Last week I blogged about my personal style, and how it has evolved after I got married. One thing I have come to realize is that regardless of what style icon I’m channeling at the moment, to achieve that look, some form of shopping (on the Internet or in-person) has to occur. Right? I truly believe people don’t change…much. I was a shopper before I met my husband, and It be unrealistic to believe that because I am married I wouldn’t shop anymore. I have to admit shopping was once one of my favorite pastimes. Most Saturday’s my older sister and I would meet up and shop, have lunch, then shop some more. I
tried not to spend more money than I budgeted for shopping. And I always paid cash, so financially I was ‘responsible’. Although I have to admit I could have saved much more than I did.
Now that I’m married, I try to limit my clothes shopping to buying seasonal basics and special occasion items. But, that doesn’t always work. Personally, I believe that getting married changes your perspectives and priorities, but it never takes away your desire to indulge in fashion. In an effort to curtail impulsive shopping, I decided to try the Pie Chart Shopping method. I came across this method while reading I Love Your Style, by Amanda Brooks. Amanda suggests making a pie chart to prioritize the areas of your life you dress for. There are six main areas: work, play/casual, play/elegant, sports/exercise, social functions, and bedtime.
“The pie chart can help you visualize how much time you spend in each area, and how important those areas are to you, and budget accordingly.”
Now when I’m shopping, and I see something I like, my goal is to decide if it belongs one of my high-percentage shopping categories such casual, exercise, and social. If not… I don’t buy it. I will still continue to shop, but with focus on social and casual clothing. Which allows me to have my cake and eat it too! Would you try the Pie Chart Method? What methods do you use to curtail spending?