So today is the last day of the spending freeze. Although I had to break the rules a little (birthdays, bridesmaid stuff, etc.) and had a meltdown midway through, spending too much at Victoria’s Secret, I thought I did really well avoiding the temptation of shopping for the past three months. But regardless of how well I did or didn’t do, I still feel like I have learned some valuable lessons about money management and when to spend and when to save. I also came to appreciate the things I already own. I was forced to create outfits from what I already had in my closet on Friday nights and the results were often surprisingly good.
Moving forward, I came up with three questions I must ask myself before I make a purchase:
1. Is this something I truly need and have been planning on buying or is it an impulse buy?
2. If it is on the pricier side, is it classic? Will it last season after season?
3. If it’s something trendy, is it worth taking a chance on? Is it a piece that can be paired with other pieces that are already in my wardrobe or would I have to buy additional pieces and parts to make it work?
And I can’t end this post without saying the best rule of personal finance, “Don’t spend what you don’t have” (ie, credit cards are bad!).
(Photo via Nordstrom)
I kind of like the vampy bathing suits at this Etsy Shop. They would be perfect for a honeymoon or vacation on a secluded island. Or if you were a bond girl. It reminds me of a suit that Victoria’s Secret came out with last year that was twice the price. They also have a polka dot variety. Yay Etsy!
I thought I would share the random outfit photo shoot we took over the weekend against this old mural. I did this as an outfit post for Shop My Closet, but I thought the photographer did a great job.
The beau and I went to the Temper Trap concert this weekend and loved it. The lead singer was really sultry and the whole band had great energy. That was my first concert at the House of Blues, and even though the band was really entertaining, I couldn’t help but stare at the decor on the walls and ceiling.
You may know the band from the movie 500 Days of Summer with their hit single, Sweet Disposition. Here is another of their songs, Love Lost, that really caught my ear. Enjoy!
Let’s dish. It’s Friday after all. What are you craving, wanting more than anything, your life depends on it, but you can’t have because either it’s too expensive or you are trying to save money. Here is my list. What is on yours?
This ruffly bathing suit top is sooo cute.
A wardrobe fully outfitted by theory.
I love a good brown leather bag.
This gorgeous summery top that I didn’t notice until after I posted about tops.
A new pair of skinnies in dark wash this time.