In February of last year, I embarked on the 12 items in 2018 challenge. The goal was to be more intentional with my clothing purchases for the year.
When I did my last update in July, I was right on track with 7 items purchased through the 7th month of the year.
I ended the year with 12 items. What else did I buy?
Apparently I really need more shoes in my life. Because three of the remaining 5 items were shoes:
These were a must. I started getting knee pain and knew it was time to buy a new pair. I’ve logged lots of miles on these already.
These New Balance Fresh Foam Zante are an old model, so I got them for a significant discount (about 50% off).
Decided to capitalize on the bootie trend. Also, I was kind of in need of a shoe that would keep my foot warmer than a ballet slip-on but that was something less than a tall boot.
I got a great deal on these – I think I paid $39 and they retail for somewhere around $79. (Thanks, random DSW coupon!)
I blame cookies on social media for this purchase. I kept getting ads for them. But they were so darn cute that I kept checking them out. Then on Cyber Monday they had a 50% off sale. I would have never bought them at the full price, but 50% off was doable. I also stacked this with at 10% eBates rebate that will pay out next month.
I’m really enjoying these boots right now as January cold and snow has descended upon us here in the Midwest.
I bought a t-shirt that reps our local MLB team. It was a total impulse purchase that was free because we used some Kohl’s cash.
My wallet is old and dirty, and my toddler ending up drawing all over it in our hotel room in Denver when we went to Cents Positive back in November. While we were out Christmas shopping in December I bought a new one. I still haven’t gotten around to using it yet, though. Hmm…
There were a few other things I received at the end of the year that I didn’t count towards the challenge. I bought some new underwear and a pair of socks. I also got a pair of earrings for Christmas from my husband, and my mom bought me two scarves.
Lessons Learned/2019 Plans
I am really glad I did this challenge last year. A few thoughts:
- Even with a limit of 12 items – arguably, not a lot in our consumerist culture – I STILL made at least one totally unnecessary purchase. (I haven’t worn that t-shirt yet…though I did buy it at the end of the summer, so we’ll see how much I wear it this spring/summer.)
- My mindset continues to shift from quantity to quality. Though I got a good deal on nearly everything I bought this year, the price was rarely the focus. In fact, my least thoughtful purchase of the year was the one that was “free.” Free things are rarely ever free, though, especially not the ones that just end up cluttering our physical space.
- Being able to stay generally the same size of clothes over many years has contributed significantly to my ability to do this type of challenge. Just last week, I had a day where I needed to dress a little more nicely for work. I pulled out a wrinkle-free button-down dress shirt that I’ve had for at LEAST 13 years (I bought it before I came to my current company). Because it was nice quality and not trendy, there is no way anyone would have known how old it is. Having this mix of nice (but older) items in my closet means I can dress for almost any occasion without having to go out and buy something new.
- Because I set parameters around the number of items I would buy, I didn’t feel guilty spending on the things I did buy.
I liked this challenge so much that I’m going to do a 12 for 2019 challenge as well!
What does your spending on consumer items look like? Let me know if you want to join me in this challenge for 2019!