Seems it’s that time of year again, as I did this post almost to the day last year. Guess I’m on an internal clock of sorts lol.
I got to tallying. This time I included every last thing. Socks, work shoes, whatever. Most of my under $10 items are basics like underwear and under layers. Only one dress and one white tee shirt came in under the $10 mark. 2 items were purged, one of them being $8 plastic sandals that were terrible, and the other a $22 pair of jogger pants that shrank the first wash😦
- Under $10 -7 items for a $49 total
- $10 to $25 – 13 items for a $204 total
- $26 to $50 – 15 items for a $533 total
- $51 to $100 – 8 items for a $506 total
- over $100 – 2 items for $514 total
I should also note that gifts are included in these amounts, namely 3 cashmere sweaters, not the least of which is $406 if I decide to keep it! (It would take the slot of my first Jan. purchase next year, which maybe I’ll explain another day. Basically, it is 2 past year’s worth of birthday gifts that we never found lumped into one sweater to make it up. At least I list gifts in my budget.) My last 2 purchases of the year are the only ones over $100 actually. And neither has arrived in the mail yet, so either or both may end up going back. If so, I’m still shopping in a relatively mid to low range – under $100, mostly around $30 or so. [EDITED TO ADD: I’m returning the $$$ sweater so the over $100 category = 1 item at $110 total]
Next year is the year of limiting the number of purchases, and not the budget. That said, I will not be going out buying whatever catches my eye willy nilly, with no care as to cost. But I really have been wanting to get over the bargain mindset for years now.
Perhaps my spending parameters will look more like this:
- 6 items under $25
- 10 items between $25 and $75
- 10 items over $75
That would be up to $150 in low end purchases, around $500 in mid range, and $750 to maybe a cool grand in the higher range. About the same expenditure, just spread out differently. Ideally, the stricter limit on number of items will finally allow me the mental room to spend more per item, and bring up the overall quality of my wardrobe. That’s the hope!