Well, after taking a really good look at how my purchases went for 2016, I have to decide how to move forward.
Do I ...?
a) not buy anything for the rest of the year
b) only buy something if I am replacing an item that needs immediate replacement
c) sell items to fund purchases for the rest of the year
d) give myself a bit more room and increase my budget
e) hope that I receive gift cards to my favourite shops - after all, my birthday and Christmas are still coming up! ;)
Taking a good look at what I purchased and what I currently own, I plan to exercise a combination of choice a) and b), and define an item that needs immediate replacement to be an item I use at least once or twice a week. I will have my StyleBook App to help me determine that. Choice e) - well, I leave that up to the stars!
I don't want to sell items to fund extra purchases because I think in the long run, that sets a precedent that I always have a buffer, or an 'out' - my goal for the long-term is to really instill and stick to a budget. Choice d) just means I'm being too easy on myself and I haven't learned anything about staying on budget.
So what happens if I come across a super-hot, absolutely can't pass up, has a strong staying power, and a crazy-amazing steal of an item? Well, depending on the item, I may take it out of next year's budget, or use my funds dedicated for my next pre-loved item in place of it, or maybe it will be one of my Wishlist and 'needs' items, thereby exempt from my budgets. I want to be hard on myself, but I also don't want to be completely brutal where I'm so focused on the dollars and cents to the point where I lose sight of the big picture, which is perfecting my closet and acquiring things that work the best for me.
Just a reminder to myself, If I buy anything else this year, it will have to be one of the following:
Black wedge ankle boots
Gray leather bag
Navy sheath dress
Black sheath dress