I was having dinner with Debbie of Recovering Shopaholic last month when we got to talking about, well, shopping! I commented on how it should be enough to buy something every other week or so. And you know what? It should. I got to thinking that I might want to try it out as a means to rein in my shopping while still allowing me to update and replace my wardrobe gradually.
Every other week equates to 26 items in a year. I’ve been in the ballpark of 40 or so the last few years and know I could make do with less, I just haven’t required it of myself. What would happen if I finally curtailed my wants that bit more? Would I still be satisfied? Surely 2 weeks is not very long to wait to buy whatever shiny new thing that catches my eye!
With my usual Shopping List template in hand, I got to adjusting the allotted slots for items:
I would not ‘count’ basics and gear in this scenario but would still list the amount spent in the overall budget. I gave quite a bit of attention to gear/lounge/active this 2016 shopping year and feel I can throttle back in that department again to just updating as things wear out.
I realize the remaining slots equal 27, and not 26, items. In the past I have not filled every line. Usually shoes or accessories come up short. Or maybe I don’t need a coat that year, or a skirt. At any rate, this is about as close as I can accurately foresee my shopping needs.
Incidentally, this equates to one shirt or topper each month, for there are 12 of those slots. I can still shop seasonally, just more regularly spaced apart. A shirt for each month, weather appropriate (tank in summer, sweater in winter, etc.) Rationally, this should be enough. I hope emotionally I will feel satisfied at this slower rate of shopping.
The bottoms are just as seasonally intuitive. Dresses in spring and fall, shorts and a skirt in summer, pants in winter. I won’t get to buy one of these each month, like with the tops, but that’s okay. Like I said, I have enough to get dressed. These are wants and updates, not true needs.
Shoes will be a one per season purchase. Boots for winter, sandals in summer, flats or sneakers for spring and/or fall. In this category I’ve already been shopping this way for a few years now, and find it works great for my wear rates and need for variety.
Looks like accessories equal one per season as well. I’m not a huge accessories gal, but I expect I’ll buy a bag for the year, maybe a belt or hat, a piece of jewelry and perhaps a scarf.
This should cover all my bases and not find me truly needing anything. In recent shopping years, I’ve toyed with seasonal shopping. It didn’t work out – mostly because I was attempting to do it in bigger ‘chunks’. 4 to 6 items at the start of January and then just maybe one a month to refresh for the rest of winter, for example. That’s not how I naturally shop and I found it was harder to do. I do better at steadily doling treats out. Whether it’s cookies, or wine, or clothes shopping. This is where I hope the every two week rate will quench my desire but still keep everything under control.
Essentially, I can get a top every month, a bottom every other, and a shoe and accessory each season. I don’t have to buy things in such a regimented way if I don’t want, but it shows that I can still keep updates coming at a reasonable pace, season by season.
If I do buy a couple items at once, I will wait out the corresponding 2 week interlude per item, to resume the shopping plan’s bi-weekly rate. As for budget amount, I don’t often have issue with spending too much, but rather having too many things, so I am leaving it open. I assume I’ll end up somewhere between $1200 to $1500.
So, that’s the plan for 2017! Do you have any ideas about fine tuning how you shop? A new plan?