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Poll on Food and Fashion Spending

Your Two Cents: Do You Allocate More For Fashion or Food?

We're six days into the 40-day Savvy Savings Challenge, and spending is on my mind at all times. I've committed to give up unnecessary costs — most notably I won't be driving to work for convenience or clothes shopping — and subsequently taken serious stock of my mindless purchases. I'm a savvy saver by nature but am certainly not without my vices.

During Fashion Week you shared your 2010 shopping budgets, and the results were all over the map: 34 of SavvySugar readers plan to spend less than $500 on fashion this year, 17 percent less than $5,000, and five percent will likely dish out more than $5,000. Everyone else was in between. We named food and groceries the most overpriced expense of 2009, so I want to know how your grocery and food costs match up with your passion for fashion. Do you predict you'll spend more on food or fashion for 2010?

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Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
Food, definitely. I'd much rather spend $25 on a dinner out with friends than a new shirt...so that's exactly what I do. I've been working on curbing both types of spending, though.
weffie weffie 6 years
I def spend more on food, I'm a hippie lol... I'm happy reusing clothes forever, getting hand-me-downs from friends, and only indulging in a nice new outfit or accessory when I need it for an event. But when it comes to food, I can't settle for cheap crap... I get as much of my diet as possible from the local-organic-vegan category so it runs quite a bit pricier than the average grocery bill.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
OK, not the only two things; I also buy the occasional thing for my house and obviously hygiene items and the like; I should have said that those are the two major categories for me.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I chose fashion, but it probably ends up being about the same. Other than my monthly bills (rent, electric, cell phone, etc.) and the occasional plane ticket, fashion and food are the only two things I spend money on.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 6 years
If I include the family in my food budget, more on food but if it is just me; about the same for food and fashion.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I think I spend more on fashion than on food. When it comes to food, I eat simple, whole foods like eggs, dried legumes, fresh produce, milk, etc. Compared to fashion, those items are at much lower price points. If I also consider other fashion items like shoes, boots, handbags, and fine jewelry, for sure, I spend more on fashion.
Hello890 Hello890 6 years
If I didn't have my husband to feed, then I would probably spend more on clothes. However, since that is not the case, I spend more on food. :(
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I barely ever buy clothes, but I insist on eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies every day, so I allocate about $400 a month for food. I probably spend $200-$300 a YEAR on new clothes.
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