1. One Credit Card – If you have a problem with temptation when shopping, as all shopaholics do, posses only one credit card. Don’t be tempted by the store when they say you can get 20% off your purchases if you get one “Now”. The interest charged on store credit cards is some of the highest out there and they are not negotionable. The chances are if you are buying on a credit card you probably cannot afford it – am I right?
2. Limit color – This is a major saving. Try to stick to one major color in your wardrobe. When I travel I take white and black or white and brown. I mix and match. It is a very economical way to dress for work or social evenings and travel. If you are buying a lot of colors then you will find you have a problem matching things, then we hear – I have nothing to wear!
3. Take cash – If you are going shopping leave the credit card at home and take cash. When it’s spent, it’s spent. You can’t be tempted to buy more if you don’t have your credit card with you.
4. Keep receipts – When you purchase an item and have not used it, or worn it, in two weeks the chances are you really don’t need it – so return it.
5. Sell it – If you are looking to buy new clothes for the season, first go through your closet and clean it out and take your old wardrobe to a consignment shop and sell it. It will help pay for the new outfits.
6. Lay Away – Some shops will allow Lay–aways. Use them if you don’t have the cash and you can’t live without that item.
There are a lot more suggestions in my book Simply Fantastic: Living Better On Less, Chapter 11. Where Did All The Money Go.
It is so important in these economic times to stop the shopaholic habit and start being extremely concious of what and how we are spending.
Remember we are not what we wear!