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Hi, I’m Sarah and I’m a Shopping Addict

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[Antisocial] Graces by Paolo Marconi
Obviously they’re looking towards a fifty percent off sale.

I stumbled upon a few blog posts today. The most influential was Gala Darling’s Shopping Detox post. It forced me to realise something that the people close to me have been telling me for a long time. I am a shopping addict.
Forever, it seems that I make plans to budget or to stop spending certain amounts of money on consumer goods. I remember when I was younger, in high school and had no money bar that I made from bargaining jobs around the house. (Mind you, I saved a few hundred doing that. Enough to afford my first electric guitar.) I would go all out on clothes with my Christmas and birthday money and between that I would only ever buy from thrift stores. But it seems with my increased ability to access money on the internet I’ve gotten a bit out of control.

You see, Coen’s recently arrived VISA did not mesh well with my sudden summer boredom. (Don’t spend all your time studying during semester because, trust me, you will crash when free time hits.)

I’ve been thinking about this post for so long. It was about time that I put my future shopping rules down on ‘paper’. I get an immense amount of guilt when I feel that I’ve let you guys down, so I’m hopping it’ll push me to uphold my goals!

My Shopping Rules (For the Next Six Months)

  • Ten dollars each fortnight can be used on online purchases (This means I can accumulate for quality pieces, and I wont be able to spurge on sudden obsessions).
  • Fifty dollars a month can be spent at physical stores.
  • Necessities do not count. Aka, groceries, cosmetic top-ups, medicine, etc.
  • This may sound absolutely ridiculous but shoes do not count. I’m ridiculously picky about ym shoes and have been wanting to curate a nice collection of quality shoes (I felt in the past that all I would wear were my Docs!).

Do you guys have a clothing budget? Any tips for living through one?

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4 Comments

  1. December 2, 2013 / 11:53 am

    I wish I even had a budget for clothes. I usually buy things I really need – like tops and nickers and that sort of thing, but sometimes I splurge and need to count the money of my eating budget. I have a budget for food, because I have so little money per month.

    • December 2, 2013 / 12:11 pm

      Oh man, I know that feel. If my partner and I didn't share costs I would be sucked drier than, well, something that's really dry.

  2. December 2, 2013 / 3:54 pm

    I did a shopping free year once. It was in the beginning of the 2000's when fashion shifted away from my style, and I already had too much junk anyway. I didn't buy any clothes at all for a whole year, except underwear. Instead I "shopped my closet" and used stuff I almost forgot I had.

    At the end of the year I started noticing how I had worn out certain items, and I threw them out. It was liberating and put my earlier spending in perspective. It was more obvious what types of clothes I actually wear and what things just end up in my closet, and it has made me think more around my purchases.

  3. December 3, 2013 / 7:53 am

    Ms Misantropias experience is very learning.
    I keep my budget tight right now. I only buy things I really need. But I shop at both sales and designer clothes.
    I have a huge wardrobe with clothes but I cant wear much of it because weight gain.

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