Wait, what?! A spending freeze?? #thosepregnancyhormonesaregettingtoher! Yep friends, you heard that right. From the girl who loves to shop and especially for clothes! Every year, after the holidays, I scale waaay back from spending money because it seems like we spend so much on Christmas gifts and parties and giving and such. I mentioned a couple times that I haven’t been shopping, but I figured I’d give you a few more details. And it’s not all about saving money.
This spending freeze (on clothes only- I’m not that crazy!) won’t last forever, but it makes sense now that I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy and definitely don’t want to spend any more money on maternity clothing that I’ll likely never wear again. Even though our baby girl isn’t even here yet, I’ve been secretly wondering if we could have maybe more one?? I know it sounds crazy, but I’ve always wanted lots of kids. At least 3. My son has been without a doubt the best thing in my life and I enjoy being his mom more than anything else in the world. But, I’m turning 41 in just a few weeks, so I feel like we may have missed the boat on that one and we’ll be more than satisfied with the two!! kids we are blessed with.
Even though I am tempted to buy a few more maternity items (some are just really cute and I feel like I could use a couple more tanks or short sleeve shirts, since most of my maternity wardrobe is winter styles and I’m getting even bigger!) and I’m also tempted to take advantage of the sales on non-maternity things I’m seeing now for things I’d like to wear post-pregnancy. BUT, I’m making myself wait until at least a few weeks after the baby is born. I don’t think my spending freeze is revolutionary, especially given our baby is due soon. All in all, it will be about two months of not buying any new clothes. Maybe you do that anyway without even thinking about it and you’re all, “big deal lady!” I get that. I have a girlfriend in my church group who vowed (and succeeded) in not buying clothes for a whole year! #goodforher
Can I even do this? Of course, if I remember my goals and the reason I decided to do this in the first place. Back in college (dang, that was a long time ago), I was in debt about $3,000 on credit cards and vowed not to shop at all until I had paid off that debt. I went Dave Ramsey style and didn’t even buy a pack of gum until that debt was paid off. It wasn’t easy (and took a long time) since I was a full-time college student, living in an apartment with a roommate, paying my own way without taking out student loans, and just waitressing/bartending at night. But, it was a wise lesson learned because I never went into credit card debt again after that. #tootmyownhorn #proudofthat
my $pending freeze goals
1) Simplify and slow down to enjoy the end of this pregnancy. I want to focus my attention on my son (and husband- whoops! 😉 as we prepare to become a family of 4. These precious times of being just the three of us are dwindling, although I know they will be replaced with something that makes us feel even more complete.
2) Prepare for baby We still need some baby things to get ready for her arrival and I’m a planner/organizer, but I’ve felt a little frazzled lately. I think just finally sitting down and taking inventory of what we still need, researching the best items to buy, then actually getting them, and organizing them at home will make me feel much better. I guess that nesting instinct is kicking in. Oh, and I still need to pack the hospital bag and one for our son in case we need to take him to our neighbor’s house for awhile. Would love your tips on this! I want to have what we need, but not too much.
3) Give my body time to adjust at its own pace post-pregnancy without me worrying about what I will fit into and when. I remember last time being so disappointed going into Target to buy new clothes post-pregnancy and not being able to fit into my smaller sizes. You guys know how into fitness I am and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t ready to be able to wear pants comfortably again, and heels, and cinched waist tops! but I’m actually not that concerned about the shape of my body post-pregnancy. I trust that it will adjust on its own, especially since I’ve been good about keeping up with exercise (post coming next week on that) and eating healthy and I’ve gained less weight this time. I say all this now. After I have her and a few weeks go by, let’s see if I feel the same . . . I remember starting to workout, with doctor’s approval, one month after I had my son. I was sooooo ready to lose the weight.
4) Save Money – a no brainer.
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What does this clothing spending freeze mean for my fashion posts? They aren’t going anywhere- I’m still passionate about fashion and style and love creating and sharing those posts with you, so I will continue to do Wardrobe Wednesday and FridayWeekend Steals & Deals, but the items I wear will be Mix & Match style (like you’ve been seeing lately anyway), which actually make me think outside the box and be more creative anyway. There are some things I have in my closet that you haven’t seen yet, so that will still be new (to you).
I’ve also been thinking of revamping how I do my fashion posts anyway. It’s good to reevaluate once in awhile and the last few months I’ve been feeling like it’s time to freshen it up to keep it exciting to you and me both. I’m not exactly sure what that means yet, and I still want to offer weekly budget fashion ideas (we can all still look great for less), so I’d love your feedback as I make some tweaks and play around with new Style Guides and series ideas. On that note, if you have any style questions/dilemmas, or want to see more of a certain type of fashion post, I’m all ears! Fashion over 40, petite style, fashion formulas, hi/low, looks for less, date night chic, stylish mom-on-the-go, and affordable work attire are all areas I have something to offer and I’m excited about exploring some fresh fashion content with you soon!