Style on a Real Life Budget
I’m here to share that one doesn’t have to put off style just because the bank account is challenged. For the last eight months, I’ve been working with a realistic budget. A $75/month budget.
At first I thought I would have to scrap the challenge with such an impossible budget. Not to mention that such a teensy-tiny amount was discouraging. But hey – I was determined to keep it real (and I had little choice anyway!).
First things first, I had to stop subscribing to certain style blogs. Many bloggers seem to have an endless supply of cash to support their fashion hobby. I couldn’t relate. I could only compare (nasty habit).
At the beginning of my challenge I had a loooooong list of things I thought I absolutely had to have in order to make it work. But since I couldn’t buy everything at once, I had to make do with what I had and be thoughtful about what I bought. Not a bad thing really.
Since I don’t have the money, I’ve had to invest my time instead. Looking for a good deal on clothing can take awhile especially when it’s done on eBay or at the Goodwill.
Pinterest has played a helpful hand in keeping me focused on what items I really need. I collect my favorite looks and pay attention to the pieces I’m missing. When I do shop, I know just what I am looking for and there is less chance I’ll blow my few dollars on more t-shirts (I just can’t stay away).
With practice, patience and effort, I have managed to supplement my wardrobe with items I need and that complement what I already have. My budget means that I wear the clothes in my closet often. It means that I buy items I really, really like. It means that I watch my waste and make do with what I have. All personal attributes that are important to me in other areas of my life. And now I’m seeing it surface in my style. Very cool.
What started as a major obstacle has become just as much a part of my personal growth. And personal growth is what it’s all about.