It seems unreal to write this, but I only have 31 days left of this one year challenge.
As January 1st approaches, I keep getting asked the same questions regarding my “one year of no new clothes” lifestyle. I’ve picked three of them and thought it would be a good idea to share my answers with all of you.
Question #1: Did you REALLY not buy anything this year?
Answer #1: Yes & no. Yes, I really didn’t buy any new clothes this year. I’ve received some clothing from others as hand me downs or gifts, but I have not personal purchased any new clothes for myself. I throw in the “no” because I did buy socks and underwear, but I did say that would be allowed this year.
So, while I haven’t purchased any clothes I have added three good quality tops to my wardrobe. I’m thankful to my mom, sister, and best friend for giving me these tops. It was nice to have something “new” and since I’m not shopping, I appreciate these pieces even more. They have all been worn multiply times.
Questions #2: I bet you can’t wait to go shopping! What’s the first thing you’re going to buy?
Answer #2: I’m actually fine with not shopping at this point. It’s weird to explain, but not shopping has become my norm after all this time. I do plan on buying a few pieces of clothing in January but a part of me is not looking forward to hitting the stores and trying on clothes. I might just buy the few items I need online. But yeah, I already know what I want to buy first. A PURSE. You heard me – a purse!
If you’ve been reading all year you know I had a pretty good sized Kate Spade collection that I gave away, and I’ve decided to not purchase another designer purse. I’ve been looking at good quality, handmade leather purses online and that’s what I’m going to get. I want something that will last me for years! If I’ve learned one thing this year it’s this: Quality over Quantity.
I also have a list of five pieces I want to add to my wardrobe in January. I’ll write an entire post on just that later in December, but I plan on purchasing those pieces and then not shopping again for 3 – 6 months.
Question #3: How much money did you save this year?!
Answer #3: None. Really, zero.
I know what y’all are thinking, “How’s that possible???”. Let me explain. I never intended on growing the size of my savings account by not shopping this year. That’s not the reason why I did this (read the first blog post). I assumed I would save a little bit more because I wasn’t spending money, but it’s not the thousands of dollars some people expected.
So, where did all my extra money go? It went to charities, and family, and experiences. Every time I felt the impulse to shop I would log onto one of my favorite charity websites and give there. Got to say, that’s a FAR better feeling then coming home with a new sweater and involves NO shoppers guilt.
I also spent a lot of extra money on my daughter this year. It was a great feeling to be able to buy her all the new clothes a 13-year-old needs and wants. I was also able to pay for her to do a lot of “things” this year. From cons to shows, we were able to go to more and get the good seats. J
Do you have any questions for me? I’m happy to answer any that you may have! Just comment below.
My name is Misty Day (yeah, that really is my name) and I'm a normal every day person. I'm a twin, I work as an analyst, I take my daughter to Girl Scouts and swim team, I play bass guitar in a band, I love food and wine, I like new clothes, and I'm trying to be a better person.