I'm writing this because one of my 2016 goals is having a monthly "Fun Budget" (there has to be a better name for it. I'm open to suggestions, please help me out!) and not spending more than that amount on frivolous items, for any reason. No cheating or negotiating with myself until I give in and buy it, just setting a monthly limit and sticking to it. All that being said... I burned through my Fun Budget for January before we even hit the mid-month mark (and at this point, I've gone over it... le sigh). So, I clearly need a little help in this department. But in the hopes of helping out anyone else who's trying to be budget-conscious in 2017, below are a few tips I have for staying chic despite shopping on a budget (ok, someone please stop me from typing budget one more time).
1. Shop Resale: Particularly in San Antonio, getting your clothing allowance to go far can be so fun when you're open to some secondhand purchases. My favorite local resale shops are Clothes Mentor, Thrift Town, and of course, Goodwill. Those have to be my most visited, but I'm curious to hear about any hidden gems you love! Be sure to comment below and let me know your favorites.
2. Get Creative: This is one of my favorite ways to find new looks without spending any money. Just take a few hours one evening and go through your closet as though you're shopping, eyeballing the items you haven't worn in a while. Try out new combinations (skirts + tops/ dresses + sweaters/ tops + scarfs) you've never worn before. It sounds so silly & simple, but every time I take an evening to play around with clothes I've forgotten about, I put together at least 3-4 new looks that get me so excited.
3. Be Disciplined: This is clearly the hardest part for me. I am very much a spender not a saver. I am jealous of my budget-conscious friends reading this right now, scratching their head at my struggle. So... to be honest, this tip is more of an open-ended reminder to myself. This tip is a prayer request. I don't have it down yet, but I will. "Lord, help me as I seek to be disciplined in all areas of my life, not just my finances. 'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.' " Galatians 5:22-23