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Tiny Bites 16: What I Spent on Clothes in 2017

January 12, 2018
Tiny Bites 16: What I Spent on Clothes in 2017 | Tiny Ambitions

In this week’s episode of Tiny Bites, I’m facing my fears and sharing what I spent on clothes in 2017. If my 2018 shopping ban can save me this same amount of money, it will be more than worth it.

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Do you track your spending on a regular basis? Are you happy with where your money is going every day?

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  • Tread Lightly, Retire Early January 14, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    You can do it!! It really gets easier as time goes on.

    • Britt January 14, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks, Angela!

  • Lisa January 14, 2018 at 1:17 am

    This is super interesting, Britt! Good on you for facing your fears and crunching the numbers. It must be very enlightening for you to know what kind of dollar amount you are coming from pre-shopping ban, because I imagine it will make you relish the savings even more! And I really admire your accountability and transparency when it comes to your own spending. I think most people would balk at the idea of sharing that kind of spending data, probably thinking that readers might jump to conclusions about their spending habits. I think with these things there’s no ‘correct’ amount; the right amount to spend on any given thing will vary for each of us depending on our location, accessibility or inaccessibility of products, income, personal and professional needs etc. And as you say in this episode, there’s nothing wrong with spending money.

    In response to your first question, no, I don’t track my spending on a regular basis, but funnily enough, when I got my 2018 diary I immediately drew up a page in the notes section at the back called ‘2018 non-essential purchases’. So I guess I will be tracking my clothes and other non-essential purchases this year. I’m not entirely sure what drove me to start recording the numbers, or what I’ll even do with the data, but I’m sure it will be an interesting process. I think it’s because now that I’m almost done with not buying anything new, I wanted a way to continue monitoring my consumption habits without the actual restriction of not buying anything new. So it will be very interesting to see what kind of data I record for myself and to continually reflect on what I am buying. I think knowing that I’ll be recording everything will keep me questioning myself over why I’m buying what I’m buying and if it’s truly bringing value. This will be a great way for me to stop myself falling into my old shopping-as-an-emotional-crutch kind of spending habits.

    Already looking forward to next week’s post on social media! 🙂

    • Britt January 14, 2018 at 10:36 am

      Thanks, Lisa! It’s weird to share numbers on the interest but if people want to judge me for my spending I think that says more about their relationship with money than my own.

      It was definitely interesting to find out exactly what I had spent on clothes in a year when I changed cities and jobs, and therefore my clothing requirements changed somewhat.

      I like you’re idea of writing down all non-essential purchased in one place. I might do that for anything that does end up being purchased over the course of the shopping ban. Knowing that you’ll have to record a purchase might make you rethink it and if it’s something you actually value. I’m interested to see how that plays out for you!

  • The Luxe Strategist January 13, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Hey Britt,

    I was so excited to see this! I’m glad you went ahead and tallied everything up, even if it was scary. Plus, the results surprised you in a positive way! Cheering you on to extra savings savings this year.

    • Britt January 13, 2018 at 10:18 am

      Thanks for giving me the nudge I needed! It was definitely worth doing it to see my starting point for the shopping ban.

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