Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Avoiding Temptations

I think that my best course of action is to avoid malls in general.  I'm not going to lie though, I do take a little peak online to see what's out there but I haven't purchased any clothes, purses, accessories or shoes yet! Go me!

One thing I did find was rain boots.I ordered them off of the Target website and they should arrive here very shortly. I spent $7.50 on them.  Target is one of those hit or miss places.  I have some items from there that I love but some of their items aren't that great of quality.  I thought about how much I wanted to spend on rain boots, and I figured that it was pointless to spend a lot of money on them.  Mainly because I wouldn't wear them that often.  I just need something to keep my feet dry during the few rainy days that we have in the D.C. area.

Oh by the way, making it passed the Memorial Day Weekend with all the sales wasn't too bad.  But it's only been a week.... let's see what I'm saying in 3 months!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Day 1.. What Was I Thinking?!

So it's been one day since I've taken on this challenge.  I am proud to say that I haven't purchased anything! Haha.  There are many temptations though.  In my previous blog post, I wrote how I have a special email account to receive sales alert.  I've decided to keep the account but I will just go in and delete everything without seeing the content of the emails.  This way, there are no temptations.

On another note, some of the blogs that I follow are saying that the Nordstrom is having their Half-Yearly Sale and J.Crew is having an additional 30% off of their sale items.  This is how I feel right now...

Gotta stay strong!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Taking on a Challenge

I would like to apologize for the delay in my posts.  It's been months since my last post because I've been thinking about what I want to do with my blog.  I wanted to think more of a direction that I wanted to take it.

I've been reading a lot of articles on and I've come to an interesting thought. I love clothes, shoes and purses like any women.  But how necessary is some of my purchases?  I'm a frugal shopper and I try to find bargains whenever I can.  But just because something is cheap, doesn't mean that it's a good deal.  So I think I'm going to take a drastic step in my life....

1.) Clean out my closet!
I have a simple rule, if I haven't worn it for 2 years, it goes to charity. This is primarily due to the fact that I could have worn my article of clothing for 2 seasons and I didn't.  For whatever reason, I didn't wear it.  And off it goes to charity!

I'm also going to get rid of all items that I would not want my ex to see me in. Ladies, let's admit it.  We all have clothes that we shouldn't be in possession of.  I'm either going to donate the clothes or throw them away depending on the condition of the item.

Goal: Downsize and Simplify!

2.) Stop Shopping
That's right. You read that right.  I am going to make a plan to stop buying clothes for 3 months. It will be only for 3 months but my goal is try to last longer.  I'm taking baby steps here.  This includes, shoes, accessories, purses (Eek!) and anything that would be considered a clothing item.  My head is feeling light headed just thinking about this.  But I strongly believe that I can do it.

I'm sure, you guys are scratching your heads trying to figure out why I'm doing this. I have two reasons.. one, I think that my purchases are unnecessary at times.  My shopping budget per month is reasonable but I do buy things that I want and not need. My second reason is so that I can save a little bit extra for our first home that we plan to purchase at the end of this year.  Ideally, I would like to not shop until December.

Goal: Wear what I own because I have more than enough clothes

3.) Write About My Journey of not Spending Money
I'm going to share to you guys about my journey... you know the struggles, the withdrawals etc.

Goal: Hopefully I will be able to motivate you

So starting today on May 22, 2012... I will stop shopping!

Note:  The only purchase that I plan to make in the next 3 months are rain boots! I walk and take a train to get to work and on those rainy days, a rain boot would be must appreciated.  I've been looking for months but I haven't been able to find rain boots that I want. This will be my one and only purchase. 

Readers: What do you think?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ann Taylor Semi-Annual Sale

Ann Taylor is currently having their semi-annual sale right now!  Everything is currently 40% off.  As a frugal shopper, I LOVE this time of the year.  I'll travel to different stores just to see their different selection. 

My current frugal find is this beautiful white winter coat that I have been admiring for awhile.
This is the Belle Coat. Originally priced at $398.  Currently online for $199.

At store is is $99.88 PLUS an additional 40% off.  Making this coat $59.93!!!

Readers: Have you found any great deals during Ann Taylor's semi-annual sale?