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Thrift Life

I have done a lot of reading in the past year about finances, budget lifestyle and ways women have reshaped their spending habits. I find myself disheartened at each one because of the way most regard being thrifty. Some call it being cheap, others being financially savvy. Maybe I am money conscious, or perhaps a more political stance of not wanting to encourage the overpricing of goods or the supporting of businesses with inhumane practices.

The most recent article I came across on Facebook was that of Ayssa Barrette, “7 Eye Opening Lessons I Learned From Buying Nothing New For 200 Days” as posted on Collective Evolution. Knowing her background in environmental sustainability I can understand her points made in her article, however I can’t help but feel dissatisfied. Continue Reading

Budgeting | Part 1 | “Start A Budget”


Often people wonder how I am able to change my wardrobe and furniture as much as I do without a huge salary. For me its quite simple: the thrift lifestyle! but a more accurate response is a little more complicated: I budget. My parents developed a way to track their budget more wisely after years of just having a loose idea in their minds of what goes where. They began watching “Til Debt Do Us Part” where they started learning even more tips and tricks.

Personally having never watched the show (hurray for no tv!) I find this basic excel sheet budget the absolute best tool one can have for their personal savings and spending. I have taken some time to write out a complete step by step tutorial on how to create and begin your budget over two very extensive blog posts. If you’re ready to start saving, click the link to begin the tutorial!

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January Challenge Reflection

Infinity ScarfWith my first month of my thrift challenge complete, I am already amazed at the results. I budget the rest of my life for essentials but it had not occurred to me that I should be budgeting my entire life including entertainment, not just bills. After mentioning the idea to a few friends and coworkers the general consensus was that I would be shocked when I started seeing the numbers. I try not to think about what I probably spent over the past year and instead focus on what I’ll be saving this year, and from now on.

I had no idea what to start my budget goal at, based on the Thrifty Threads Challenge, I knew $50 was probably too low for a weekly shopper. I set my goal at $80 with the expectation that I would gradually try to lower that amount. I was truly surprised that I just about met my goal save for $2. I was doing really well up until the last trip keeping my totals under $20 and its funny, now I feel like I splurged on the last one at $31. I know there were many occasions last year where I left with $50 worth of merchandise.

It was definitely an eye-opener seeing the amounts I was bringing in that wasn’t perfect. I now am very particular about what I decide to take home with me. I do not shrug when I see a stain or a seam open, I leave it behind. I am no longer willing to bend on damaged goods. I feel as though my closet has become more precious, the space in it only available to the items I really like. If it isn’t easily altered to fit I leave it behind.

I also developed a new outlook on my closet, frequent rotation is not a bad idea. I do tire of things very easily so consignment and donation are great ways I can keep a comfortable amount in my closet. People seem to think I just accumulate but in working in consignment, its pretty easy for me to recycle my unwanted clothing. Now there are plenty of times when my things are too worn, thus the issue a lot of the time with second hand clothing. But there are plenty of items I have bought because I felt attracted to them – only to realize that I liked them for someone, not necessarily me.

In tracking my sales of clothing at the store I was blown away to see the results at the end of the month. $239.25 in just clothing sales alone! I also have the benefit of selling my handcrafted earrings at the store which brought in another $128.25! For a grand total of $367.50! Talk about a great source of additional income or “cushion” as it were. In using only account money towards buying items from the store I am able to keep my paycheques strictly for my billing budget. Brilliant!

Thrift Challenge January

Thrifting Purchases

Week of January 8, 2015 – Total: $20
Week of January 14, 2015 – Total: $5
Week of January 17, 2015 – Total: $6
Week of January 22, 2015 – Total: $20
Week of January 29, 2015 – Total: $31

January Month End Total: $82 | Goal: $80 | Overbudget: $2

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365 Days of Thrift

Thrifty Threads 365I never thought I’d gush over an app, but lately Instagram is my best friend. Its a great way for me to connect with thrifters all over the globe sharing the same passion for fashion! Recently I have found Patrice of Looking Fly on a Dime, who has a great Instagram feed and blog with a special feature called Thrifty Threads 365 Challenge.

Although my whole world has always been thrift, it was a fascinating read! On a monthly budget of $50 (I know for a fact I spend way more than that!) she committed herself to only shopping second hand for the entire year. Since 2010 she has been completing this challenge with great success! What an accomplishment! The girls of the “No Shop September” with the $100 a week budget should take notes. Continue Reading

No Shop September

In being active on Instagram, I came across a girl promoting No Shop September. I did some googling but didn’t find all that much so I gather its a relatively new idea that isn’t overly popular. But it is actually quite a brilliant idea, to challenge yourself and be satisfied with what you already have in your closet. This isn’t to say you can’t buy anything at all as that’s really hard for those of us that thrift as a form of relaxation and de-stress!

In my search for more information on this challenge I came across this blog post by Amber at Fashion, Floss and Lip Gloss. The concept fascinates me and as I prepare for a trip to Australia next month, I thought this would be an excellent time to try my luck! I like the idea of shopping in your closet. I do rotate my closet a lot, what I’m not wearing I recycle whether it be through consignment or donation. The pieces I really like I keep and wear. But I am fully capable of letting go of things I just like the idea of, but really don’t suit me.

But this idea doesn’t have to be September only, but pick a month and see how long you can go without being tempted by things you don’t need!