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no buying clothes for 3 MONTHS!

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sunkissed22 2 years ago


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well… unfortunately…

i bought a scarf and two shirts since my last entry. the scarf i was deeply in love with and i’ve worn twice already since i bought it… so that i don’t regret buying that at all. i’m not too fond of one of the shirts i bought and it may be because it was purchased by impulsivity, so i will return it.

today i also went to the nike store to redeem some clothing using $75 worth of gift cards. i spent an extra $80 but i did go to the outlet and i did go during a sale. this trip was necessary since i needed a hat and a waterproof jacket for the marathon. i also did shop around at other stores, but resisted the urge to make any purchases.

wow, 3 months seemed easy at first, but when the urges are there, they are difficult to resist. i’d have to say that i did pretty well, BUT i could have done better. this goal has definitely taught me to be a more conscientious buyer and i will most definitely re-attempt this goal. 18 months ago


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i redeemed enough coke reward points to get another $25 to a nike store! as of tomorrow, i can go to a store to buy a new sports bra or a hat to run in for my marathon :)

when this goal is over, i’m going to have to purchase a new pair of flats. on the side, i’ll also try to sell a pair that i bought but only worn out once.

i also sold a new cardigan on ebay that i received as a gift. 18 months ago


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i returned a present that i received as a double and for the money back, i purchased a long sleeved workout pullover. i did have to spend an extra $4-5, but it’s definitely something i will make use of this next few weeks. 18 months ago


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i’m doing quite well not having the desire to shop for clothes. aside from it being a money saver, it’s also a time saver! i can go into target and get the things i need without having to stop by the clothing section.

i also have about 100 points to add onto my coke rewards to redeem a nike gift card. in about a week or two, i’ll be able to buy a water resistant jacket or other exercising gear to wear during my marathon training. 19 months ago


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just a little over a month and it’ll be 3 months! i’ve gotten quite used to not shop for clothes online. i can probably extend this goal to a couple more months since spring won’t be here for another couple of months. 19 months ago


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Within the next couple of days I have a couple of gift certificates that need to be redeemed. I’m aiming to stay close to the allotted amount.

update: I spent less than $10 to pay for the taxes on a $10 and $25 gift certificates. 19 months ago


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also, currently, i don’t have any urges to go shopping. i enjoy layering clothing in the winter. 19 months ago


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i went into an rei store the other day to pick up some camping gear that i ordered online. i had a promotional $20 gift card to spend and i was tempted to spend it on a piece of clothing. i knew that i wouldn’t be able to get anything without spending more than the $20, so i walked away from the clothing section.

instead, i bought a camelbak to share with my bf when we go on hikes. 19 months ago


sunkissed22i broke

my goal yesterday, BUT it was for a good cause! the shirt was $5 at goodwill and i couldn’t pass up the deal. 20 months ago


sunkissed22almost 1 month

it’s almost been a month since i’ve gone without shopping for clothes!!!

there is one exception though… if shoes count… i made a purchase before i committed to this goal and what i did was return the shoes in exchange for two pairs of shoes.

aside from that, i can survive for 2 more months :) 20 months ago


sunkissed22black friday/cyber monday

i surpassed all the deals they had!!! i deleted all emails and walked past all the clothing stores during black friday. 21 months ago


sunkissed22future bike

with black friday coming up, i am tempted to go shopping, but i won’t spend a penny more on clothes. there is one exception… and that is i still need to return my boots for either a different pair… or just get my $ back.

surprisingly, this has been one of my biggest challenges and it’s more than just spending but it’s about self control and realizing what is more important. instead of spending my money on clothes, i’m going to put some money aside from each paycheck onward to buy a bike. 21 months ago


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This goal has been so difficult to complete, but I think I can do it for the sake of saving money for bigger and better things. I have too many clothes in my closet and many of them are still unworn or needs to be altered.

I’m starting today!! 11-19-12 to 2-19-12 21 months ago


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I’m not sure when I’ll get this goal done. I just made another purchase online, HOWEVER, the cost was covered with my ebay earnings so really, I switched out some old clothes for some new ones :). 23 months ago


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it’s only been 10 days and i’m already itching with desire to shop for some new flats. the ones i have are breaking and stinking up! maybe… just for practicality. 2 years ago


sunkissed22JULY 1 -OCTOBER 1

OK. i’m going to start NOW. this is easily do-able and it’ll..

1. make me use what i have
2. save $
3. be creative 2 years ago


sunkissed22starting OVER

starting TODAY! i have to remember i have this goal to work on. 2 years ago


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i have to start over… 2 years ago


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starting today, no more clothing shopping for myself for the next 3 months. i have a lot of clothes that still have tags on them and my closet is getting bigger by the moment. WITH the exception of the already purchased clothing groupon, i will not spend another penny on clothing for myself. 2 years ago


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