It wasn’t until I compared my finances to that of my boyfriend’s, that I realized something was going seriously wrong. Both of had begun living on our own for nearly a year, paying those pesky bills with our own hard earned money. Both of us have similar incomes and split everything down the middle. So in theory, we should have similar savings, right? Well not exactly. he has put away $5,000 in a year where I have bagged a measly $200. Why is that? Well I do have a little spending habit, combined with a weakness for new clothes. Looking at my closet and excluding all the shoes, what you would find is at least half of it has been purchased in the last two years. There are very few items I have had forever, and even fewer that I feel truly comfortable in, so I keep buying more. Shopping is a hobby, something to do with friends, alone, on weekends, weekdays, or online. And while I have made countless resolutions to cut back, my spending habits should be reigned in before before it becomes debt.
That is why I have decided to take drastic measures. I recently read an article about individuals in my predicament, who vow to wear only six items of clothing for a whole month. As part of an online pledge, people all over the world vow simultaneously, then share their experiences and support. The next challenge begins the end of next month, and I couldn’t be more excited. Although the process is daunting and seemingly ridiculous because of its extreme nature, I didn’t take it seriously until I read some of the experiences and feelings of recent participants. By far the most common sentiment was that people’s friends, co-workers, even family members didn’t even notice that they hadn’t strayed out of the six piece realm. Unfortunately, this challenge does cater to those obsessive types that that buy multiples of the same item, since it is allowed to wear different but identical items. While I don’t have more than one of the same thing unless it’s different colors, I think I might be able to pull it off if I do laundry every weekend instead of every three weeks per usual. I am still a little apprehensive, and as it stands I change clothes twice a day due to the heat. Can I do it? I guess we’ll find out. Anyone care to join me?
Read about it the movement in the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/22/fashion/22SIXERS.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&emc=eta1