A Year of Thrift

thriftlovetrip3 Just to refresh ourselves on my goal: Every month I would track my additional income through consignment as well as my spending in thrift. I gave myself a budget of $80 per month to shop with.

Some months I notice I was able to stick to my goal easily, others when I had felt more work stress, I would not. At least my stress is dealt with in thrift rather than ice cream! I also allowed my budget to be more lax when it was a 50% off sale day at Value Village OR it was a seriously impressive item I am not likely to find again.



January 2015
Jewellery Income: $139 – Clothing Income: $239 – Spending: $56

Ending Balance: $313

February 2015
Jewellery Income: $99 – Clothing Income: $354 – Spending: $48

Ending Balance: $405

March 2015
Jewellery Income: $246 – Clothing Income: $456 – Spending: $123

Ending Balance: $579

April 2015
Jewellery Income: $305 – Clothing Income: $293 – Spending: $70

Ending Balance: $528

May 2015
Jewellery Income: $410 – Clothing Income: $227 – Spending: $123

Ending Balance: $514

June 2015
Jewellery Income: $300 – Clothing Income: $281 – Spending: $107

Ending Balance: $474

July 2015
Jewellery Income: $303 – Clothing Income: $442 – Spending: $73

Ending Balance: $672

August 2015
Jewellery Income: $255 – Clothing Income: $495 – Spending: $83

Ending Balance: $667

September 2015
Jewellery Income: $276 – Clothing Income: $362 – Spending: $25

Ending Balance: $613

October 2015
Jewellery Income: $79 – Clothing Income: $493 – Spending: $77

Ending Balance: $495

November 2015
Jewellery Income: $140 – Clothing Income: $467 – Spending: $130

Ending Balance: $477

December 2015
Jewellery Income: $247 – Clothing Income: $236 – Spending: $57

Ending Balance: $426

Total Income: $7,144

Before we get too excited we also need to look at the spending too: $972 over the year, which is only $12 more than my estimated budget! Wow I was nearly bang on!

This was such an interesting challenge for me to take on because it really puts into perspective exactly how much you spend when you are consciously aware of it. I would present this idea to anyone that is looking to save money, simply track what you spend in one month at somewhere you frequent, let’s say Tim Horton’s or Starbucks. Record the dollar amount for every visit and tally it at the end. Much like I am now, you’ll be surprised at the dollar amounts.

I taught myself a few great lessons this year about need vs want. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. So many questions to ask yourself every time you hold an item in your hands: Do I need it? What can I wear it with? What do I already have that’s similar? Does it fit perfectly? Are there any flaws in it? How difficult will it be to fix, alter, change? Why do I like it? Do I just think its interesting?

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