I have a dilemna...

Monday, March 24, 2008

I have an extremely difficult time buying clothing. I am a hard size to find and fit properly, and as such, when I find clothes that fit and that I like, I buy them. No questions asked. If it's something i'm iffy about, I just don't buy it. Most times I can't wait until things go on sale, since my size will be gone.

As such, I have a work gala (yes, gala...very fancy, isn't it? Hah.) on Thursday that I had to go buy a nice shirt for. In the process, I found a pair of jeans and two bras (my old ones were falling apart!). So, I bought all of them. Damage? Over $200. Sucks. I wish I could find discount clothes real cheap, but I have a hard time.

So, that means that I've completely blown my budget for clothes from March. As in, over $200 over my limit. Yikes! Fortunately I keep about a $500 to $1,000 buffer of cash in my chequing account.

But, I'm wondering what to do about a budget. I think that maybe building a $500 clothes fund will serve me well. I can use my month to month budget for things like bras, undies, sock, etc. You know, the basics that I can find easily. That way, when I find a nice pair of jeans or something, I can buy it without hesitation.

What would you do?

6 comments:

Canadian Saver said...

That's what I do, I fund my clothing category a little bit each money and when I need something, the money is there. If you look in my blog under the tag Freedom Account, I also explain the other categories I fund each month... It's a great system and it's never failed me in the 5 years I've funded it!

Canadian Saver said...

Forgot to add, when I find clothes that fit perfectly, especially bras, I get them too!!

Bouncing Back said...

I'm not fond of clothes shopping, but when you find clothes you like and that fit, my mottos is get them, they may not be there the next time you go shopping. I do a "shop" about three times a year and replace tatty underwear, get new socks, replace the basics of my wardrobe that are just past thier sell by dates. It does not sound like you go out shopping on a weekly basis, so don't feel so guilty!

HS @ Our Debt Blog said...

Does this mean your overweight?

L said...

Re: HS - Yes I am, technically. But I just find that I'm a hard fit, not because I can't find clothes in my size. There's plenty out there, I just have a hard time finding pants especially that fit right. Too bad I'm not the sweatpants type (except when I'm at home!!)

Fabulously Broke said...

I'd build a clothes fund. It's way harder to find plus size clothing ...and even the mainstream sized clothing you find, still doesn't fit properly!

I've long since given up on trying to discount everything and now I just buy from Jacob because they fit my body the best