More than one year after making a public commitment to only buy used clothes, I’m happy to report it is no longer an experiment – it is my lifestyle.
With the exception of a pair of cat space leggings I bought brand new, I have only purchased used clothing since February 2013. I’m a fairly practical and well – cheap – person so it was a challenge I happily embraced.
In year two of this challenge I am going to track exactly how much money I spend on clothing. I’m saving every single receipt as a way to track how much of my income goes toward my wardrobe. I recommend doing this regardless if you buy new or used – but especially if you suspect you spend more than you should. Writing down my monthly expenses – actual expenses – was eye-opening for me. I’m not a big shopper so it wasn’t surprising that most of my income after paying bills goes towards food, but it was surprising how much a coffee here or lunch there added up.
As a happy coincidence, I am also celebrating an exciting interview with Redbook Magazine, available on news stands now in the April 2014 issue.
If you haven’t picked up an issue of Redbook recently – do it! I’m not just saying that because I happened to be featured in this issue – this magazine has completely rebranded itself recently and is producing amazing content.
I was quite impressed with the Redbook staff. Despite the fact I only take up half of one page 100+ pages in, the reporter, senior editor and photographer contacted me several times to verify facts and follow up on things I said to gain more context. I was blown away by their commitment to good journalism for such a small snippet of the magazine.
The article profiles six women throughout the country, comparing two similar salaries against lifestyle and expenses. It’s quite fascinating. It covers the gamut from $30k to $100k incomes.
If you know me well, you know I like to live simply – and I’m absolutely honored to have been included in an article on a topic I’m so passionate about.Pin It