I Didn't Spend Over $10 On Anything In 2018
During the entire year of 2018 I didn’t spend over $10 on any item clothing, accessory, shoe, hair or makeup related. Honestly, I figured I would be successful, but I thought it was going to be a lot harder than it actually was. I did do a lot of thrifting throughout the year, however I got a ton of (surprising) things brand new! (six month update here)
I must say I learned a ton about how I shop and how to shop. Like…
How To Scour Clearance Racks:
Before this, I almost exclusively shopped clearance racks, but for under $10, sometimes even that is still expensive. One thing I loved was when clearance racks would have an extra percentage off tagged items. Target does an extra 20% off quite often for both clothes and shoes (more info on that here) as well as Forever 21. I also learned that often times what’s on clearance in store is still full price online.
Where I could always find a good deal:
There are quite a few places that I knew I could go to always find a good amount of things within my ‘budget’. I could ALWAYS leave with an amazing haul from H&M, Rue 21 (shopping guide here), Old Navy, Forever 21, Target (esp with the extra off!) and Marshals. Those stores’ clearance racks were my best friend and I also tried to avoid places that I knew just weren’t going to happen (but I was surprised a lot…like $10 jeans from Gap)
Things to splurge on:
Jeans: Admittedly, I did find a few pair of jeans under $10 that I loved, but it was a search and most of them were deep in the clearance section of Target. However, for those really high quality wear and wear and wear jeans, I definitely think they are worth good money because they are so personalized.
Shoes…kinda: So, I bought A TON of shoes of this year and they were quite easy to find. The only thing I really couldn’t find is athletic grade sneakers, so I recommend purchasing those based on what you really want.
Things to save on:
Basically everything else: One thing that this shopping challenge did do is make me not want to purchase anything over $8 (because ten bucks became my splurge…duh), but seriously, after realizing that I could find pieces that I really love for well under my limit it made me not even want the more expensive things. I was getting things I loved, getting the high of finding an amazing deal AND saving a lot of money. I will probably never ever spend over $10 on a patterned blouse again, because thrift stores are LITTERED with them. That also goes for statement earrings (Target clearance + Walmart) and trendy dresses for the most part.
How to tell myself no:
I actually enjoyed setting a stopping number, because if I saw something over $10 it was a nonnegotiable no…no matter how much I loved it, and I think that’s one of the biggest things I will take away from this year (because not doing this forever!). And it’s a lot easier to tell yourself no when you know that there are other things out there that will do the job for much less.
Did you ever feel limited and really want to break for something over $10 during the year?
YES! I think when fall came around and I was really wanting new jeans was the hardest, but then again not as hard as I imagined. Like I said above, telling myself no came easier and I would get excited for the search to find what I really wanted. Also I found I only really felt limited when I began comparing myself to other people, so I suppose this helped me mentally too! I was still having a blast getting dressed in the mornings and feeling inspired, and that’s really what matters to me! Plus it didn’t hurt that my price per wear was so low, that I could get more of those statement making pieces to balance some of the staple pieces I already owned.
Were you ever tempted to buy more things because they individually fit your price limit?
Yes and no. Yes because when I found something I loved I had to buy it then because it probably wouldn’t be there if I thought about it for very long and I also didn’t mind buying something while thrifting for $2 that I would only wear three times. But no, because I already had a tight budget and I was still able to rationalize between my wants and my “needs” and I began last year with a strong knowledge of what I like and what I would actually wear.
Did this count with food and cosmetics?
Food, absolutely not. I was actually able to go out to more fun places because I was saving money shopping (I always say there’s no point in having cute clothes if you can’t go anywhere in them)! Cosmetics, yes. I didn’t start the year with the intention of doing this with cosmetics, but when telling myself no became easier, it sort of happened on it’s own. It became “I can buy four things at the thrift store for the price of this $15 lipstick in a color I basically already have”. Also, Ipsy helped with this a lot. It was my way to try new products while staying at a super low price point. I will advocate for Ipsy as a smart, inexpensive ‘treat yo-self’ subscription ANY day of the week.
Do you guys have any budgeting/shopping goals for 2019?