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.