I’m throwing down the gauntlet and officially declaring 2016 a clothes-free year. Stop it, you know what I mean 😉 In my not-so-frugal past, I have frequently gone on what I like to call buying binges. I would go for months without purchasing a thing. And then, one weekend, I would fall off the wagon and drop hundreds on some new threads. I have made a decision to officially banish any and all shopping sprees from my life.
Hopping On The Bandwagon
Yes, I’m hopping on the clothes-buying ban bandwagon. I dare you to say that fast three times! This is something that many fellow frugal friends have done, and are doing. The most popular being Mr. and Mrs. Frugalwoods. I believe they’re well into their second year. Kudos to them!
This really shouldn’t be a stretch for my frugal self. I honestly think the last time I bought myself some clothes was just before my wedding. I needed a dress 😛 I did, however, want to buy myself some new hiking boots on our honeymoon in Vermont, but I decided against it when I saw the price tag. Instead, I decided my almost new trail-running sneakers were up for the job. And, I was right. I’ve been using them for all of my hiking needs. Let’s face it, I’m not climbing Everest. Yet.
I’m going to go ahead and declare the commencement of this blessed event as being retroactive on January 1st this year. After all, I know I haven’t bought any clothes for a few months. Unfortunately, since I rarely have any money earmarked for clothes, this probably won’t yield a noticeable difference in our monthly expenses, but it still feels good knowing I am actively NOT spending unnecessarily on clothes I don’t need. I probably have enough clothes to last me the rest of my life. Sadly, I’m not joking. Check out my closet anchor.
One Step Closer
Mr. MMM is on board too, with the exception of a new pair of sneakers this spring. Mini Monster will participate as well, unless she needs something special that we can’t find on the black market.
Implementing a clothes-buying ban is another step closer to our early retirement goals. An educated guess is that I have spent approximately $500/year (or more) on clothes for myself. Using that money to pay down our mortgages or invest for our rental properties will inch us closer to financial freedom. I’m excited to embark on yet another frugal challenge. We’ll see if I have what it takes!
Are you ready to embark on a clothes-buying ban? Remember, there is strength in numbers. I’d also love the company.
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