TBT follow-up to yesterday’s post about auditing my wardrobe investment.
Sometimes I worry that you all think I am so frugal I am not fun. Or that you think that I think everyone should be as frugal as I am. Or that someday I’ll no longer have to be so frugal, and then maybe I’ll forget what it was like. I certainly hope not!
So I thought I’d give you a peek into what would change and what wouldn’t change with my shopping habits, if I had a larger budget. As it is now, I don’t spend all the money available to me in the clothing category. The reason? I’m trying to save enough to go furniture shopping. Usually I end up spending my extra on a gift for someone. (That’s fun too.)
What would change is that I would feel free to go into any respectable store and buy anything I needed that was reasonably priced. I would still do the same deliberate, sequential wardrobe planning that I do now. But the acquisition of each necessary garment would be quicker. Every few months I would hit the upscale mall, pay for parking, and buy what I needed.
Maybe I’d even go with a friend. Any takers?
Follow up comment (9/4/2014): I cannot over-emphasize the importance of planning, though. This is not high school! (I am yelling at myself, here, in the nicest possible way.) While leaving oneself open to possibility is certainly important, I have to own up to the reality that I am a long way from being able to make a snap buying decision without knowing exactly what I need. And, I discovered today, I feel
guilty insincere when I try on clothes in the nice stores where they actually help you and then run out of time or decisiveness and don’t buy anything. The end.