12 Items in 2018: A Midyear Update

In February I made a pledge to be more conscious in my purchase of clothes and accessories this year.

So how’s it working out?

As of today, I’ve bought 7 items.  Here are more details on the how and why of these purchases.


Item 1: Jeans.  I work in a business casual environment and wear jeans to work nearly every day.  I already had two other colors in this style, and bought these because they were a nicer dark wash.  They were purchased online directly from Levi’s.

This fit and style is amazing.  They are stretchy but don’t get too stretched out after you wear them a few times.

Items 2-5:  Sweatshirt, long-sleeve T, short-sleeve T, and winter coat.  I went shopping with my mom on her birthday and Eddie Bauer had a huge sale.  The sweatshirt was an impulse buy, but the other 3 items were purposely purchased.  My current winter coat is starting to fall apart; this was a really good quality coat that was on a great sale at the beginning of April.  The t-shirts were purchased to layer with sweaters and jackets I already own.

Items 6 and 7:  These came from a Stitchfix I ordered for my birthday.  I was looking for a new, nice quality summer shirt to wear to work, and was pretty happy with this white blouse.  (It has tiny birds on it.  Cute!)  The jacket on the right was an impulse purchase.  The quality of this jacket was impressive; it holds it shape very well.  I haven’t had a chance to wear it yet (it’s been blazing hot), but I look forward to wearing it this fall.

StitchFix isn’t a cheap option for clothes, but I’ve been using them for about 5 years now and still wear nearly everything I’ve purchased from them.  I don’t dress very trendy, so the pieces I own are relatively timeless.  The other thing I like is that the items are delivered to my home.  Since I work and have a toddler, I don’t have much time to go shopping. The older I get, the more I dislike having to go to ANY retail store to make purchases.  This is partly because I have less interest in material things, but it’s also because shopping feels like a chore.  When I was younger I ENJOYED going shopping, but that is not the case now.

The Rest of the Year…

So the 7th month of the year is ending and I’ve purchased 7 items, which puts me exactly on track for the year.  What do I anticipate buying the second half of 2018?

The only thing I can think of that I might actually NEED in the next few months is a new pair of running shoes.  The ones I have now are fine, but I do believe that it’s best to replace running shoes before they get too worn out – the risk of nagging injuries increases as the tread wears out.

What kind of purchases have you made this year?  Are you consciously trying to change your behaviors – to buy less, buy secondhand, or buy better quality?

12 Items in 2018

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.)
  • Outerwear/coats
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Handbags, wallets
  • Loungewear
  • 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.

Who wants to join me?  What is your WHY for limiting your purchases in 2018?

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