As mentioned in part III (5 Wardrobe Resolutions Everyone Needs to Have) of the Minimal Wardrobe Series¸ limiting our spending is basically one of the most important factors in creating a minimal (and moral) wardrobe and detaching ourselves from consumption and material possessions. (We are more than just consumer machines)! So, here are the 6 tested ways to limit spending on clothing, making our wallet and planet a whole lot happier~
1. Unsubscribe | after going through and unsubscribing myself from fashion companies’ newsletters (an embarrassingly large number of subscriptions…shhh) I definitely have decreased my spending. All of those “free shipping,” “50% sale,” and “new collection!” subject lines are too enticing, and I don’t trust myself to resist. Relevant quote: “Advertising has us working jobs we don’t want for shit we don’t need.” (Chuck Palahniuk). It’s true. Limiting the ads we see in our lives will consequently lower our urge to buy. (Not to mention a cleaner inbox, hooray! Take that, 1058 unread emails!)
2. Be picky | rather than grabbing everything that catches your eye, limit yourself to what catches your breath. Is the piece truly special?
3. Follow the 24-hour rule | if you find yourself torn on whether or not to buy
answer is always no), try the 24-hour rule: don’t buy it, go back home and
wait at least 24 hours before making your decision. When shopping with friends
(and by myself) I always try to use this rule and it has always helped make our
decisions very clear (9/10 times we don’t return).
4. Pay in cash | you’d be surprised how much more impactful it feels when you visibly see how much money is actually exchanging hands—using a credit card has (oh-so-conveniently) made spending money oh-so-much easier.
5. Make a list | of only what you really need prior to heading out to go shopping, and stick strictly to it.
6. Grab a buddy | not saying that your word to yourself is not easy to er, “forget” (been there, done that! “come on Hoda you were just sleepy when promised yourself you were going to clean your room today—that promise doesn't count!”), but having a socially-conscious friend who also wants to transition to a minimal wardrobe makes the goals you set together and promises you make each other all the easier and more motivating to keep.
What tactics do you use to limit your spending? Drop a comment & I'll feature all the great tips!
This post is part 4 of a series encouraging the transition to a minimal wardrobe—as in a wardrobe that is physically minimal (not the style) in order to limit our consumption, detach ourselves from material possessions, and live more socially-conscious lives.
Part 2: 5 Step Wardrobe Cleanse
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