So what are the catch phrases these days?
Shop till you drop!
Become a Fashionista!
Do it for yourself because no one else will!
Work hard, play hard!
What is the media trying to tell us and is it a good thing?
The Reality for Most People
Some statistics say that the average family spends about $1700 a year on clothing, with women spending about $600 of that amount (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Please understand that I don’t decry this amount. But I ask, do we really need to spend even that much per year? And does anyone really need to spend more?
Most of the families that I know now spend a lot less. Many have little or no budget, maybe $200 a year.
That might be hard for you to hear. That might even seem a bit crazy to you.
But what is even crazier is that these families still have plenty of clothing and they are, for the most part, quite content with what they have.
A Full Closet With a $200 Clothing Budget
When my husband and I committed ourselves to Jesus, we walked away from my salary to have children and gave up many things. This included a clothing budget. For three years, our clothing budget was around $200, and 90% of that went towards my husband’s clothing since he was working out of the home.
That is correct – mom, one girl and then a second girl, had a full wardrobe with $20 a year. And no, we did not make our own clothing. God, as He promised, provided us with clothing.
We did not ask anyone for clothing, we only prayed for it. And it came! Friends and family would come to us with bags and boxes over those three years, and my girls had so many dresses that we ended up passing some on to others. We also have a neat Grandma who has given myself and the girls a few new things, which is always fun and a true blessing to us.
And me? Again, God provided. People would say, hey, I got this skirt but it is too long for me, do you think you would like it? And it would not only be something that I liked, but it would match a top I already had! Clothing even came from distant family members that had no idea of our situation.
Just a Little Bit More Now
Although I was happy to make do with what I had, I did get to spend $200 this year on clothing for myself. It was like WOW, I get to spend that much!!! I used to be so ungrateful for what I had so many years ago.
Now I can’t even imagine needing that much over the next few years. I am blessed to have what I have.
What is your clothing budget?
What if you “fasted” from purchasing clothing for a year, do you think you would appreciate what you have more?
How do you feel about how the media portrays woman’s shopping habits?