I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but definitely not back to my original shape. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get back to the way I was. I’m not counting on it.
Unfortunately (or maybe, fortunately?) none of my old jeans fit anymore. When it comes to clothes shopping, I don’t think there’s anything more frustrating than trying to find a good pair of jeans. I usually have to try on a lot of pants before finding some that will work, let alone look good.
In the past, I’ve just bought clothes as needed, and tried to keep my spending to a minimum. I’d flock to clearance racks and try not to ever pay full price for an item.
I’m going to change my strategy a bit.
First, I’ll take a complete inventory of what I have. I’ll get rid of clothes that I haven’t worn in awhile, and have no likelihood of wearing again.
Next, I’ll identify the gaps in my wardrobe. I’m predicting that I’ll need clothes for day-to-day wear and some nicer things for church.
I’ll create a shopping list of concrete items that will serve a specific purpose. For example, blue jeans for daily wear, nicer jeans, tops that will work well while nursing, etc. This way, when I go shopping, I won’t just get a bunch of things that I like on the rack. I’ll only get it if it has a specific place in my closet (and life!).
Finally, I’m going to try to do something that I haven’t really done in the past: Ignore the price tags. At least, initially. I don’t want to buy a pair of pants simply because they’re really cheap. I want to buy them because they fit well, are well-made, and will get plenty of use. If that means I have to spend a bit more to get an item that fits the bill, then that’s what I’ll have to do. Which makes more sense: Paying $50 for something you’ll wear a few times per week, or $10 for something that you wear once and never again?
Of course, if I can get that $50 thing for 20 percent off, all the better.
It might be a good idea to set aside some money each month for clothing for my husband and me. We probably won’t go clothes shopping each month, but over time we’ll be able to accumulate a good amount of savings to update our clothes when we need to.
I’ve heard setting aside 5 percent of your income to cover clothing. I don’t know if we’ll do that amount. Perhaps I’ll do a bit more early on while I’m getting a few key pieces.
How do you shop for clothes? How do you budget for them?