The first time I heard the term RECESSIONISTA was on the Tyra Banks Show. It was a show on how to look like a Fashionista in these unprecedented Recessionary times.
I thought the show was interesting but didn't give it much thought thereafter.
Then Fabulous Florida Mommy's blog on Shopping Your Closet got me thinking about my spending habits. Let's face it, I have an Impulsive, Compulsive and Obsessive personality, when combined with my passion for fashion, is as combustible as gasoline and fire!
When someone says that I can't have something, I want it even more.
When someone else has something I like, I must have the exact thing and nothing will stand in my way to get it.
I can't ever have just one of a certain item; I must have multiples - prime example, the Lea Merino Cardigan. No doubt that wear them lots - this week alone, I've worn them twice in 2 separate colors. But that's not the point! The point is, I spend! spend! spend! when I should Save! Save! Save!
I doubt many would believe that I am in fact frugal. I think I'm frugal. But my husband begs to differ. I guess the term Frugal is subjective. Regardless, I think that I'm frugal ... only because I am a Sale Shopper.
Yes, I am a sale shopper. A die-hard sale shopper. I almost never buy anything at regular price. I don't remember the last time I paid full-price for anything, for that matter. It would be fine if I were to only buy 1 item, ie. a sweater for $24.99, but since I have a problem with buying in multiples, I would normally end up buying ... say, 5 sweaters at $24.99 each, thus spending a total of $125.94. So, frugal? Definitely. Able to control myself? Definitely NOT!
Which certainly explains why I have 7 Merino Lea Cardigans, 6 Perfect Fit Flower Tees and 8 Winter Coats.
So, after reading FFM's blog, I started thinking, what am I going to do to try to save some money in these tough economic times? So, here are 3 things I am going to engage in, effective immediately. I am going to transform myself from an Spendanista to a Recessionista!
CONTRACT TO MYSELF
I've decided to put myself on a self-imposed shopping ban. I have decided to take a break from shopping for the next 30 days. 30 days does not seem like a long time for most, but for me, it is. Baby-Steps here people!
Next, I've decided to Shop My Closet. I am going to wear the things I've purchased. Afterall, I purchased them for a reason, didn't I? Well, it's now time to wear what I've purchased. Come to think about it, I probably only wear about 20% of my entire wardrobe. Sad isn't it? So, until such time I've worn everything at least twice if not more (and I don't mean wearing the same thing 2 days in a row), I decided that I won't buy anything else. This "wearing everything at least 2 times" rule really ought to take me into mid-Spring, at least if not longer but like I said, baby-steps!
Thirdly, since I know how to sew, I'm going to alter at least 2 if not 3 of the skirts that I love but have gotten too small for (I lost 50 lbs). While I know that I won't be able to alter everything I can't wear anymore since I don't really enjoy doing alterations anyway (I have to be realistic here!), and since sending them out to be altered truly defeats the purpose of saving money, I'm going to only focus on altering the things I truly love so that I may wear them again. If I do what I've planned to do, I ought to be able to put 3 skirts back into my closet. That's a savings of $149.97 (3 sale skirts at $49.99 each!)
Let's face it, I shop because, in my mind, shopping is a sport. It's not about what I need, it's about the thrill of the hunt and the victory of a phenomenal score. Unfortunately, times have changed and I must change with it.
The truly sad part is, my J Crew Rewards Card arrived today with a whopping $175 reward on it, further confirming that I must start spending less and saving more. I am committed to my "Contract to Myself". Let's hope that I can wear everything twice before the Reward Card expires!
Are you a Spendanista like myself? Have you considered becoming a Recessionista? What do you have planned to look Fabule$$?