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Linda_Norway

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #100 on: March 12, 2018, 01:05:42 PM »
I checked my expenses from 2017, the category clothes and shoes. I had one major purchase, which was a pair of heavy hiking boots. I hope these will last for 10 years.
Otherwise I bought 2 pairs of shorts and 2 bras. I really needed shorts and bras. And probably some socks that have been logged as groceries. I am a bit proud of myself for not buying so many clothes.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #101 on: March 15, 2018, 08:10:06 PM »
Since my last update, the only thing I've bought is matching Easter dresses for my girls, with money that my grandma gave me. She gave me the money for that purpose, so I'm considering the dresses to be gifts rather than purchases.

I still haven't bought anything for myself, although I'm coming to the realization that a lot of my tops are wearing out, and I'll probably need to buy a few more this year. But I'm going to hold out as long as I can.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #102 on: March 19, 2018, 11:53:45 AM »
I did go shopping (typically 2x/year) & picked up a few things on my list: a new pair of black pants (retired my old pair), a new black tshirt (retired old one), two work jackets, and a new pair of comfortable work shoes. I retired another 4 items from my closet just to make sure I'm still net under.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #103 on: March 20, 2018, 06:50:20 AM »
A few more work shirts have holes. More shopping

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #104 on: March 21, 2018, 07:51:43 AM »
My toddler got his first real underwear!!!! Also some shirts and socks for summer, all from the clearance rack at Walmart. I think his shorts from last year will still fit, so I will wait and see before I buy anything. He will most likely need a new winter wardrobe for next year though. Yesterday I sorted through my closet and got out the next size up for baby, so far I haven't had to buy anything for him.
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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #105 on: March 31, 2018, 02:15:46 PM »
Time for my end of March check-in.  I didn't do so well this month.  I finally got my shoes I needed for the wedding, but in doing so, also picked up another pair.  And a few sweaters.  I won't make excuses.  I'll just try to do better going forward.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #106 on: March 31, 2018, 03:26:06 PM »
Moving over from the No New Clothes challenge - two new bikinis that actually fit well and don't leave me in danger of indecent exposure means I can get rid of the 4 that I have been just making do with for the last 5 years [when I was 10kg lighter :/]

Time to focus again because I prefer it when I don't have the shopping energy in my life.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #107 on: April 01, 2018, 12:11:41 PM »
I am planning to buy a new pair of cross country skiing gloves. My current ones have a whole in the finger and several fingers almost through. I hope to find a pair on sale at the end of the season.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #108 on: April 17, 2018, 05:22:10 AM »
Continuing to do well with this challenge, though it's occasionally hard.

Yesterday, I needed to buy a rain jacket for an upcoming trip.  I went to Kohls and they had lots of tempting clothes, but I stayed strong and just bought the jacket I needed.  I also talked myself out of buying another pair of jeans so that I'd have 3 pairs to take with me on my trip.  That would have been silly - I'll be able to do laundry there, so 2 pairs of jeans will be just fine.

Tally so far this year:

2 sports bras
3ish pairs of underwear
tennis shoes
rain jacket

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #109 on: April 20, 2018, 04:59:24 PM »
I wish I had seen this when I first joined!  This is probably my one (or one of two) goal areas to be strict on.  Knowing I'll RE next year means I'll definitely not buy anymore work clothes.  I probably will need some socks at some point this year. 

Otherwise, I just had to buy new trainers - my podiatrist scolded me for the condition of my last ones and they had this cool service where they picked three from Zappos, I ordered them all and had them delivered to their office, they picked the ones that fit me best and sent the other two back for me.  I'm super excited to have a model of shoe that a podiatrist picked out for me as perfect for my feet and my gait.  I'm considering ordering a couple more right now just to have for the long term (the last pair lasted me about 1.75 years) but not sure if that's super Mustachian or super not.

