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Re: Only buy clothes that you really need in 2019
« Reply #200 on: November 25, 2019, 12:44:55 AM »
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Just found this thread. I stumbled on MMM's blog about six months ago, so I suppose my challenge started then. Haven't bought any clothes since July, other than a pair of running shoes to replace a worn-out pair (I run half marathons so I go through runners fast). I'll see how long I can hold out - avoiding the fancy mall under my office and the main shopping street in my city has been effective so far.

Just realizing that you don't need to be fashionable and change your wardrobe every season helps a lot. It can give you a feeling of strength just walking past those shops full of stuff that you don't need to spend money on. Until that day that you need something new.

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Re: Only buy clothes that you really need in 2019
« Reply #201 on: December 06, 2019, 06:39:42 AM »
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Just found this thread. I stumbled on MMM's blog about six months ago, so I suppose my challenge started then. Haven't bought any clothes since July, other than a pair of running shoes to replace a worn-out pair (I run half marathons so I go through runners fast). I'll see how long I can hold out - avoiding the fancy mall under my office and the main shopping street in my city has been effective so far.

Just realizing that you don't need to be fashionable and change your wardrobe every season helps a lot. It can give you a feeling of strength just walking past those shops full of stuff that you don't need to spend money on. Until that day that you need something new.

Yup, that's a good quote.  Thanks for sharing.

This year I stranded and bought too much that I didn't NEED but wanted and I already have enough. For me, NOT buying anything is easier than only what I need because I will debate myself on needs versus wants. Strict rules are necessary to avoid having to make choices.

I don't need to be fashionable. I KNOW this and don't like trends anyway so this should be a no-brainer but I like adding new (new for me, usually 2nd hand) things because I like choices. I have enough to choose from and it won't all wear out in one year at all.

2020 will therefore be a year of NO clothes buying for me.


Only exception is underwear (including panty hose because I'm low on that and don't want to buy in advance), but only if really needed. This will not be a problem for me because I don't buy this for fun, only when needed anyway. No clothes, no shoes, no bags, no scarves.

Swapping is also allowed (I rarely do but if this happens, it's ok).

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Re: Only buy clothes that you really need in 2019
« Reply #202 on: December 06, 2019, 06:50:31 AM »
I wasn't actually participating in this challenge, but I think that the only thing I bought to wear this year was a pair of shoes to replace my 16 year-old pair of Doc Martens.  And I replaced them with the exact same pair (bought on Poshmark...old-school Made in England that arrived with the laces still tied on the inside like no one had ever worn them).  I *might* have to go to get a heavier coat before my vacation, but that will be from the thrift store because I can't justify spending a ton of money when it really only gets really cold here for a few days a year.

The kiddo was a little more difficult.  We only replaced things that were worn out, but drastically reduced the amount of clothes that he has to choose from in the mornings.  For winter we just got him a set of thermal long sleeve shirts to wear under the t-shirts that he already had. 

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Re: Only buy clothes that you really need in 2019
« Reply #203 on: December 06, 2019, 07:20:39 AM »

2020 will therefore be a year of NO clothes buying for me. [/b]

Only exception is underwear (including panty hose because I'm low on that and don't want to buy in advance), but only if really needed. This will not be a problem for me because I don't buy this for fun, only when needed anyway. No clothes, no shoes, no bags, no scarves.

Swapping is also allowed (I rarely do but if this happens, it's ok).

Should we start a 2020 thread?

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Re: Only buy clothes that you really need in 2019
« Reply #204 on: December 06, 2019, 08:15:50 AM »

2020 will therefore be a year of NO clothes buying for me. [/b]

Only exception is underwear (including panty hose because I'm low on that and don't want to buy in advance), but only if really needed. This will not be a problem for me because I don't buy this for fun, only when needed anyway. No clothes, no shoes, no bags, no scarves.

Swapping is also allowed (I rarely do but if this happens, it's ok).

Should we start a 2020 thread?

Yes, good idea. Was thinking this as well if others were interested.

Should we start 1 for all clothes related purchases (not buying anything / only buying clothes) or separate?

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Re: Only buy clothes that you really need in 2019
« Reply #205 on: December 06, 2019, 12:05:19 PM »

2020 will therefore be a year of NO clothes buying for me. [/b]

Only exception is underwear (including panty hose because I'm low on that and don't want to buy in advance), but only if really needed. This will not be a problem for me because I don't buy this for fun, only when needed anyway. No clothes, no shoes, no bags, no scarves.

Swapping is also allowed (I rarely do but if this happens, it's ok).

Should we start a 2020 thread?

Yes, good idea. Was thinking this as well if others were interested.

Should we start 1 for all clothes related purchases (not buying anything / only buying clothes) or separate?

Iím not sure what you mean - is it 1 thread for buy no clothes at all, and 1 thread for only buying clothes you need? The first one is a much harder challenge, if you canít even replace what wears out.

I would be in the ďonly buy clothes you needĒ thread, if itís separate.

