Why I Gave Up Clothes Shopping for Six Months

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I was the second oldest of eight children: My mom sewed our holiday dresses. Back-to-school shopping often consisted of sifting through black trash bags of hand-me-downs.

Given the situation, I learned to do the best I could with what I had.

Growing up, I always took my allowance to the thrift store and came home with armloads of secondhand items I would rip, sew and remake into something all my own. I covered a pink jean skirt in patches, hemmed a long calico dress into a beach cover-up and used Sharpies to cover a ripped pair of jeans with Marxist slogans and excerpts of Yeats poems.

Suffice it to say, my peers’ responses to my jaunty fashions were less than kind. By junior year of high school, I was bouncing checks at The Gap and spending everything I earned on clothing so I could finally fit in.

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An outfit remade from a hand-me down. The collar is added. I made the hat.

By the time I graduated from college and landed my first real job, I knew exactly what I was going to do with the money: buy brand new clothes.

Nothing on sale and nothing from the clearance rack, so help me God!

Seven Years Later: My Adult Closet

Me in 10th grade, in a fleece skirt I sewed myself. Sweater: Thrifted.

I soon broke my vow to buy only new things. Years of penny-pinching HAD made me compulsively cheap. When I stepped up to those rows of clean new clothes, I took one look at the prices and my head spun. $50 for a pair of pants? I retreated to the clearance rack.

Over the years, I amassed a large amount of cheaply made clothing. “This coat was only five dollars at Target!” I’d crow to my husband. Never mind that it was a poor-quality, unlined, tan coat with 80s-style puffy shoulders (and this was only about three years ago).

“I’m surprised they didn’t pay you to take it away from them,” he’d groan.

Although everything in my closet was inexpensive, it added up. My budget was supposed to be $50 a month, but I was spending anywhere from $100 to $150. I thought I was being frugal by sticking to items that were cheap, but it was almost like eating French fries and never being satisfied–I couldn’t escape the feeling that I never had anything to wear. That feeling, paired with deals that seemed “too good to pass up,” created the perfect storm. I’d see a jacket I had to buy, even if it wasn’t really the ideal jacket for me. I could make it work, I’d tell myself, if I added a belt, or paired it with leggings, or wore it with a sweater (which I’d eventually have to buy, too).

My Turning Point

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Me and my daughter

I hit my turning point after I had a baby. Once my daughter was born and I lost the weight, I joyfully opened up the tubs of my pre-baby clothes … and saw that my once-whimsical sundress (only $7!) and leggings ($5) were coming apart at the seams. As I tried on each outfit, all of my former clothes seemed desperate and ridiculous.

Although I was back in my old size, the clothes fit me differently and looked cheaper than I remembered. I had taken a break from clothing obsession for over a year, during which I just wore what I had or the maternity clothes people loaned me. When I finally returned to my old threads, I saw them with new eyes. There are only so many jeggings you can wear to play dates before you look like you’re refusing to give up on your youth. I didn’t want to be the mom in a cheap halter top at the choir concert.

Something had to change.

This Year’s ‘How Poor Are We?’ Summit

The next big shift happened when my husband and I sat down to talk about our finances. Every year, he holds what I call our annual “How Poor Are We?” summit. And I’m only half joking about the name.

I started calling it that to lighten the mood, because he’s so frugal and matter-of-fact about where we’ve gone wrong with our finances that he seems emotionless when it comes to money, and I’ve got plenty of emotion to go around. Sometime in January, he sits down with our budget and breaks out our income, expenses, goals and future outlook. I suppose if I had a more lucrative career, I’d relish these talks. But I’m a writer, so it’s painful (he’s an electrical engineer). On more than one occasion I’ve run sobbing from the room.

This year, our outlook was more promising than last because we’re so close to finally paying off my school debt, but it was also more daunting–in addition to finishing off that debt and saving for a vacation, we want to start saving for Kid Number Two.

According to our spreadsheet, we might as well have been trying to finance a moon colony.

“Dave,” I announced, “I am going to give up my clothing budget for six months.”

For three nights, we negotiated our appliances and entertainment budgets, and put saving for a new car on hold. But the most glaring sinkhole was my clothing budget. Most of our expenses are shared, like groceries or home expenses, so this is the only line item in our budget (aside from my coffee) that’s for me and me alone. In addition to using it for clothes, I frequently used it as a catchall when I overspent in other areas. For example, we had a set budget to buy things like books, but if I went over on books, I’d let my personal “clothing budget” pick up the slack.

