I am nearing the end of the shopping year and down to the last crumbs of my budget. I have $100 left. I got carried away late summer, as I talked about already. That left me with 3 high priority purchases for the rest of the year – jeans, sneakers, and a sweater. I got the sweater and decided to make room for a dress I want for an upcoming vacation at the end of this month. I may or may not be able to purchase both the jeans and the sneakers with the remaining $100. I’m fine with only getting one or the other. The rest can wait until 2017 shopping season.
Here is what my list looks like for the year:
As you can see, I overbought in the dresses category and under purchased sweaters. It should come as no surprise that I now need sweaters more than anything else lol. This is why I have a list to start with, so I don’t get too lopsided in any one category. I need to watch my dresses category more closely, as I historically like to buy them more than I do actually wear them. Next year I have room for only 2.
I didn’t get a coat or shorts, which is fine. I have plenty of both. Accessories also got little to no attention this year. That does not surprise me. I can use the same bag for up to 3 years straight without a care. I have plenty of jewelry considering my wear rates (maybe once a week I’ll put on a necklace or bracelet).
What I did get a lot of was basics and active wear. I hadn’t tended to this category much and it showed. I now feel that I’m up to date with all categories and am looking forward to a balanced year next year of replacements and updating across the board.
Speaking of next year, here is what I have right now in my head. Things often change as the seasons roll out and what I thought I wanted gets replaced with a newer choice.
I’m excited for 2017. I think my closet is in a very balanced place and I’m ready for a metered out pace of updating to keep things current. Just enough to keep injecting a little fun and some trends.
This fall went off the rails a little bit but I’m course correcting and all is good. I won’t buy much of anything for the next 2 months but I have enough to get by. I won’t make this same mistake next year, though!