This is the third of three posts about shopping on a budget. Since Brittany and I have such different views on shopping on a budget (or just shopping in general), we thought it would be great for people like me that aren’t as up on the trends ;-). Enjoy!
Opposites attract: Brittany and I have come completely opposite experiences when it comes to shopping on our budgets. I have never been a super trendy person or cared too much about trends. I buy a few things that I like and are somewhat “trendy” and stick with it for a couple years. I don’t love to shop, I don’t look at fashion magazines, I don’t wish I had the trendiest outfit of all my friends, and I don’t really care if others think I’m trendy. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy an occasional shopping trip and I like to look nice when I’m in public, but it’s not something that’s on my mind often.
I work hard for the money, so hard for the money: Part of my indifference with fashion comes from never really having money. I was raised in a family that taught me that I had to work for my money and it wasn’t something I just got from my parents when I wanted something. Looking back, I’m very glad I was given that experience because it has helped me value money as an adult. Since I was able to start working at 15 (pool lifeguard), I have pretty much earned most of the money that I was able to use for my own expenses (dinner with friends, clothes, movies, etc). When I went to college, I learned how fast money could go, especially when I moved into an apartment after my sophomore year (you actually have to pay for water?!). In graduate school when I took out student loans to cover tuition and my living expenses, I really learned how expensive “living” was (I have to spend almost ALL of my financial aid refund on bills and rent…what?!). Therefore, I have never really had a ton of extra money to go shopping with…so I never did. I rarely shopped, and when I did, I would feel an immense amount of buyer’s remorse and worried that I wouldn’t have enough money left before my next paycheck or by my next financial aid refund.
“I’m too poor to be cheap”: Because of my “few and far between” shopping trips, I bought the cheapest clothes from the cheapest stores that I could find. Someone once told me, “I’m too poor to be cheap”. This saying does not mean to go out and spend $100 on a pair of jeans, but it’s saying to buy things that are going to last. If you buy a cheap shirt and it’s ruined within 3 months (and it fits weird so you hate it), then you just wasted $10-$20 that you spent on it. If you buy a quality shirt (that fits better and you wear it 2x/week…shhh!) and it lasts 1-2 years, then you’re $25-$35 investment was well worth it.
“Tell your money where to go. Don’t wonder where it went”: Now that I’m on a budget and know where my money is going, I can save up or use my allotted spending money to pay for clothes that I want. Not only have I eliminated buyer’s remorse, I have become more trendy, have clothes that I actually enjoy wearing, and have found that shopping is actually pretty fun! Brittany had to cut down because of her budget, but I was able to GO SHOPPING because of my budget! It’s such a free and relieving feeling!
What to do: If you’re like me, set aside $25 from your 2-week spending money envelope for a few weeks. By that time, you’ll have $75 for SHOPPING! Use it to buy something you’ve had your eye on for a while…it feels so good to buy it knowing that you can afford it! Save up every 3 weeks and you’ll be guilt-free spending $600 a year on clothes that you paid for in CASH!
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