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Re: Only buy clothes that you really need in 2019
« Reply #206 on: December 07, 2019, 12:52:52 AM »

2020 will therefore be a year of NO clothes buying for me. [/b]

Only exception is underwear (including panty hose because I'm low on that and don't want to buy in advance), but only if really needed. This will not be a problem for me because I don't buy this for fun, only when needed anyway. No clothes, no shoes, no bags, no scarves.

Swapping is also allowed (I rarely do but if this happens, it's ok).

Should we start a 2020 thread?

Yes, good idea. Was thinking this as well if others were interested.

Should we start 1 for all clothes related purchases (not buying anything / only buying clothes) or separate?

Iím not sure what you mean - is it 1 thread for buy no clothes at all, and 1 thread for only buying clothes you need? The first one is a much harder challenge, if you canít even replace what wears out.

I would be in the ďonly buy clothes you needĒ thread, if itís separate.

I think separate threads are best, because the challenges are very different.

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Re: Only buy clothes that you really need in 2019
« Reply #207 on: December 07, 2019, 02:48:15 AM »

2020 will therefore be a year of NO clothes buying for me. [/b]

Only exception is underwear (including panty hose because I'm low on that and don't want to buy in advance), but only if really needed. This will not be a problem for me because I don't buy this for fun, only when needed anyway. No clothes, no shoes, no bags, no scarves.

Swapping is also allowed (I rarely do but if this happens, it's ok).

Should we start a 2020 thread?

Yes, good idea. Was thinking this as well if others were interested.

Should we start 1 for all clothes related purchases (not buying anything / only buying clothes) or separate?

Iím not sure what you mean - is it 1 thread for buy no clothes at all, and 1 thread for only buying clothes you need? The first one is a much harder challenge, if you canít even replace what wears out.

I would be in the ďonly buy clothes you needĒ thread, if itís separate.

I think separate threads are best, because the challenges are very different.

I agree.  I'm in for the "buy no clothes at all in 2020" challenge if anyone else is!

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Re: Only buy clothes that you really need in 2019
« Reply #208 on: December 08, 2019, 01:34:03 PM »

2020 will therefore be a year of NO clothes buying for me. [/b]

Only exception is underwear (including panty hose because I'm low on that and don't want to buy in advance), but only if really needed. This will not be a problem for me because I don't buy this for fun, only when needed anyway. No clothes, no shoes, no bags, no scarves.

Swapping is also allowed (I rarely do but if this happens, it's ok).

Should we start a 2020 thread?

Yes, good idea. Was thinking this as well if others were interested.

Should we start 1 for all clothes related purchases (not buying anything / only buying clothes) or separate?

Iím not sure what you mean - is it 1 thread for buy no clothes at all, and 1 thread for only buying clothes you need? The first one is a much harder challenge, if you canít even replace what wears out.

I would be in the ďonly buy clothes you needĒ thread, if itís separate.

I think separate threads are best, because the challenges are very different.

I agree.  I'm in for the "buy no clothes at all in 2020" challenge if anyone else is!

Yes sorry! My post was a little confusing as I posted too soon and forgot some words. I meant separate threads indeed, one for no clothes at all, one for only what you need.

I get that the first challenge is not for everyone but for me it should be fine. Iíve done 11 months when I had less clothes than I have now and for me itís necessary. I will make one of the threads, for no clothes shopping at all.

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Re: Only buy clothes that you really need in 2019
« Reply #209 on: December 08, 2019, 03:03:57 PM »
Since I posted in the spring post-baby, I've bought a pair of socks, a wool base-layer from Smartwool, and a lined flannel, none of which I needed.  I'm going to join the "Buy nothing 2020" thread and plan for the best!

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Re: Only buy clothes that you really need in 2019
« Reply #210 on: December 13, 2019, 02:26:04 AM »
DH bought himself a new sweater and bought one for me as well, without my knowledge. It is similar to one that I have already, but in another color. My old one has a big white area that is dirty with blacks spots from the wood stove that don't disappear in the washing machine. I use that old sweater all the time and DH thinks I will now use that new sweater all the time instead.

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Re: Only buy clothes that you really need in 2019
« Reply #211 on: December 13, 2019, 03:48:15 AM »
I am looking to close the year out not buying anything and cant remember the last time I posted buying something. I know I will get a couple things for xmas I put on my list like socks, couple long underwear shirts but yea, was a low budget spending clothes year for me and all that I do have is still in great shape. Well what can really go wrong with jeans, flannel shirts etc..

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Re: Only buy clothes that you really need in 2019
« Reply #212 on: December 13, 2019, 10:44:07 AM »
For those of you who online shop for clothes (I sometimes do it), here's a reason not to:  a recent CBC article says that lots of stores throw out returned items, because the cost of restocking them is too great.  Because sizing in women's clothes is so inconsistent, it's common to order 2 or 3 sizes and return the ones that don't fit.  Those returns often go into the landfill.  They aren't donated because brands don't want to cheapen the value of their items by having them be available at a fraction of their new price.  One more reason to shop locally, where you can actually try things on.  (And another reason for Costco to have fitting rooms, one of my pet peaves.)