On February 1st, I began another spending freeze on clothes, makeup and unnecessary toiletries. Faux Fuchsia planted the seed in my mind with her own Frugal February. When I read she was taking a break from spending, I decided I was about due, too.
Ever since the holiday season got into full swing last November, I have been buying stuff like crazy. I don’t know about you, but shopping for gifts for other people usually turns into shopping for gifts for me. Even once the holidays concluded, my spending continued.
Instead of a two month spending freeze like last time, this one will only last a month. Hopefully that will be enough time to dampen my desire for acquisitions and I can return to a shopping-with-a-purpose mentality rather than mindlessly buying.
Besides not accumulating more stuff and not wasting time shopping, my spending freeze has other purposes: to save money, of course, and work on my wardrobe.
By “work” I mean:
~ Rid myself of clothes that no longer serve me because they are ill-fitting and/or unflattering, worn out, or just not likable – much easier said than done. I am still working on the last 4 or 5 items in my Use it or Lose it Zone.
~ Concentrate on the clothes that are staying and take the time that I would normally spend shopping to create new looks with them.
~ Find out where the gaps are in my wardrobe and keep track of them in my journal and/or on Pinterest. For example. I decided I would like a white, single-button blazer for summer. I found this one here, pinned to to my Planned Purchases board and will buy it, or one like it, when my spending freeze has come to an end.
The other purpose of the spending freeze is to save money. I’m not one to save money simply because it’s wise to do so. I wish I was a natural saver, but I’m not. However, I am motivated to save money for something…something like a great trip.
Bill and I are going to Italy and Switzerland. His best friend, who introduced us 13 years ago, has a milestone birthday coming up and wants to celebrate with his closest friends in Tuscany. Although we weren’t planning on any big trips until 2013, we couldn’t pass this by.
Since Bill and I will be traveling such a long distance, we decided to add more time to our trip and see Switzerland* as well.
I’ve not been blogging much this week because besides working a lot, I’ve been walking hills almost daily to prepare myself for hiking in the Alps and for hanging by the pool at the villa. And I’ve been reading all the books about Switzerland I can get my hands on. I even created a Pinterest board where I keep all the jaw-droppingly gorgeous photos I come across.
So far, this one is my favorite. My father sent it to me the other day.
I’m not one for five star, or even four star hotels when we travel in Europe. I’d much rather stay somewhere with character, a place I will remember. And I can’t imagine I’d ever forget an evening at Berggasthaus Aescher-Wilkirchli.
At the moment, I am inspired to do the three things I am always trying to find inspiration to do: save money, get in shape and create that small, versatile, and lovable wardrobe I’ve been wanting for years. I shall enjoy this phase while it lasts!
* We’ve never been to Switzerland and would enjoy any suggestions from those of you who’ve been there.