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"I'm not a player, I just blog a lot."

Ideally, my catchall “clothing budget” should have been only 5% of our total monthly spending (excluding our mortgage), but in reality it was turning into 10-15%.

“Dave,” I announced on our final night of the “How Poor Are We?” summit, “I am going to give up my clothing budget for six months.”

He laughed. I commanded him to be supportive. He pulled himself together and said, “How are you going to make that happen?”

I stood up straight and declared what every naval-gazey writer has declared to an unimpressed universe since 1998: “I’ll blog it!”

So I did.

The ‘No-Pants Challenge’ Is Born

For six months, I vowed not to buy one item of clothing, or any of the other items I grouped into my “clothing budget.” Right now, I’m in the middle of month four.

Me as an adult, in an outfit I actually like

The first two months were hard. I was still going into stores and browsing because I needed to shop for my daughter. When I saw stuff I liked, I’d ask myself, Is there anywhere in the budget I could hide this purchase? But then I’d think, No, wait, that’s really sneaky and indicates a serious problem! It’s just a few months, suck it up, Lenz!

I didn’t break my vow, but I came close.

But by month three, I wasn’t doing that anymore. Now I just avoid places that will make me want to spend. I shop for my daughter more online, or stay only in the baby section of department stores. Luckily she’s an impatient infant, so it’s hard to linger, anyway. I reward myself in other ways. At the end of the month, for example, I’ll find that I still have $3 left in my coffee budget and treat myself to a soy latte to celebrate not buying a bunch of crappy clothes.

The Big Impact the ‘No Pants Challenge’ Has Had on Me

Last month, I got a letter declaring one of my school loans to be completely paid off three months sooner than expected. My husband and I are on track to have my loans paid off by the end of the year; if not for the “No Pants Challenge,” it probably would have taken until the end of next year. We’ve saved ourselves 9-12 months of stress … and interest payments.

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I paid off my loan three months early!

Four months in, I’m holding strong. I’ve even given away three bags of clothes because, instead of encouraging me to hoard my clothes, this shopping ban has actually helped me appreciate and reassess what I have.

Before, I thought I didn’t have enough. Now, I think I have too much. I’m considering extending No Pants 2012 for another month, or even perhaps the whole year.

Don’t get me wrong. I still dream about shopping again someday.

But before this challenge, I never thought of myself has having a “personal style.” I wore whatever I found on sale and concentrated more on accumulating. Maybe it’s embarrassing because I’m almost 30, but only now am I asking myself what I want my clothes to say about me. This challenge also gives me time to really think.

I’ve whittled my closet down to a quarter of what it was previously. In the future, once I’m allowed to buy clothes again, I plan to be more intentional about the way I dress. I’ll build a wardrobe of classics in basic colors, which I can dress up with colorful accessories. (I love red.) And I’ll invest in a few high quality items—like a tailored blazer to transition between seasons, a good white button-down shirt and a llittle black dress that isn’t so cheap it loses its shape in the wash.

(By the way, if you’re also trying to build a classic style for yourself, check out LearnVest’s Priceless Style Bootcamp.)

I want to show my daughter that just because “clothes make the man,” doesn’t mean they should control our spending habits.

  • Maryrondeau

    This inspires me to start a” no tops challenge.”  It is hard to find pants, skirts, and dresses I like, but I likely have planety of tops.  Let the games begin!  No tops challenge until August 1. 

    Mary in Boston

    PS  It is so comforting to know someone else runs crying from money discussions.

    • lyzl

      No tops!! That’s awesome. And yeah, I’m a complete wuss when it comes to money chats. 

  • Shirley Moore

    Great post! I have a similar history, and I still struggle with purchasing the ‘bargain’ stuff. Mostly because it’s so hard to find things that fit properly, I just get discouraged and go with cheap. I have been working on weeding things out of my closet, and watching the stores for items that reflect ‘my style’ and then watching for them to go on sale! :)
    Congrats for your accomplishments!

    • lyzl

      I get discouraged with prices. It’s so easy to go cheap and cheap is okay, as long as you are buying quality items that fit well. Stay strong, lady!

    • Creader77

       Wow! This so me. I have noticed my excess a lot lately and am attempting to whittle it down more.  I love the clearance rack and secondhand stores too at times. I am not as good at those as my mom is. She is a real bargain shopper, but always manages to find great quality and great brands too. I am learning to dress better and accept my post-baby shape more.  We do however need to reign in our extra spending. Thanks.

