Being married means you have to be more responsible (boooooooo). So we budget, kind of. I use mint.com because it makes me feel super smart to see all the graphs and charts of my spending. And it’s basically idiot-proof.
It’s not secret how much I love to shop. I’ve never been very moderate with my shopping either. I’ll go a couple months without hitting the mall, and then get sick of all my clothes and go buy 5 new outfits. Especially if it’s a new season or I have something fun coming up, like a trip. I’m compulsive.
This month I decided to actually budget out the amount of money I could spend on clothes, track it and blog it. This is a feature I had planned for BYUStyle, but we no longer run that blog as we’re not true BYU students anymore. 🙁
The idea behind a clothing budget is not just to make sure you don’t overspend, but also to indicate the importance of clothing in your life, and making your closet and style a constant evolution that is growing ever-closer to your true, current taste. If you want to take your closet and style more seriously, which I suggest you should, check my older blog post
about stepping up your style and creating a working closet.
This month (February), I allotted myself $100 for shopping. This includes anything for my personal style (clothes, jewelery, accessories) but excludes anything that I need to replace (my black tights, new socks, my wallet fell apart… etc).
My shopping goals (which I think everyone should have) are as follows:
- Buy things I can wear at school and on the weekends
- Buy things that stretch and expand my wardrobe. This means NO MORE BLACK, DANICA.
- Transitional pieces into spring.
- Buy things that I LOVE. My new rule, kind of going along with this budget, is that I don’t buy anything impulsively. I sit on it for at least a day.
This is actually working really well for me. Having these goals and knowing I’m going to blog about it makes me more accountable. I’ve purchased a few things that I really love and feel great about. At the end of the month I’ll post my purchases, so you can see how I budgeted for and accomplished these 4 goals. I plan to do the same for March.
The idea is to show you that fashion can be a priority and is do able, no matter your budget. Style should be a major part of your life, and you should approach it accordingly.
Anyone want to do this with me? Questions? Suggestions? I’m all ears.