Something strange has happened. I mean not just a little bit odd but really strange. I'd just finished looking through the new Next catalogue, having ripped it open, dropping everything else the moment it arrived on my doorstep, and I thought to myself 'I'm not sure I really need any new clothes'.
Having looked at what I purchased last year, I was shocked by the fact that 33% of new purchases hadn't been worn (or maybe only once). So I made myself a promise to reduce my spending in 2013 and actually wear the clothes that I have (I know I've said this before, but bear with me, I'm fighting against 20+ years of bad spending habits here).
I'm not going to impose a spending ban (it invariably has the opposite effect and sends me into a spending frenzy - my biggest monthly spend last year was September after a spending ban in August). Instead I'll be trying to stick to a monthly clothing budget. In the light of my clothes spending being over £1,700 in 2012, I'm going to try and limit it £700 this year. This gives me a budget of £58 (ish) each month.
So, how did I do in January?
The top four items pictured below are the result of an eBay frenzy in early January (before the monthly budget was introduced) and totals £19.78. The two scarves on the bottom row fed my scarf obsession and led to the realisation that reducing my scarf intake was going to be tough! The khaki shirt is something I have been keeping my eye open for. These items totalled £34.99.
In all I spent £54.77, and four of the items are pre-loved, so I'm pretty happy with that and I LOVE my new scarves!
In order to succeed in this I think I'll definitely have to avoid eBay, the thrill of winning an auction is too much of a temptation. One day I'll share my most ridiculous eBay purchase with you and you'll see what I mean!