|Oncebitten's Birthday with some amazing blogger friends - I'm wearing a dress from Target|
Initially I thought about doing a blog where I just wore Target clothes for an entire year and only spent what the average woman spends on clothes in a year. I mean it seems anytime someone asks where I bought something, I say Target, so why not! But I am so super picky about purses and shoes and have invested years on my tiny purse collection and moderately(ok large) shoe collection, as well as my clothes, that I am just not willing to put all these items away for a year to take a challenge like this. So then I researched what the average woman spends on clothes per year. The figures ranged from $1200 - 4000 and from 2 - 5% of their income. Well, these are all different figures, so Juan and I sat down and broke it down to what I spend for a pair of pants, shirt, swimsuit, shoes, etc... and what would be a fair amount for a year. Then I went on and did the beauty products. Can you believe I spend an estimated $2,000 on beauty and beauty care items each year? OMG! WHAT!! $20 shampoo adds up fast! LOL!
|Out for drinks with friends - dress from Target|
I thought about just not spending money on clothes, because the reality is I don't NEED any clothes right now and my closet is over filled as it is. But if I am being honest, I am just not that person.
I grew up in a culture where my mom always looked amazing and perfectly styled as did her mom. It has to be genetic because I see it in my daughter's too! And please don't bash me for this, but I am going to say it. I like looking good not just for me, but for my husband. I know he loves me for what is inside, and that's all well and good, but come on, let's be honest, he didn't start talking to me over 18 years ago because of what an amazing person I am! He didn't know that yet. :) He saw me and thought, yup she's a hottie, I want to date her! So I do it as much for how it makes me feel but also a little for him too! As a result, I know that the no shopping thing is not an option and so doesn't Juan. So we sat down and went over everything, clothes, shoes, purses, underwear, PJ's, workout gear, socks, event clothing like weddings, makeup, hair care, face care, body care. Man there are just so many things!! It is crazy the things we need in our lives, never mind the wants! I live in a world of excess and I love/hate it!
|Formal event - surprise, surprise, the dress is from Target!|
So what Juan and I came up with is $3,900 annually for all clothing and beauty related items per year. That is $75 per week! That sounds like a lot, but that includes everything including shampoos, bath soaps, hairspray, socks and underwear - you name it and it is in this budget!! Considering I just went to Target and spent $109 on hairspray, shampoo, conditioner, makeup remover wipes etc for me and 3 girls, I'd say this is going to be a challenge. But the girls beauty needs are not in this budget, they are going to be in a totally separate budget.
|Today - excuse the pic quality, I am just overly tired today. But the top is from none other than Target!|
Anyway, we have a free checking account with a local bank that we don't use much, so I am going to move my budget there every time I get paid and that will be the only account I am allowed to use for any of these "ME" related purchases. I'll post my OOTD's (Outfit of the Days) about 3 - 4 times each week on my Instagram and then I'll recap here once a week on that's weeks spending and what I wore that week. What do you think?
I'm also going to be cleaning out my closet and selling a lot of what I don't wear on Ebay. So I will post a related link when that happens in case anyone wants them. :) I'll probably do some items individually and then a few lots with multiple items.
So here is the dealio, I get $75 each week. That's it! (I say that's it - but it sounds like a lot! Right?)
Man so many things to consider here! YIKES! But I am putting it all out there! This will start this Friday since it is my pay day. So effective Friday Oct 19th I am on a budget! Thank goodness I just ordered some Sephora and Loft before coming up with this idea! LOL! So there you have it! Would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions! I can so do this!
On a side note: I had to throw in some pics from just the last few weeks, notice a trend? I mean, seriously, I LOVE Target!