In 2015 I’m challenging myself to rethink purchases by taking advantage of more cost effective solutions like borrowing, buying second hand, or just making do with what we already have. We have some hefty financial goals this year and this is just one more way for me to squeeze more from our budget.
I did a little shopping in March and it was mostly for our oldest daughter. She is participating in an after-school running program that started in March. Now that the weather is warmer, the girls are running outside. When I picked her up after her first practice, she was so sweaty and hot because she ran in long pants, since she’s outgrown all of your shorts from last year. So I took advantage of some good sales at Kohl’s and Target and bought her running capris, socks and two spring outfits.
But I also found success at a thrift store. I found spring and summer tops, dresses and pajamas. Unfortunately, no luck with shorts or capris for the girls, but I found a pair of navy J Crew shorts for myself for only $2.50! YAY!
While at Target, I caught myself eyeing their basic, but cute short sleeved T-shirts. They are a staple in my wardrobe, and as I was about to buy three of the shirts, I stopped myself and put them back. At that time, I had not reviewed my own spring clothing and I have plenty of time to go back to Target if I can’t find something suitable (and cute) at the thrift store.
Now that spring is here, March is a great time to clean out your closet to see what your needs are for spring and summer clothing. Make a list of what you need and take it along to your favorite thrift store FIRST before you go to a regular store. You’ll save yourself so much money.
Have you joined the challenge?
Instead of buying new this year, ask yourself these questions:
- Can I borrow from someone? For one-time special occasions, ask friends if you can borrow instead of buying new. My mother recently borrowed some luggage from us for a plane trip. She hasn’t flown in 20 years and probably won’t fly again for sometime, so she didn’t’ want to buy a carry-on suit case.
- Can I find what I need at a second hand or thrift store? I have found new or gently worn name brand clothing, snow gear, shoes, household stuff, and books. Start keeping a list of needs with you for your thrift store trips.
- Can I make do with something else around my house? Recently, I thought I needed a new picture frame, but realized that I had a pile of unused frames sitting in a closet that I had forgotten about. One of the frames was perfect for what I needed.
The Choose Thrift First Challenge
On the last Thursday of each month from January to November in 2015, I’ll hold a virtual meeting (a post) where we will discuss how we did for the month. I’d love to hear your solutions for your needs other than buying new.
Your main assignment is to think differently when a need or a want arises and to Choose Thrift First. I can’t wait to see how much we will save in 2015.
See you on Thursday, April 30.
For more, check out all of the Choose Thrift First Challenge Monthly Meetings.
Are you participating in the challenge? How did you do in February?