WIT :: in it for the long haul?

UPDATE:

Day 55 of the 90-Day Fiscal Fast

Dress 40 of 50 Dresses (on Monday)

So how am I faring? Let’s deal with the easy stuff first.

(And allow me to illustrate my feelings with animal pictures because adorable.)

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Wearing dresses every day for work was not as difficult as I thought. Knowing I was limited actually focused my planning of weekly outfits. What made it a tad challenging was trying to get my dresses to match up with Anne’s Pick-me-up topics, but I think that helped me stick to the plan by allowing me not fall into the doldrums.

I did break down one day, however, and wore pants but that was due more to life circumstances than to my being fed up with the challenge. Several Thursdays ago, I was feeling a bit distraught and needed to be a badass. It called for black snakeskin skinnies, black thigh-high leather boots, black button-up top, and a black fierce-fitting blazer to match my black mood; I didn’t think I owned any dresses that could keep up with my headspace that day.

I have three more weeks of straight dresses dressing and I can totally do it. I miss the versatility of my skirts and the attitude of my pants, but if push came to shove, I think I could turn into a frock gal no problem.

I can’t say the same about shopping, though.

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I have to come clean and ‘fess up. I broke down and bought some stuff from the Target/Altuzarra collab when it debuted on September 14, thinking I’d just try them on in the privacy of my home and return them all en masse.

But of course that didn’t happen. I ended up keeping several pieces, falling victim to the “oh-damn-it’s-sold-out-online-and-in-store-I’d-better-keep-them-or-I’ll-regret-it” status of the pieces I did buy.

And since I’d already broken fast and since I’m an all-or-nothing kind of person, it was only a matter of time before I felt compelled to open those sale emails and partake in the Payless BOGO sale because, well, my feet demanded it.

So is the fiscal fast a bust?

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Well, yes and no. I’ve realized that, unlike smoking, I can’t quit shopping cold turkey. But I’ve also learned that I can practice self-restraint if only in small doses. I like seeing my credit card bills going down and the righteous feeling I get when I turn down my impulsive shopping tendencies, but I do feel shackled when I see a good bargain on something I need (Comfort Plus shoes at Payless at 40% off? So all over that!) and remember that I’m not allowed. Plus, how many times have you ever disobeyed when you’re not allowed?

Yeah. Thought so.

The upshot is that I will finish off the 90-Day Fiscal Fast in theory, if not in practice. That is, I’m going to continue saying no to impulse items but I won’t deny myself a treat every once in a while when it comes around. If I stick to a budget for real this time around – no more guesstimating and overspending validation based on my abusing the return policies – as well as giving myself 48 hours of “thinking about it” before immediately purchasing, I think I’ll be in a good place.

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Now, at the risk of opening myself up to censorious judging, I shall elicit comments. What say you, my friends? Shall I continue with the fast for real – no spending at all – and just extend it to make up for my moments of weakness? Or shall I just call it a learning experience and forge ahead with my budget plan?

If the former, how many days/weeks should I extend as penance? If the latter, how much do you guys budget a month for clothes/shoes/accessories? And do you get rid of something when you buy something new? (Remember, this whole fiscal fast all started in the first place because of the breaking of my closet from being overloaded.)

I sure would love to hear your feedback/advice/opinions.

 

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11 thoughts on “WIT :: in it for the long haul?

  1. It was your personal challenge, so I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t tweak it. Do you remember my post about a 65 piece wardrobe? Well, I didn’t stick to that – it was too restrictive, so I tweaked it to 75 pieces, with a little wiggle room for trendy / seasonal purchases.
    I think Whitney’s suggestion that you put your monthly purchases on the blog is a good one. Your 48 hour thinking period is a great idea!

    • So with a 48-hour think period and a budget post commitment, I think I have the start of a game plan here. Think I should let go of the fiscal fast then? ‘Coz I really want to buy that TARDIS skirt… ;p

  2. As with food, everything in moderation. When someone tries to change their diet to include more healthy choices, and they go crazy and cut everything out they love eating, they are setting themselves up for 1) failure, 2) disappointment and self-loathing, and 3) binges. Moderation is key. I love cake. I can have cake, but only a slice, and sparingly. It all comes down to will power, of course, but I know you have it. ;P I agree with Lorelei and think the losing one item to gain another item would help with the closet bloat.

    • Tee hee! Closet bloat! I like that! Glad to hear from you again, Robert. Thanks for the words of advice and encouragement. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Life is challenging enough – let’s be easy on ourselves : >
    If you’re shopping more mindfully now, that sounds like a positive evolution. Now, send me one of those adorable doggies asap! xox

  4. I think the idea that you must lose an item to bring one in might be helpful to you here. What kind of budget were you thinking?

    • I cleared out so many things from my closet today; you’d be so proud! So many empty hangers waiting to be used. (Just kidding!) I’m thinking maybe $150 a month?

  5. First of all, my heart is melting due to too much cute! Second, I’m so impressed with your dress challenge. AND I can’t believe how fast it’s going! It probably isn’t seeming as quick to you but you’ve made it look so easy that I can’t believe you are almost done! Finally, I totally understand what you are going through in terms of your clothing fast and oops moments. I tried to quit shopping cold turkey about a year ago and it did NOT work. I broke down and then ended up bingeing. Not good. I’ve found for myself that a reasonable budget is the way to go. I can’t not shop, so I have to allow myself some wiggle room. But the budget keeps me on track. I say just let go of the spending freeze from now and learn from the experience. You should start doing budget posts at the end of the month! The accountability really helps me and I would love to see your purchases ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Your wish is my command. Wait until tomorrow…

      And yes, I believe I could do budget posts; I do enjoy yours. Now to figure out how much to allot myself. I started with $250 but I think that might be too much per month, especially if closet real estate is also an issue.

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