I have a confession to make:
I am a spender.
I love to go shopping! I am that person who goes to Target to buy some almond milk and walks out an hour later with a cart full of stuff. Sigh! And if being a spender wasn’t bad enough, I also have the nasty habit of buying things I don’t really like or need. And so over the years I have had to figure out a system to cut down on my spending– that way I can afford the things that I really want.Cut down on spending so you can afford the things you really want. Can I get an 'Amen!'?Click To Tweet
So here are my three tips for cutting down on your clothes spending:
Pay only with cash.
If you don’t do any of the other things listed below, at least is this. It is waaaay too easy to just reach into your wallet and pull out a piece of plastic, and it’s even easier to forget how much you are spending if you are going from store to store to store. But by only paying with cash, you are accomplishing a couple of things. First, you are establishing a budget for shopping. If you have $100 in your wallet, guess what your budget is? $100. Sticking with cash makes it impossible to go over!
Second, paying in cash, in my experience, eliminates buyer’s remorse. I cannot tell you the number of times I have bought something with plastic, gotten it home, and asked myself, “What was I thinking?!” I find that when I use cash, however, that never happens! Probably because it’s much harder to physically depart with! But whatever the reason is behind it, using cash has empowered me to only buy the things that I truly love.
Put clothes on hold.
I didn’t know that putting clothes on hold was an option until I once went to check out at a store, only to realize that I had left my 20% off coupon at home. The sales associate suggested that I put the clothes on hold, go home, grab the coupon, and come back. Since having it explained to me, I have found myself consistently putting clothes on hold as a way to control spending.
You see, most stores offer their clients the service of putting clothes on hold for 24 hours. The sales associate simply takes your name, labels the clothes, and sets them aside. That’s it! Then, you can come back anytime within those 24 hours and buy them. Or, you can never come back, and the sales associate will put the clothes back on the rack for someone else to purchase. You won’t get an angry phone call or incur a charge. Nothing. You just won’t get the clothes:)
Like I already mentioned, I often find myself making impulse purchases. But, putting clothes on hold gives me the chance to pause and really think what I am buying. I am able to walk away and ask myself all sorts of questions, like, “Why do I want to buy this?”, or “Do I have anything similar?”, or “How often do I think I am going to wear this?” Going through all of these questions helps me decide if I really want what I was about to buy, or if I was trying to experience the “high” of shopping.
Don’t buy clothes, rent them.
Seriously, I didn’t know that was a thing either until this year, and it has since become a total game changer for me! I can’t tell you the number of times I have gone to a store, having to buy an outfit just for a special occasion. And do you know what happens to those clothes after the occasion is over? Nothing. They sit in my closet and hibernate. It is so frustrating!
But there is also a flipside. Because it seems as if my closet is full of two types of clothes: things I wore once, never to wear again, and things that I wear almost every single week. There is no in-between. And so sometimes I worry that people notice how often I re-wear clothes and then think I am a weirdo with only one pair of pants.
So when I discovered that it was possible to rent clothes, I flipped out! Le Tote is a monthly subscription company that ships clothes and accessories right to your door. You wear them for as long as you like and then mail them back. If you really love something, you can also purchase it. And once you have returned (or purchased) your items, Le Tote will send you another box. You can also do this as often as you would like within the month.
Le Tote tries to only send you clothes that their stylists think will work for you. In order for them to have the most accurate picture, they have you complete a style profile along with your sizes. Additionally, before your box ships, they send you a notification email, showing you the items that will be in the box. If you don’t like any of them, you can swap them out for something different. So there is no reason not to get a box full of things you actually like and will wear!
I have to say that I am beyond pleased with Le Tote. I am only 4’11” and buying clothes is a major pain! Le Tote has done a fantastic job, each and every time, sending me clothes that look good on me and fit well. I find that I usually wear something 1-2 times before sending it back.
And no, the clothes aren’t gross or look, feel, or smell used. I have had many friends ask me this question, and then I’ll say, “Well, this shirt I have on is from there,” or “This necklace is from Le Tote.” And they are astounded! Everything seems brand spankin’ new, even if it really isn’t. I don’t know if they are sand blasting stuff or what!
But being able to rent clothes has dramatically reduced the amount I spend. No longer do I find myself hurrying to the mail to find something for a wedding or a business meeting. Horray!
So, are you interested in trying Le Tote? Because guess what! I have free boxes to give away! Just click here, and your first box is free:)
And now I want to hear from you! How do you curb your clothes spending? What other areas of your life are you trying to get your spending under control?
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