I am happy to say that I have successfully completed a year of not buying any clothes. Okay okay, it won’t be a full year until the 18th, but who’s counting? Furthermore, I have absolutely NO intention of dropping a single dime on anything to adorn my body for the next two weeks…and beyond! To be honest, that doesn’t mean I did not get new clothes in the past year. I received 6 pairs of everyday running socks on my birthday (from my mom) and a pair of super plush slippers for Christmas. I’m choosing not to count the socks or slippers because they were gifts. Therefore, as stated in my initial post, I did NOT purchase a single thread for myself this past year. It was so easy that I have decided to go for a second year. After all, when you hit a certain age, clothes really are durable goods.
Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’
After hopping on the clothes-buying ban bandwagon last January, I was a bit skeptical. I found that after I hit PUBLISH, I suddenly panicked and took inventory of every piece of clothing in my possession. I mean, others were doing it, and doing it well I might add. Here’s lookin’ at you, Mrs. Frugalwoods! Could a rookie such as myself keep up with the likes of Mrs. Frugalwoods? Eek!
Turns out it was surprisingly easy and something that didn’t really cross my mind. Granted, I do keep myself out of the malls and off of websites that would temp my inner fashion diva. And I will admit, when I see someone wearing something dashing at work or out and about, I do get a little jealous and think about getting an outfit for myself. But if I wait a bit, the thought turns out to be fleeting and I end up floating back down to reality. The reality of my very public clothes-buying ban!
Being a frugal minimalist, I realize it is not necessary to buy the latest fashion trends. For me, and probably you, it’s best to purchase classic pieces that can be mixed and matched. Trends can often be imitated with a little creativity and an accessory or two. I also realized that it’s not necessary to have an extensive work ensemble. Here again, a few classic pieces are fine. No one is paying attention. Trust me. Did I mention that I repaired 3 pairs of boots with 1 tube of super glue last month? Yes, I did. My co-workers laughed, and I saved because I was able to extend the life of those boots for the rest of this season.
When I do finally decide I need some new threads I will first try local consignment shops and even eBay before hitting the mall or adding anything to a virtual shopping cart. This time will eventually come. Clothes-buying bans cannot last forever; our current threads will wear out and we will need to purchase new, or nearly new, clothes. Thus, the ban can begin anew!
What Did We Do With All That Extra Cash?
It’s funny you should ask! I’m not sure exactly where the “extra” cash went, but I can tell you that we managed to squirrel away an “extra” $5,000 last year. Every little bit helps. Let’s see, a year ago we also gave ourselves a hefty raise by cutting out some of our regular expenses. Read all about that here. My gut tells me that the money we didn’t spend on clothes ended up in that extra fund. Yes! Major score for 2016.
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