A slow shopping spree

I SO miss buying clothes. Debt smashing is rewarding and all, but damn, sometimes I just want to bust out and buy a new wardrobe.

Right before I left for my South American backpacking adventure I spent quite a lot of cash on the items I needed for the trip – backpack, locks, headlamp etc. I also spent quite a bit on clothes.

When you have a small amount of clothes on high rotation for months and months, you want to start the trip with clothes you aren’t already sick of wearing. I am pretty much sick of my entire wardrobe at the moment. Unnecessary clothing purchases were the first thing to go when I got serious about paying off debt and saving.

In preparation for my trip to Central America, I have decided to approach my clothing purchases in a different way. I have prepared a list of the items I want to take and plan to purchase these throughout the year and pop them in a box to stay all nice and new for my trip!

Sure, I could put the money aside instead but I think this approach will give me the little shopping hit I need occasionally, and it’s just a bit of a different way to prepare 🙂

Here is my list:

  • 3 x pair of shorts
  • 3 x t-shirts
  • 3 x singlets
  • 2 x casual summer dresses
  • 2 x hoodies
  • 2 x leggings
  • 1 x pair of jeans
  • 1 x pair of hiking pants
  • 1 x rain jacket
  • 1 x cardigan
  • 1 x jacket

I will be taking other things (underwear etc!) but these are the things I’d like to have new 🙂

Speaking of holidays, I’m off to New Zealand tonight! Just for a week 🙂  but I can’t wait! I won’t be posting my normal weekly spend report on Sunday but I’ll check in after my trip and let you know how I went on my holiday spending – holiday budget vs actual spend.

Ciao!

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9 thoughts on “A slow shopping spree

  1. Enjoy our trip!! I need new work clothes – i work on a dairy farm and eveery pair of pants i have have rips lol

  2. Have fun! I would LOVE to spend a week in New Zealand… some day! 🙂

  3. Lana says:

    Have a blast. D

  4. Mel says:

    I’m so jealous of all your travel adventures! I would love to just take 6 months off and wander, but I don’t think I could make it happen. Maybe that’s just how I’ll spend my retirement ;o)

    • Hey Mel, thanks for stopping by The Debt Breakup! In November 2012, when I was broke, unemployed and saddled with almost 15k worth of debt, I wasn’t sure I could make it happen! But patience and commitment are the key to realizing these big dreams..I’m not there year but chipping away at it slowly and can see my next trip on the (debt free!) horizon 🙂

  5. I just read your entire blog (I’m working right now waiting for some computer software to update so I had time), and I’m lookin forward to reading future updates in real time! I think the slow shopping spree is a great idea! Hope your NZ trip went well!

    • Hey Daniel, thanks for taking the time to read my blog! It will be interesting to see how the slow shopping spree works out! I’ll include items ticked off the list in my end of month updates 😉 Thanks again for stopping by The Debt Breakup!

  6. I feel your pain. I’m a self proclaimed shopaholic and I’m also a student 2 months shy of graduation. So the reality of my debt is starting to sink in while I just booked a vacation for May that I desperately want to buy an entirely new summer wardrobe for. It’s great to know that there’s other people in the same boat and I think your new shopping approach is a great idea! I also wear things out until I hate them, and then I wear them again because I can’t afford to buy new stuff, so I think your idea of hiding new purchases away is ingenious! Thanks for the great tips and I hope all your travels go well 🙂

  7. I feel your pain. I’m a self proclaimed shopaholic and I’m also a student 2 months shy of graduation. So the reality of my debt is starting to sink in while I just booked a vacation for May that I desperately want to buy an entirely new summer wardrobe for. It’s great to know that there’s other people in the same boat and I think your new shopping approach is a great idea! I also wear things out until I hate them, and then I wear them again because I can’t afford to buy new stuff, so I think your idea of hiding new purchases away is ingenious! Thanks for the great tips and I hope all your travels go well 🙂

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