I will give you guys a cookie if you can tell me what my post title is from. Fact: I never know what to title anything, so I just pull quotes from whatever I'm watching on TV. I am not as cool as I make myself seem, and I don't really think I make myself seem that cool.
So I went shopping yesterday. I was doing some freelance work and I cruised ASOS and Blowfish shoes during the commercials. This might not seem like such a weird thing, but I was on a self-imposed shopping ban that I was breaking. I bought jeans, cork-soled clogs, and a shirt I can wear to work. I spent around $150.
For some people, that's a trifling amount. For others, a fortune. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I've been trying hard to budget myself lately, but it's proving difficult. I got a booklet on planning for my retirement from work yesterday and flipped through it in bewilderment. When I lived at home after college, my parents were kind enough not to charge me any rent, so my expenses were minimal. That's great, and means I was able to save up a lot, but it also means that right now is the first time in my life I'm balancing rent, groceries and bills. I've eked out a budget for essentials, but I have one big column right now labeled "Miscellany" that keeps tallying up more and more.
I know that Kimmie has a very specific budget for what she spends on clothes. Kelsey and her hubs have done really interesting posts on how they got out of debt. Some people buy only thrift, and others make their own clothes. I'm lucky enough not to have to support anyone but myself right now, but I'd like to know how you guys plan for things. I know asking about money is touchy, but I like to think of this as planning.
So, how do you guys do it? Excel spreadsheets? Meticulous checkbook-balancing? Do you buy clothes whenever the urge crops up, or do you plan shopping trips? Do you have a percentage or a dollar amount that you spend on clothes? Is it broken down weekly, monthly, yearly?
You guys are the most stylish bunch on the interwebs, and I'd love to hear just how you do it. Lay it on me!
PS- I was going to do an outfit post today but then we ate dinner and in cleaning up I spilled water all down my front. Outfit post fail. Womp womp.