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Money Tip: Estimate the Cost of Your Outfit Before Buying More

Shopping might feel good after a bad day, but you're doing more harm than good if you're spending money beyond your budget. There are questions you can ask yourself when you're deciding whether or not to make a purchase, but after a bad day those questions might fly right out the window. The best solution is to steer yourself away from going into stores in the first place.

Here is a trick that has come in handy for me: Add up the cost of everything that you are currently wearing. Start with your shoes and work your way up, estimating the price of each item and adding those numbers together. The awareness that you spent x amount of money on your outfit, but are considering shopping for no reason, can help deter you from buying things you don't need on a mood-driven shopping trip.


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Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 8 years
I always think about how I have something else cooler, and why wear a B item when you can wear an A item. Or how I'd rather skip this thing and get a quality, designer item later.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
Over the weekend I spent about $100 at Target and got enough for multiple outfits with shoes and accessories. Yay for clearance!
gemsera gemsera 8 years
For me that wouldnt work. I rarely spend more than about £30 on an outfit (underwear and shoes included) so I dont feel guilty at all! I feel guilty when I go to the spa or something which I need to work on - I go once a year or so LOL so not very often.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
well I wouldn't be feeling too guilty using this analysis today -- shoes were about $70 recently and shirt was $12. the suit I'm wearing is about 5 years old and the jewelry was a gift! I definitely don't spend money on clothes often, though like LadyLila, I still tend to feel bad since we need to spend money on other stuff (debt). Unfortunately I am really hard on shoes and wear them out quickly, so I don't have much of a choice with them.
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
The bad-day spending isn't my problem. Getting me to spend IS my problem. See, I almost always feel guilty buying things (even stuff I need, like new clothes) because I know that we don't have a lot of money.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i've never thought about this one - and to be honest i don't know if it would work, but it would really make me take pause for a second before spending MORE money. i have this ability to buy things really inexpensive and people don't realize it - so for me to add up what i'm wearing now and then to decide if it's worth it - i don't know if that's the best way to go :)
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