I also really needed to replace a couple of bras.  I caved and bought some of those expensive ThirdLove bras I've been seeing advertised everywhere for their "amazing" fit and 30 day guarantee.  They fit...like a little(?) better than any others I've ever had that were half the price?  I honestly don't know what to do.  I'm only a couple weeks in to the 30 day trial, so I could return them, but I already threw away my two old bras and that means I'd have to actually go shopping and do the hard work of finding other ones that fit almost as well.  I HATE bra shopping.  So I might keep them, even though I could save some money, because it saves me time and they fit marginally better.  I hate that I got sucked in, though, and I'm sure this is what they count on - people finding it more work than it's worth to do the returns.  Sigh.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #110 on: April 20, 2018, 10:11:27 PM »
I bought two pairs of shoes yesterday. I needed one. Bad Elle! No!

But I also remember another pair is falling apart...so maybe I do need two? I think this is me trying to convince myself....but if these two hold up, I've found a shop with reasonably priced shoes!

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #111 on: April 21, 2018, 08:37:44 AM »
Picked up a t-shirt yesterday in the store, carried it around for a bit then put it back. Left only with the two household items I actually needed. I felt like a million bucks. 4 months in and zero clothing!

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #112 on: April 22, 2018, 10:47:00 AM »
OK, the wedding and vacation which prompted some clothes/shoes buying in March and April are behind me.  I am recommitting to no clothes/shoes buying for the rest of the year.  I really think I can do it now!

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #113 on: April 22, 2018, 06:13:56 PM »
I have to confess to purchasing a couple of not strictly necessary items: two tops and a dress. Two of the three were purchased used though, so that's at least a step in the right direction. I also bought two bras and some underwear, which were desperately needed.

I've managed to avoid unnecessary kids clothing purchases, with some difficulty. Darn Target, with their cute summer kids clothes! I really just need to avoid that whole section of the store.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #114 on: April 23, 2018, 02:21:36 AM »
Why would one buy unnecessary clothes?

Lots of people, and especially women, buy clothes because they see them in a window display and they look nice. While there whole clothes closets hangs full of clothes. I sometimes throw away a lot of clothes, like several garbage bags. And 5 years later, I can do it over again. Then in the meantime I must have bought clothes that I didn't need.

Also a lot of people, especially women, feel the need to buy something new when they are going to a party. The dresses they have in their closet are suddenly not so attractive anymore. Many people want a new winter coat after a few seasons, while the old one is still wearable. They are just bored with it.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #115 on: April 23, 2018, 02:24:07 AM »
I still need a pair of new cross country skiing gloves, because my favorite pair has holes in the fingertips. But the sports shops have sold practically everything they were selling and have changed to selling summer stuff.
DH visited a sports outlet. And he found some gloves at a bargain price. Available in his own size and in children's size. But of course not in my size. He bought a pair for himself that he doesn't need currently, but for future use.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #116 on: April 23, 2018, 10:25:52 AM »
Well, I have fallen off of the challenge unless you REALLY stretch the "necessary" part of it. To be fair, I'm down a size and most of my clothes are rather baggy. I bought some new swimsuits, several tops for summer, and one new pair of hiking pants to replace the ones that I can pull down without unbuttoning/unzipping. If I was really being true to the "necessary" part I would have bought half as many tops and swimsuits (I consider the hiking pants necessary as I'm training for Mt. Whitney in June and the others are way too big now). So, I'm keeping it honest, and acknowledging that I exceeded the level of necessary with my recent expenditures. At least it is for losing weight and not gaining weight for a rare change!

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #117 on: April 23, 2018, 11:26:57 AM »
My sister came to visit and brought with her 3 garbage bags worth of clothes that she had cleared from her closet. I found myself a new blazer, 2 new cardigans, several sweaters/longsleeved tops and 2 short sleeved shirts. The shopping bug has been scratched again with no money spent. Tonight, my husband works late so I'm aiming to take down the large pile of mending sitting in the sewing room. There are a couple pieces there that would fill in gaps in my clothing for an upcoming trip including a pair of flattering, non see through white pants (which have needed to be hemmed for 2 year now. I am ashamed)

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #118 on: April 24, 2018, 01:11:59 AM »
I hope it doesn't count that DH is at sick leave and is spending his time sewing a pair of trousers for me. It was his idea and he needs something to do.