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Day 110: Relapse



You guys.

I just...

I'm sorry.

I bought some stuff. The things were on sale, but still. Did I need the two pairs of shoes? Even for $24 each? And so comfy? No. But I was in the store and next thing I know, I was buying the shoes. And $8.99 tights.

Does it make it less bad if the shoes were SO CUTE? And 40% off?

I feel really guilty about this. I could have not blogged about it, and pretended like this didn't happen, but then I would feel guilty for blog-lying and so I am here to tell you about it.

My first instinct is to say, "To repent, I will no longer buy ANYTHING AT ALL EVER for the REST OF THE YEAR!" But I know this is extreme, and also not possible. I think that I will re-assess my Detox rules in order to eliminate some loopholes, however.

Rather than saying "No full-price clothes, only second-hand or sale clothes," I think that I need to add a line limiting how much I spend per month, e.g.

"No full-price clothes, only second-hand or sale clothes, at a cost of no more than $100 per month."

Is this reasonable? I don't know. But I do know that while I have scaled WAY down on my grocery shopping, I think I've replaced that dollar-for-dollar with sale/thrift clothes shopping.

But like with anything, every day can't be an improvement on the day before. And I think the incredible amount of guilt I feel right now shows an improvement from my previous carefee shopaholic ways.



ONWARD AND UPWARD! And a budget of no more than $100 per month on clothes. And makeup. Clothes and makeup.

That is all.

7 comments:

Gwen said...

Just before Easter is a very good time for confessions and resolve. :)

kh said...

Confession is good for the soul - or something like that! :)

No guilt - we all slip up sometimes. I had my own wild emotional spending spree a few weeks ago and you just have to take a deep breath and move on.

And while I'm not gonna condone a splurge, I am gonna say ... really CUTE shoes! :)

incurable hippie said...

Don't feel guilty! It serves no purpose other than to make you feel bad, and that's no good for anyone.

However, since you asked, $100 a month does still seem like a lot to spend on clothes and make-up, to me. If it's a vast amount less than you spent before, then it's still great, and still progress, but it is a lot of money.

*Not* wanting to make you feel worse! You shouldn't feel bad at all, and I'm only saying that because you asked for opinions. The only important thing is that you are comfortable with what you are doing.

Annabelle said...

Thanks for the comments, guys. After I posted that, I went to the gym to work off my anxiety and then realized - if the biggest stress in my life right now is guilt over a pair of $24 shoes, then I'm doing pretty good.

Incurable Hippie - yes, $100 is at once quite a bit, and yet far less than I spent this month.

I think something happened in April where I saved so much on grocery money that I went wild and spent all the money that I suddenly had in my bank account.

So the challenge for May is clearly to keep budgeting groceries and to SAVE the money, rather than buying stuff.

(the $100 budget is a buffer, so if I wind up buying something, I won't be immobilized by guilt again)

~Carla~ said...

Love the shoes!! If you were a sz.7 I'd give you hell & suggest you send them my way! ;) lol!

Ps - Thanks for setting up the email subscription! :)

Katy said...

Maybe I missed it, but do you actually do a monthly budget? That's really the only way to tell how stuff all fits together.
Mama Gail got me in the habit of doing a monthly budget with all my yearly costs worked in as well, like professional fees and gym membership and stuff. Really helps track where things are going, and it puts a little bit in every possible pot. No room for guilt because it's all carefully planned!

Annabelle said...

KP - I don't have a monthly budget. I am not sure why, since you're right, that is the first thing that Mama Gail (and all the other gurus) suggest doing.

I need to get on that, ASAP.

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