping to have an entirely new perspective on shopping and my spending habits. I’d love to know if you’ve ever done a month of no shopping – DID YOU GET THROUGH IT?!;) All words of encouragement are greatly appreciated!