No Spending Challenge-No Buying Clothes in 2013

file000665986548The average American household spends about $2000 on clothes annually. I’ve certainly cut back in the last few years, but I’ve never gone 12 months without buying some article of clothing. Since I’m working less now and trying to save more, it’s the perfect time for me to take a no spending challenge. I am not going to buy any clothes or shoes for myself in 2013.

How Can You Not Buy Clothes?

Its very simple. If you don’t want to spend money on clothes, stay out of your favorite stores. It’s almost impossible to get through a whole twelve months without buying clothing for my daughter,who grows faster than Taylor Swift goes through boyfriends. I can choose to buy her clothes from stores that won’t tempt me. They don’t sell tons of things I’d be interested in at Children’s Place. I can also order things for her online. She doesn’t have to turn around in front of the mirror and make sure that pants don’t make her butt look big before buying.

I can go through my closet and drawers. If you are like me, you probably wear the same 5-10 items in rotation. Things get pushed to the back of the closet, and we forget about them. I bet I can find enough stuff hiding out in my closet to feel like I went shopping.

I also don’t need anything. I got socks and underwear for Christmas and a new pair of jeans right before, so I should be set unless I set something on fire. You can make your work clothes last longer by hanging them up instead of drying in the dryer. I’m pretty sure I can make it twelve months.

Psychological Shopping?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve relied on retail therapy if I’ve been in a bad mood or was stressed for some reason. Buying new clothes or shoes was a little pick me up. I deserved it for all of my hard work.

I’ll tell you what feels better than buying new clothes, being out of debt. Hands down, no contest. Buying clothes you don’t need and getting a credit card bill a month later is not good for mental health in any way.

What Might Trip Me Up

My running shoes are six months old. Can they hold out for another 12 months? My knees won’t allow me to run as much as I used to, but I will pick it up pretty regularly as it gets warmer. There are two triathlons I want to do this summer, and I won’t kill my feet with bad shoes. Maybe if I need some before the end of the year, I can sell enough stuff on Ebay to cover the cost of buying a pair there, but I won’t give up my exercise to avoid buying new shoes.

A no spending challenge is a great way to save money if it is something you can reasonably live without. For 2013, I can live without new clothes. Hopefully, you can find your own no spending challenge.

What are you going to challenge yourself to spend less on?



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Sydney White is a Texas-born stay at home mom who enjoys spending time with her family, bargain hunting and, of course, writing. She is currently the editor-in-chief of


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  2. I challenge myself to not spend all the time. I find that it keeps me out of debt and that I don’t always need the latest and greatest.

  3. What I’ll gain is some savings to give me peace of mind. I really limit what I buy and always try to buy items on sale or clearance.

  4. I’ve never done a no spending challenge, but I’m sure I would learn that I probably spend a lot of money on things I don’t really need.

  5. I don’t need a no spend challenge not to buy clothes – I do it already…
    My wife is always on at me to buy more as some are starting to show signs of good use. I figure as long as they don’t show anything off that I’m not supposed to, then it can’t be too bad 😀

  6. Food for us… we’d be able to put money we usually spend on a meal out or whatever and put it somewhere where it’s really needed — like bills.

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