I responded to a similar topic on MyNudies.com a while ago. Here was my take... I think I spend a lot of money on clothes, but definitely not more than like $100 -$250 a month. I would spend more if I found stuff that I liked though. Maybe I just don't get out enough. :-) I'm not a rich man, but I make reasonably good coin by Washington D.C. standards (where the cost of living is pretty high). I guess I could
really just get whatever I wanted right now. However, here's how I justify my basically semi-unlimited budget:
- I tend to buy stuff that I know will last a long time. Denim's a great example. Jeans never go out of style, can be worn all year round, and generally last forever (because I don't skate anymore?)
- I tend to buy the classics. I guess I'm not cool enough to pull off the crazier stuff. I buy normal, standard, Converse Chucks. Fairly normal lookin' Vans. You know...stuff that's kinda timeless. Most Chucks and Vans look the same today as they did in the 70's, 80's, etc. And I really do end up keeping stuff for a long time. I have a few pairs of boots and even a shirt or two that are at least 7 - 10 years old.
- Sell your old stuff. I hate being a pack rat. Even though i can afford to just get whatever I want, I don't. I've sold denim on Craigslist and eBay, etc. I'm pretty honest with myself about whether or not I'm going to wear something ever again. Honesty with yourself is good!
- I'm a professional graphic designer by day and I love shooting music and concert photography after-hours. Both of these skills allow me to make extra coin beyond my actual paycheck. Anything extra I make is "whatever the fuck I want" money. I save a lot of money that comes out of my paycheck and spend extra income on stuff I don't really need, but really want. It's good!
I dunno, maybe a lot of you people are in your late teens or 20's. I'm in my early 30s. Be careful with yourselves because nobody is going to take care of your money better than you will. Live in the now, but save a little coin for the future -- nobody's gonna do it for ya! gm.