How to Build a Beautiful Wardrobe on Your Budget

How to Build a Beautiful Wardrobe on Your Budget

Here's another smart post from our budget-friendly friends at SavvySugar. Check it out:

True story—I am pretty much obsessed with fast fashion. I may not know every designer label in the book, but I can spot a Zara dress from a mile away. You would think that as a frugal shopper that I save sooo much money on clothing, but actually that isn't necessarily true. I have about 20 bags in my closet that I never wear, and I'm pretty sure if you calculated their total price together it would probably equal out to one Louis Vuitton bag that I would wear indefinitely.

No matter if your money is going toward designer purchases or frugal ones, you can still spend too much on clothing if you are living beyond your means. Most people don't recognize that you can live beyond your means even if you are buying superaffordable goods. (Trust me, I didn't recognize it for years.) But you can and you will, if you aren't careful.

It's even harder to stay away from spending too much on clothing when you work at your favorite retail store. Working at Forever 21, I see the merchandise before it's displayed in the store. I don't have to dig through the racks for something or search all through the store—the merchandise is just right there in front of me. It's so accessible and so easy to buy. I can put it on hold for myself almost immediately. I'm pretty sure you've heard plenty of boutique associates say, "They should just keep my paycheck—I spend all of my money here!" I've said that plenty of times before. The sad part is, most of the time it's true. Aside from paying my bills, I would spend the rest of my money on clothes from there. It is a terrible spending habit.

So long story short, how did I stop myself from spending too much on clothing?

  • Have a short-term financial goal. Although my fiancé is taking care of 90% of the wedding, there are still a few other expenses that I know I have to save my money for. I want to shower my two bridesmaids with gifts, enjoy a week in NYC with my maid of honor, and have enough money to get our hair and makeup done on the wedding day. All of these things can really add up, and having this short-term financial goal has really helped me second-guess my purchasing decisions. My wedding is important to me, and I want it to be the most special day of my life. Find a short-term financial goal for yourself, like a vacation, and it could really help you, too!

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