Buy nothing pledges are ubiquitous in the personal finance/minimalist blogosphere. Britt at Tiny Ambitions is doing a 2018 shopping ban. So is the Happy Philosopher. The only clothing item Mrs. Frugalwoods has bought in the past 4 years is a pair of muck boots – she didn’t even buy maternity clothes for her two pregnancies! Tread Lightly Retire Early is starting her second year of a clothes buying ban.
I’m not ready to make a pledge to ban all clothing purchases for myself for a year. (I do enjoy being able to add a new thing to my wardrobe on occasion!) But I do want to be a conscious consumer. So I’m doing a 12 Items in 2018 challenge. I plan to buy 12 (OR LESS!) clothing related items this year.
- I already have plenty of nice clothes.
- I wear the same clothes over and over again anyway.
- To encourage me to mend that small pile of clothes sitting in my closet and take good care of the clothes I already own.
- To be more intentional in my purchases.
- To lessen my environmental impact.
- And of course, minimizing shopping helps the wallet, too.
What gets counted?
- Shirts, sweaters
- Pants, jeans, skirts, shorts
- Dresses, skirts
- Accessories (scarves, hats, belts, etc.)
- Handbags, wallets
- Workout gear
What I’m not counting in the total: underwear, socks, free t-shirts from any races I complete this year.
Since I did the Uber Frugal Month Challenge in January, my current total for the year is ZERO clothing items purchased.