  • Sportmoredavies

    46 and I’m still caught in that “has to be on sale” rut. Congrats on your new found wisdom. Inspirational!

  • Lbowling23

    Great post–please check out my blog on my “Ten Items of Happiness” Challenge, which is in the same vein. http://www.lbeeandthemoneytree.wordpress.com

  • Deneen

    Everything I hear on the fashion shows is to find a good tailor, and they can work magic on those quality pieces that you do splurge on.   I have to do that but it is on my list.

  • Guest

    I did this but only lasted 3 months, to be fair it was supposed to be just for January but my boyfriend dared me to make it longer – now I don’t really have the desire to buy too many clothes!

    • Ericaashleybell

      Check out http://www.hukkster.com. You can hukk your favorite styles and receive a notification only when those specific styles go on sale! It’s a great way to stick to a budget and avoid impulse purchases.

    • lyzl

      Hey 3 months is great, especially when you were only supposed to do one month and I agree, it saps your desire to spend needlessly. Well done!

  • http://260daysnorepeats.blogspot.com Iris

    I’ve been doing something similar for the past three years and blogging about it as well (260daysnorepeats.blogspot.com) I have had similar experiences realizing that I don’t need to shop because I can work with what I have! 

  • Laura

    Thats great I need to pear down my wardrobe also

  • Laurasandmarcp

    Thats great I need to pear down my wardrobe also

  • SecondHandShayna

    Great to see someone else fixing their finances while reducing waste! Way to go! This blog is great. 
    I write a blog with a similar blog called Second Hand Challenge- it’s all about shopping for clothes, decor, etc. second hand. I made the new year’s resolution to only shop second hand in 2012, so SHC follows that journey! I want to share w/ ppl that second handing does not make you any less fashionable, but what it DOES do is save money and the earth’s resources.

    http://secondhandchallenge.com/

    • lyzl

      I love buying secondhand and I definitely agree. When I can shop again, I hope to get some of my basics from quality second-hand stores. But for now, I’ll recycle what I have. Love the blog.

  • Nonni

    Amazing. Thanks for posting this. I will pass this story onto my in-laws.
    They have a habit to (excessively, in my opinion) shop at garage sales and fleamarkets, which would be none of my business except half of the stuff they buy ends up in my house. It makes my minimalist little heart upset beyond words when they bring us all this junk we neither needed nor asked for. “But it was Cheap!” – they say. “Yes, except now you have something you won’t use, and you’re $20 short.”
    So far my requests to not buy me anything have only gotten them to switch the shopping target to my child, which means the stuff they buy ends up in our house anyway.
    Maybe showing them the situation from this perspective will make them stop and think. After all, money spent is still money spent, regardless of the price you paid, and if not used, all this excess junk in your house only takes more energy to deal with and brings no satisfaction.
    Thank you for sharing this. Best of luck with The No Pants Challenge!

    • lyzl

      That’s so hard. I hope you don’t have a problem with giving things away. I have a friend who’s always giving me her stuff, whether I want it or not. I have no problem just giving it straight to goodwill to keep my house clean of clutter. I don’t know if you can change other people’s shopping habits, since I deeply believe they’re indicative of deeply ingrained personality traits. But I do hope you find a sense of balance about it all.

    • cleri

      We are living parallel lives! 
      My in-laws will never ever understand that quantity does not equate to quality. It really used to infuriate me when we would consistently receive over 30 (literally!) items each holiday of unwanted bargain basement items. I live in an apt and there is simply no room for that kind of clutter (and no justification for that kind of waste, regardless of the size of your place!) Now, I just accept it as a fact of life that several times a year, I will donate unnecessary household items to Goodwill. I sell the ill-fitting unworn clothes and accessories to Plato’s Closet and similar second-hand stores and walk away with some spending cash…which is what I would’ve preferred in the first place. Doing this a few times a year encourages me to reassess the things I have bought for myself, and cart those off too, if needed.

  • http://twitter.com/lizardrebel Elizabeth M. Mangum

    I learned the lesson with purses and shoes. Yes, the nice leather shoes are more expensive, but they LAST (and they feel better on my feet). Now I just need to find my forever size in clothes and buy nice basics.

    • lyzl

      Yeah.. my forever size. That’s something to aspire to. Oy.

