How to shop guilt-free in times like these

Designer Vintage
20 May 2020

Money and our spending habits are even more on our minds than usual. Especially now when many people are struggling financially, we want to know how we can still buy something without feeling guilty. This time gives us more time to think carefully about what we really need and tidy up our wardrobe. We are happy to help you learn how to shop smarter and more efficiently. Because what could be more fun than buying the item of your dreams after achieving your savings goals? 

1. Make a list of essential items

Is your closet overflowing with clothes, bags and accessories? Can you never find something and do you often hear yourself say: "I have nothing to wear"? Clean out your closet and try on every item again! Think of items in your closet that may no longer fit or that you're really tired of. By cleaning up, you'll come across items that you might have already forgotten about and you will learn to re-appreciate. Make an essential list that includes items that you wear a lot, your personal must-haves. Think of neat pants, t-shirts or jackets. There are dozens of useful lists online with items that can't be missed in your closet, such as a white t-shirt or a little black dress. A timeless item of good quality will last longer and you can wear it in different ways.

2. Give your items a second life

After tidying up your closet, we understand that you would like to get rid of the items you no longer wear. But how nice would it be to make someone else happy with it ánd possibly earn some money from it? Sell ​​the items that you no longer wear and give them a second life. This way, your jacket could be someone else's new favourite jacket! How cool is that? 

3. Give yourself a budget

It may seem obvious, but one thing is certain: a budget will become your best friend. Don't think about having a limited budget, but a realistic budget in which you think carefully about what you spend every month and what you could possibly cut back on. Everyone should have a budget that always works for them. Divide your budget into income and expenses and take a good look at your fixed costs each month. For example, do you have an expensive gym subscription that you don't use? Unsubscribe! Make a list and order priorities. Saving should of be fun, so don't limit yourself too much here. Do you like to eat out? No problem, this doesn't necessarily have to be expensive, but set a budget so that you can still save the amount that you have set each month.

4. Saving plan

Saving is something you can learn, so it's useful to set aside an amount every month. This doesn't have to be the same amount every month, there are of course several ways to save. Inspired by @frugalyear's story and her tips on how to handle personal finances, we have set up a savings plan you could use.
 

Week Deposit Balance  Week  Deposit Balance
1. $20 $20 27. $100 $2070
2. $30 $50 28. $160 $2230
3. $50 $100 29. $60 $2290
4. $130 $230 30. $80 $2370
5. $20 $250 31. $100 $2470
6. $50 $300 32. $170 $2640
7. $80 $380 33. $60 $2700
8. $130 $510 34. $90 $2790
9. $30 $540 35. $120 $2900
10. $60 $600 36. $170 $3070
11. $80 $680 37. $60 $3130
12. $130 $810 38. $90  $3200
13. $40 $850 39. $120 $3340
14. $60 $910 40. $180 $3520
15. $80 $990 41. $70 $3590
16. $140 $1130 42. $100 $3690
17. $100 $1170 43. $120 $3810
18. $160 $1230 44. $190 $4000
19. $60 $1320 45. $80 $4080
20. $150 $1470 46. $100 $4180
21. $50 $1520 47. $120 $4310
22. $70 $1590 48. $190 $4500
23. $100 $1690 49. $80 $4580
24. $150 $1840 50. $110 $4690
25. $50 $1890 51. $130 $4820
26. $80 $1970 52. $180 $5000

5. Guilt-free

If you've finally saved enough to actually buy the item on your wishlist, there is nothing as terrible as feeling guilty afterwards. That's why it's important to think carefully about the item you end up buying. Make sure the item falls within your budget. If this isn't the case, it's good to think about why you want this item a little bit longer. If you really can't get the item out of your head, the item might be worth saving for. There is nothing wrong with falling in love with that one bag, but be wise with the choices you make.