You guys, as a writer it is my job to be brutally honest with my readers and with that I must say that I failed
a bit miserably this month! Only 4 days in to October I caved and bought myself a pair of booties from Target. I won't go over all the ways that I justified the purchase to myself, I'll just chalk it up to the fact that I gave in to my impulses more than once. Are they adorable? Absolutely! Have I worn them practically every day? You betcha! But that still doesn't mean that I needed to buy them.
Purchase #2...Everyone in the blogosphere knows of Little Baby Garvin and if you don't then you've been living under a blogging rock! You know how fabulous her chalk art is, well not only did she draw the cutest, most Hocus Pocus-y, Halloween print, but she collaborated with an awesome Etsy Shop and came out with this adorable off the shoulder, gold foil, sweatshirt to be shipped just in time for Halloween! I didn't even flinch or blink twice when I added it to my cart & let PayPal do its job!
Purchase #3...Here's where I started feeling really guilty. I have been on the hunt for a wool, hooded, winter coat for a few years. I have a fabulous puffer coat from Victoria's Secret, but the wool coat that I am wearing is old and in pretty bad shape. I somehow ended up on Macy's website and almost bought a $230 Calvin Klein hooded coat, but I decided against it and ended up with the Laundry by Design for only $159. I'm glad that I didn't end up with the splurge purchase because, as fabulous as that coat is, I didn't need to spend that much on a coat. It's not that we don't have the money for these types of things, it's just the fact that I don't need them so I really shouldn't be buying them. I need to remind myself of the saying that I'm trying to live by, "memories over materials" and this month I totally blew it!
CK on the left, Laundry by Design on the right
So, after spending the money on the coat I decided to take the pile of clothes and a couple of older coats to the homeless shelter to donate to their store. I refuse to bring things to Goodwill because they charge ridiculous prices for their clothes so I always donate to more locally owned places like the hospital underseller or our local PADS (homeless) shelter. My original plan for the clothes was to take them to a consignment shop so that I could make some money back off of them, but donating them instead was my way of making up for my purchases this month.
After I blew it on these first few purchases the rest of the month was a total wash. I ended up with 2 pairs of jeans, 2 scarves, and a couple shirts from Old Navy. EPIC FAIL is the only way to describe this month in terms of my spending.
Although this month was a total failure, I am still feeling good about my spending habits. I have definitely made some major improvements on my habits, but clearly have a long way to go. I praise the ladies who have made a commitment to a year of the Wardrobe Resolution because they are just rock stars that I am no where near being yet.