I spend a lot of money on clothes.
A lot more than I should as a person who blogs about personal finance.
I’ve read the articles about how I’m just buying into the corporate machine, the consumerist cycle that tells us we need the iPhone and Dooney & Bourke handbags. I’ve read that as long as they’re clean and fit correctly, Costco clothes are just as good as Gucci. I know you can possibly find Ralph Lauren at Goodwill if you’re not grossed out by wearing other people’s old clothes. I get it.
Of course, I also get emails from J. Crew and Anthropologie, emails that make me realize that I need bright green elbow-length gloves and sweaters with poufy flowers all over them.
I rationalize my spending by saying that I don’t splurge on food or booze or travel or anything else. There’s nothing worse than the days when I wake up and nothing fits correctly or the shirt I wanted to wear isn’t clean. Given how much I save, my clothes spending is a drop in the bucket.
Anyway, this month and last I am trying to not buy anything new, mostly so I can build up some savings and go on a spree for fall clothes. I haven’t fallen off the wagon yet, either!
So why am I even writing this entry?
I bought Anthropologie gift cards off eBay this week. They should be sitting in my mailbox as I type. I had to pay a lot up front, but I got about 20% off the amount of money that’s on them. I know that technically, I’m not saving anything, since I had to pay for the gift cards, but I love Anthropologie and now I have an excuse to do a lot of shopping there!
Not comfortable with eBay? There are plenty of sites that offer the same deal! Gift Cards Again does a bunch of different stores and restaurants. I’ve seen a lot of stuff at Plastic Jungle as well. These are pretty well-known websites, so there’s probably less of a risk than with eBay. (I checked, though, no Anthropologie gift cards.)
If you, like me, spend way too much on clothes and want to save money in ways that doesn’t involve buying less, this is probably the easiest way. Less risky than shoplifting, more fun than waiting until the end of the season (how do I even know if poufy flowers will be in next winter??).
The only bad thing is that I don’t know how to make sure the balances are correct. For some reason, my mind keeps chanting, “Just buy something and check the receipt!” I’m pretty sure that’s cheating.