  • Samantha

    I didn’t buy clothes for a year. I had no money above my bills. There was no way I would get into debt for it. The biggest challenge was taking my focus away from clothes. I did it because my choices were: new clothes or eat food this week.

    Then I landed a great paying job & I splurged on my wardrobe, though I was very cautious about everything I picked out. Eventually things evened out, but some months I tend to go overbudget with clothes because of how long I deprived myself before.

  • Susanay2626

      I don’t mind buying cheap trendy clothing but I just think in the long run it is worth it to invest money in classic, well made clothing.  I have a long winter coat that I purchased for probably $900 back in about 1988 or ’89 (so expensive I know, but I was in college so my mom paid for it which of course made it so much easier for me to stomach the cost) but I still have that coat and wear it so it has served me quite well.

  • Sarah

    Great article!  I too suffer from clearance-rack-addiction and have felt many times as if my wardrobe is full of cheaply made, irreverent items that don’t properly portray my inner self to the world.  I want to take a break from shopping too, so I can focus on the pieces that I should really buy, and which ones to choose, so that I feel like I’m not running around dressed like a personal trainer (I won’t, however, give up my yoga pants!).  Thanks for sharing.  Very inspiring.  Seems like your school debt was well worth it; you’re a great writer.  :)

    • lyzl

      That’s the nicest internet comment that ever existed! Thank you.

  • Thisisgotogirl

    I definitely use secondhand shopping as a cheap recreational activity, and a year or so ago I cut down significantly. I still shop, but do so much less than I once did. I can’t bear to buy things full price most of the time, particularly because I’m oddly shaped (very petite but very curvy) and most things need tailoring anyway. I’d rather buy a dress on sale or at a thrift store and pay $30 to have it tailored than pay $90 for a dress and still have the same amount left to go in fitting. But this is great–definitely hard to rein in.

    • lyzl

      Beyond my wedding dress, I’ve never gotten anything tailored. Honestly, I haven’t bought anything worth tailoring…I need to work on that!

  • Margaux

    Thank you for such an inspirational article and narrative! I have shared this article with my husband and my mother as they both know I’m a clothes fiend.  My mother is the one who taught me to buy second hand whenever possible and ‘like mother like daughter’ certainly pertains to us.  We both can be seen making a b-line for the clearance section (of already discounted stores, mind you) in hopes to find a piece that we can ‘make it work’.  Unfortunately, this has left me with too many articles of clothing that are falling apart, piled on the floor of the closet or worse, next to my husband and I’s bed and I still feel “out of date” and fashion naive.  I have recently started purging a lot of it though and I go through it, put it in bags and boxes and immediately take it to my nearest donation drop-off so that I have don’t experience any 2nd thoughts or regrets. I don’t need all this clothing. In reality, I need very little and what I do need is often invisible to the naked eye.  I need my husband, my family, my friends, a good meal, my active legs and health, and my hard-earned money so that I can really invest in the longterm, important things in life like a home and my education.  Thanks again for sharing your story and kudos to you for all of your hard work and awareness!

    • lyzl

      It’s so great to know that I am not the only one. My mom also taught me how to thrift, but sometimes not spending money is well…better than spending $5 on a cheap sweater.

  • Cher630

    I like to buy classic clothes at Ann Taylor Loft (which isn’t that expensive) and the “trendy” items in H&M.  I love big earrings too, so those are ok to go cheap on.  Just never go cheap on shoes…invest in a good pair of shoes and you can definitely save on doctor bills for your back and feet!

    • lyzl

      I love Ann Taylor. LOVE ANN TAYLOR!!

  • shannon4peace

    This is a great article.  I’ve been trying for a few years to really cut down on buying clothes by also simply buying good quality.  I LOVE khaki pants by Dockers.  Whenever I need a new pair of pants, I simply go to Goodwill, go through the entire rack looking for Dockers.  They always appear.  And I presently own 2 pairs of Jeans, both quality names, (Calvin Klein is one) and both from Goodwill as well.

    • lyzl

      So wise! I am definitely going to do this when I can shop again. I’ve scoped out some high-end consignment here in my town, which should make it easier.

  • http://www.taliashewrote.com thdpr

    Alright Lyz. I am doing it. Six months, no more clothing. I just spent way too much on a visit to NYC to see my brother graduate from grad school. My excuse? I never get to NYC and the options are so much better here. (I’ve been to NYC 5 times in the past year… that excuse is wearing thin.)

