I haven’t purchased any clothes in the last week. While this is (theoretically) good for my bank account, it’s not good for my closet! Even as I took a quick perusal online today, nothing stuck out at me as being a must-have. Am I getting pickier, or just cheaper? Am I finding myself going to the sale section, but realizing that I don’t want another dark cardigan? I’d rather have some bright spring clothes by now, but of course those are full price. I could rationalize a big purchase if I haven’t bought any clothes recently, yes?
Unfortunately, my budget didn’t even fare well last week, despite the lack of shopping bags. I didn’t have class after work last week (hello, late spring break!), so I made it my goal to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen in awhile. Night classes kill two nights a week for me, and then I usually leave a third for laundry, homework and various errands. So all of that extra free time resulted in coffee, beer, appetizers, and cheesecake.
In addition to my post-work rendezvous, I also bought lunch three of the four days I worked last week. My lunch generally consists of a sandwich, a sweet snack and a piece of fruit (why yes, this is the same lunch you would have found in my lunchbox in elementary school). I’ll go out once a week, but a coworker was moving onto another job and of course, that needed a (few) last lunches. Gosh.
Since I work in New York City, all of this coffee, beer, lunch, cheesecake and appetizers add up. Probably to more than I would have spend on any wardrobe updates. That’s fine, I always enjoy spending time with friends and I had a lovely week. I’m just annoyed that my week off from spending money on clothes didn’t give me any additional money to spend this week. I can’t justify buying a really nice outfit by saying, “well, I didn’t buy anything last week…”, because that’s a lie. I bought delicious sweets and treats last week.
This brings me to a larger issue, more than a simple: do I spend money on clothes or going out? I don’t necessarily have a strict budget. I keep tabs on what I’m putting on my credit card (usually just groceries), and I make sure my identity hasn’t been stolen. But beyond that, I don’t limit myself to a certain amount of income on recreation, clothes, household items, etc. I find that restrictive, and if I’m meeting my general goal of how much I want to put into savings, anything beyond that is spendable, right? I think so. I hope so.
The frugal fairy circling my mind hasn’t stopped me from looking at outfit inspiration, of course. My current covet:
I have bright pink pants that are almost like that, but now I’m digging the red ones (too bad they’re sold out!). I think the scarf should be easy enough to find, and I am already planning a trip to Uniqlo for some summer basics, since they do lightweight fabrics just oh so well.