On Tuesday I blogged about the experience of cleaning out my closet and evaluating my wardrobe. I was happy to find that over the past months I’ve amassed a wardrobe that I’m very pleased with.
That was until I went through my bank account statements from the past months…
I found that in the last few months there have been 2 enormous drains to my income: shopping for clothing and eating out.
This don’t really come as a surprise to me – I know that I have a bit of a shopping addiction, especially since I started working in retail. And I know that I do enjoy eating out with my friends from time to time. Instead of saying that I will stop doing these completely once my Buy Nothing January has come to an end, I’m going to think of ways to reduce my spending.
My shopping habit comes after a time where I lived out of a single suitcase. I am a fresh university graduate, which means much of my wardrobe until now has consisted of jeans and hoodies. This is not an appropriate closet for a young professional.
Instead of going absolutely crazy trying to amass an entirely new wardrobe, I’m going to continue to purchase appropriate items over the long-term. To do this, I have made a list of all the items that I would like to see in my wardrobe
. The list consists of basics like a white button-down shirt, a plain black blazer, and black pumps, as well as a few more colourful ideas that will fit well with the items I already have, a bright red skirt, a long sweater, and a couple simple tops. By sticking to this list I will ensure that I build the wardrobe that I want.
This is one habit that I think I have gotten a lot better about since I had to move back home. When I was a university student I ate out between 2-3 times a week. Now I might eat out once a week as a way to spend time catching up with friends or as a special treat. I have no trouble taking a lunch with me to work, and I’ve learned to plan ahead as far as bringing food and drink.
I’ve even learned that a lot of my friends feel the exact same way about eating out as I do – which has lead to more nights spent in gathered around homemade snacks. It’s delicious and a lot cheaper than going out.
So from now on I’ll be limiting my shopping to clothes that I need and reducing the number of meals that I eat out. I hope that this will help me to save for my future while I’m in this transitional stage of my life :)
Do you know where your disposable income goes? Have you broken down your costs in an effort to better control your spending?