    Not to mention that I am in a great relationship with an amazing guy who is phenomenal when it comes to money. He doesn’t want to take on any debt but the house… and by being with me long term, I’ll be his biggest debt… with my outrageous student loans. I’m on track to finish paying off the credit cards by next March… maybe after doing this for six months I can do that sooner… :)

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    • lyzl

      That is great! And PS you and your amazing guy sound a lot like me and The Dave. I was his biggest debt (sadface) but he’s never once made me feel like that. Go you! Can you let me know how it goes? do you have a blog?

      • http://www.taliashewrote.com thdpr

        Yes, I think I will take the plunge and blog it… though that terrifies me because I HAVE to then be accountable… ;)

        http://www.TaliaSheWrote.com

        P.S. I think we sound fairly similar, in general. Thank you SO much for writing this!

        • lyzl

          Perfect! I will link you on my site.

  • Catherine Cassidy

    Lyz! This is AMAZING! Everything you learned by putting yourself on your diet is what I teach my clients (yes, a stylist who isn’t about a huge shopping spree!). And you shouldn’t be ashamed that it took you until you were almost 30 to learn these things … just as we’re constantly evolving, so is our style. It’s an outer reflection of our inner self.

    I even just shot a video discussing Retail Therapy and that I actually believe you don’t have to have a HUGE wardrobe to have a GREAT wardrobe: http://ustyled.com/your-closet/indulging-in-retail-therapy/

    Sharing this post with my peeps! xo

    • lyzl

      Thanks Catherine! I love the video. I will definitely post this on my blog.

  • http://www.amateurvagrant.com/ Rae

    I have had such similar experiences! I was the oldest of four and my parents were raised in really blue-collar homes, so I would wear whatever was available and I got teased for it a lot in middle school and high school. I BLEW UP my credit cards in college trying to figure out how to look good, and ended up with heaps of clothes that didn’t suit me–and huge credit card bills. I’ve gotten a lot better, but I go on a binge every now and then. I tried to quit shopping for a year, and I went four months in my small town with no problem, til I visited some friends in Boston. I’m back on the wagon again, and it’s not that hard for me (I don’t have any kids and I do live in a small town), but being able to put that money toward my debt is the best feeling. 

    • lyzl

      I find that rewarding myself with small things when I avoid shopping helps immensely. Like buying a coke or letting myself have a beer or instead buy a book from half-price books…these things keep me straight when I feel tempted.

  • Jodi

    A great article – right up until the last line. The issue’s not about gender, so the last remark doesn’t really fit (and actually ends the article in a pointed way, which I don’t think it was meant to). Encouraging throughout, nonetheless.

    • lyzl

      Jodi, the last line has nothing to do with gender. “Clothes make the man” is a latin saying: “vestis virum reddit” Man  meaning in the universal sense.

  • Cc

    a 50/mo clothing budget sounds amazing :(
    neat article, well written but perhaps i am not yet the target audience…
    ill be back when i find a job and can afford the princely sum for 50 a month for clothing ;)

    • lyzl

      Well, that’s kind of the point. I couldn’t really afford it. So, I gave it up. I’ll be back when I’ve paid down enough debt to afford it again.

  • Redfan1970

     I have a clothing rule – don’t buy what I can make with fabric in my stash.  We also shop for many of my 11 y/o daughter’s closet at Goodwill or Salvation Army and she loves it.  Clothing items, like jeans & underwear, I only buy when I need to replace something already in the closet and then only when items are on sale.

    • lyzl

      I can sew…I just hate the mess and the time. Also, I find that sometimes fabric is more expensive than clothes…But I’m probably just making excuses. And good job for teaching your daughter thrifty ways!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YKKVRLOX3JPLQ7E4WXTR7PJ2LA Melissa

    So inspirational.  It’s great to have the message of this article in the back of my mind when I’m tempted to splurge on something I don’t need.  Hopefully many many dollars will be saved from this story!

  • CourtneyAJ

    I am a self-proclaimed clothes addict. Sometimes I shop just because it makes me feel better about something else that’s going on but I recently have been trying to budget in a good amount of dental work I need done. I think I’m going to take this challenge and see how it works out for my budget!

    • lyzl

      Let me know how it goes Courtney! Good luck!

  • Kat R.

