My total cost has been added up to 109€ for the year. The result for 2017 with the same budget was 67 €. 2018 I have spent money on underwear, sports clothes and jeans in smaller sizes when I got fed up living in clothes two sizes too big after my hard work on grinding off my excess weight.
Some of the clothes bought did not last the year, some cheap clothes are cheap only as a reflection of quality and presumably the low wages paid the people who manufacture these garments. Some clothes lost shape although brand name, returned and refunded, reducing the spending.
It seems the spending was well within budget but it is only because there it is a questionable budget.
For among other things the following reasons:
- Shoes are not included and I bought running shoes for 130 € last year, calculated as a part of my jolly-time or vacation budget. That may be fair but I know that 2019 will most probably need a pair of regular shoes and I have no shoe budget, and that shoots all calculations out of the water already. Note to self: Add shoe budget to the annual budget.
- I live in jeans, sweaters and walking shoes. I need no work clothes with a certain style and I am surrounded by people who could not care what I wear. I also still have an extensive wardrobe with fancy clothes from my affluent and high flying years to bring out on the rare occasions when I need or want to dress up. Adjust your budget to your needs, but cut your wants.
- I have applied for a new job and am advancing in the recruitment process. If I go another step further, I will need a new outfit and if hired, all hell breaks loose as I working wardrobe for a new work environment will have to be sourced. (Not looking forward to that part.)
I may have to blow my entire clothes budget on one garment.
Remember to start your clothes-list now if you want to remember everything brought into the house during the year.