The Things I Carry With Me

It's 9:15 p.m. and I'm ready to go to bed like whoa.  Black Friday completely screwed up my sleeping schedule.  But before I fall into bed...

I've been thinking a lot about the materialism mindset that is so prevalent in our culture.  We have a lot of stuff.

This is ironic following up my Black Friday shopping, I know.  Try not to hold it against me.

For me, at this point in my life, that means a lot of things related to fashion (clothes, shoes, etc.).  It's easy to do--go shopping and find 1 or 10 more things that I just "need."

But I don't need more.  And really, if I look at my motivations, I probably don't even want more.

So I've been thinking about really trying to restrict myself, as a new year resolution.  I haven't committed myself to one of those in years.  I think it would be a challenge, but in a good way.

Maybe I should wear through a couple pairs of shoes before I buy another pair.

I had been thinking of setting an actual limit on what I could spend monthly on all things clothes, shoes, etc. related.

I haven't ever been that strict with myself.  I keep track of my finances and know what I should or shouldn't spend at a given time, but haven't needed financially to limit myself to a sum per month.

I am very thankful for what I have in terms of things, opportunities and privilege!  And I'm tired of taking it for granted.

Just some thoughts, I haven't actually decided whether to follow through or not.

How much do you budget for those expenses?  I know this is an amount that can vary with your situation, but I have no idea what is a reasonable or realistic amount for myself.


  1. I budget for expenses - clothes and 'things' aren't expenses they're luxuries. In my current budget i don't have any spare money for them at all so i don't buy them. In next year's budget i will have a bit more spare cash so i might buy 1 treat a month...and that's one item not one spree

  2. I've been thinking about this too, for a while I had a policy of every time I bought something new I'd get rid of something that I never wore, but that's easier said then done sometimes. For 2011 I was thinking about setting a budget for clothes every month, I haven't decided how much yet though.

  3. i do have a budget every month, it's totally lame though! :)

  4. I've been watching Hoarders (I feel bad just admitting it out loud) so I am definitely in a less is more phase :)

  5. Great, i found what i 've been lookin for