    What a great article!  This is almost exactly my story, from the childhood of hand-me-downs to the over-shopping in early adulthood to the postpartum reality check.  I still buy about 90% of my clothes at Goodwill, because that’s what my clothing budget allows, but I’ve learned to exercise better self-control and go home with just 2 or 3 high-quality items instead of an armful of cheap castoffs.  It’s really encouraging and validating to know someone else has been through such a similar experience. (Oh, and I’m a writer, too!  Cheers!)

    • lyzl

      Thanks, Kat! I love a good Goodwill find! And I love that you have the self-control to find the quality and skip the quantity. I hope to get there soon!

  • Mama_inacrowd

    I wonder what percentage of women went through their growing up years acquiring a wardrobe and identity the way you described! With a few slight variations, this article so closely described me. I am the oldest of six, a mother of eight, and now to my delight, a new grandmother. One year I left for college in the fall with a trunk of thrift store purchaces. I was excited about all the “new” clothes. I had never given any thought to outfits. That concept was so foreign to me, actually  grouping pieces that flattered and went together. All those clothes and I had NOTHING to wear. Same routine buying clerance items. I bought random cheap items, some I didn’t even like. And sewing. I used all gifts of money to buy fabric. In the day, you could buy a lot of thick foamy polyester for a dollar a yard. Very sadly, we do express our identity through our clothing. The individual who isn’t confident in the clothes on her back may spend–literally SPEND–a lifetime trying to fit in.

    • lyzl

      We do express our identity through clothing! And I hear you on having a closet full of items, but nothing flattering to wear. I hope at the end of this that I’ll be even more frugal and savvy about my clothes in a way that let’s me define them and not the other way around. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Rochelle

    The only clothing I’ve bought in the last year – or two? is new snowboarding boots because the old ones were six seasons old (over 100 days of hard riding) and were hurting my feet. Perhaps if I didn’t snowboard I could buy clothes (half the time I don’t buy a lift ticket, just hike the back country). Middle class is going away, I can’t seem to get another similarly paying job in my field. And no I don’t buy meals out, or even coffee, or get manicures, or see or rent movies.. I could write volumes on being frugal.. can’t justify buying clothes when I already have some.

    • lyzl

      I think we all have our vices. I too am uber frugal in almost every area of my life. But this one area, needed control. I’m glad you do not have a similar tale! That means you’re smart and in control!

  • Sarah Burkitt

    I really connected with this. I too grew up in a house where money was tight. I’ve spent most of my adult life buying cheap, ill-fitting clothes because the thought of spending ‘real’ money on clothes made me shudder. But my wardrobe, although bursting at the seams, always felt empty and nothing really went together to make an outfit. I feel totally inspired by this, and ready to issue myself my own “No Pants Challenge.” Thanks!

  • CarriePink

    I would love to see a template of your monthly budget! It sounds great how you know how much you have to spend in each category! Including simple things like coffee!  Good luck with the rest of your NO PANTS Challenge!!! Being pregnant really helps curb the shopping bug! I’m 8 months and only spent $90 on a maternity wardrobe that I am sticking to until the end, I think once I deliver I will be reevaluating a lot of items in my closet too! ;-) Reformed Shopaholic

    • lyzl

      I agree on pregnancy curbing the shopping! I end up spending more on my kid than myself, which is okay as long as it is in the budget (it is!). I only have $5/month budgeted for coffee, which is usually one fancy drink or two cheap drinks. I also save the Stabucks coffee grounds bags (that I buy from the store to make my own coffee with) and redeem them at Starbucks for free coffee. That’s my secret free coffee trick, which isn’t really a secret or a trick. Good luck with the baby!

  • Amber

    Great and inspiring article!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SLZJQRFVWB5YIIJQ2B7C2MVTS4 MamoruC

    I haven’t bought new underwear in almost two years. 

  • wack1985

    interesting idea, I think I may need to do this for books instead of clothing or books and clothing. I love being so close to the library now. ^.^

  • Megan

    Hi! I came across this article from a link in a more recent article of LearnVest. Thank you for writing this piece, I also want to try something like this. I know I would save so much money if I would start saving on clothes! You have a good point saying that the challenge gave you time to think about your personal style, I never thought of it like that, but it’s true. I never take the time to think about my style, simply because I buy and buy all the time.

    Are you still holding on to the challenge every now and then? Does is get better over time?

    Definitely going to try this out!

    - Megan
    http://www.thebudgetdiary.com