Monday, August 6, 2012

shopping on a budget

I made a small pit stop in the previous post about toddler clothes to mention something that I want to reiterate: 
 "I've been really convicted on our journey the past few years as we learn to be wise with our money. It's a silly thing to go into debt for fashion. You may look good but you don't FEEL good when you dress beyond your wallet. That's why my purchases are very calculated and I'm forced to be creative. Sometimes not being rich is a blessing- it makes you learn how to re-use things in a new and creative way because you can't just go buy every whim and fancy. Many of my "name brand" things are really from Ebay- or take me months to save for. Learning what pieces are worth the investment and what pieces aren't has been a huge step for me."

You can find things for good prices. You can splurge when it's wise. You can pass up good offers. You can do all those things and still dress in a way that shows your personal style.

To me, shopping is a calculated decision. I have a budget. I look online and start with Ebay and Amazon to see if I can find it used or on sale. I scour online and fashion magazines to create my plan of attack. I shop by a list and buy the items I know I need so that my closet works well with itself. It is a common frustration, I think, to find yourself with a closet full of pieces that you don't know how to wear or only know how to wear with one or two outfits. So I figure out my style. I figure out what I like in every season and what pieces I have already that can work with the next season. I put things that are quality and I know will come back in a Tupperware bin in the garage to wait for it's turn again so that I only have things in my closet that work for that season- the word "season" meaning both the weather during the specific time of year AND the current fashion/style cycle. And if it doesn't fit, it doesn't stay. It either gets donated or stored for a later time. And my rule is always: unless it's a special occasion dress or something, if I haven't worn it in the past 6 months and it isn't high quality, it gets donated to Goodwill.

I used to feel obligated to take advantage of every good price I came across until I heard someone say, "You can go poor trying to save money." And I realized that if you don't have the money, you don't have the money- sale or no sale!! So that has freed me to even let great deals go by. And I'm going to be honest and tell you that I've passed up pieces that I still mourn and think about and regret not buying. But at the end of the day I need to respect my family by following a budget and bless the Lord with the finances He has entrusted to us. 

A model once said, "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." But I'd say "Nothing looks as good as being financially wise feels."

1 comment:

  1. Love this!! :) And your "price per wear" has really made me think lately, too.