Money? You want to talk about money?
I have spent a ton of money in the past few years on clothing. I have gone since 2009, on an upward trajectory that made me feel quite terrible in 2017 when I did my roundup and I put the kibosh on it because it was horrifying:
Oh to be back in the 4-digit range of spending for clothes 😛
Look at 2009.
There are a few factors at play as to how my spending has increased over the years…
Obviously. The more money I make and save, the more I feel comfortable spending.
This is a terrible, terrible mindset.
I AM BUYING BETTER STUFF
I was at one point, buying only retail, and buying designer items. It was.. insane for lack of a better word.
I was buying new, new new, and all the nicest brands. I mean, we are not talking a closet full of H&M and Forever 21 pieces here. We are talking artisanal, or designer stuff on sale.
That has not changed and will not change with my lifestyle / spending inflation but what HAS changed is I am pretty much limiting myself to secondhand sites like Poshmark or eBay to buy what I want, if anything at all.
I am also STUDIOUSLY avoiding going into stores in person “just to look” which inevitably ends up in a $500+ bill with the types of stores I like to frequent.
IT IS CYCLICAL WITH MY WORK
When I work and make money.. I spend. It’s pretty simple.
When I don’t work (see dips above), I don’t spend. I don’t feel comfortable.
I need to also break this mindset and just pretend I am not working or about to get laid off ANY TIME.. which is not so hard as of late.