I know that 30-day challenges are all over the place, but this is one that I made-up (though if someone else also does it, I have no idea and my plagiarization is unintentional). Every year in July, I buy NOTHING that isn't a real necessity. It doesn't matter if it's something I've been wanting for a while, and it's on clearance, and the very last one just happens to be my size... NO. I buy NOTHING. It's like going on a consumer detox. I know that I have a tendency to overdo things, and I also know that I tend to be all or nothing. It seems that with purchasing things, I tend to be ALL and am rarely NOTHING. This is a reset button.
I'm starting it a little early for a couple of reasons:
1). My bank account and I are not on speaking terms right now. My brother totaled my car and a new one had to be purchased IMMEDIATELY as there is no spare vehicle. I refuse to pay interest on a depreciating asset out of principle, so I paid cash, to the tune of $9000. That hurt. Ouch. Sorry, bank account. Also, that happened RIGHT AFTER my most recent vacation (technically, he totaled the van DURING my vacation, and I almost got on the next flight home to go kick his fucking ass). So it was two very large expenses, vacation and car, back to back, and I need to make amends with my bank account and restock my savings. This is a great time to pull back my recreational spending.
2). Then I bought a second car. Much cheaper than the first, but also in cash for the same reason. But now there is no "Holy crap we're all screwed" because of lack of transportation (this wouldn't be a big deal but our bus services are unreliable and limited, and I also have 4 kids). It also means my brother (who lives with me while I help support him through college) no longer has to drive MY car. He can go total the cheaper car instead.
Not going to lie, it's been like... a day... and I'm kind of twitchy. This isn't just about buying clothes and such. It's wine, going out to eat, entertainment... It's like fasting from all the things I enjoy. But I don't want to just build a regular habit of hemorrhaging money, and the fact that this is hard for me is just more proof that I need to do this.
Elizabeth & Clarke is a subscription service that sends you 1-3 shirts (you choose how many you want, and which), quarterly. So basically every season, you get a shirt or more. They tend to be things that are dressier, and lean heavily toward office wear. Perk: they're all unstainable, and the price is reasonable. $60 for 1, $100 for 2, or $120 for 3 shirts. I subscribed for 2 for $100, because there's generally one shirt I just don't like that much. But you can change your subscription easily in the account settings. Here are the two shirts I chose from their Summer 2017 collection:
Tracy is a sometimes-working software engineer, all-the-time mother and wife, long-distance runner, biracial, shoe-loving, multi-lingual, world traveling, wannabe fashionista who drinks entirely too much coffee. She lives in the Seattle area and enjoys making babies and judging people.
Favorite Brands and Resources
The Real Real
Rent the Runway
Colour Pop (Cosmetics)
Society 6 (art and accessories)
Deck of Scarlet (Make Up)
Ipsy (Make Up)
Joss & Main