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How do I stop myself from buying new clothes all the time?

acecow

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It's getting out of hand. How do I stop spending money on clothing? How do you (if at all) battle this addiction?
 

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Don't worry about it too much. Your credit cards have limits, right? Once you reach those you'll slow down quite a bit.
 

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trying work off a need/want list-system. physically compile a list. if you are still building your wardrobe, then there are probably things that you "need." those take priority, and perhaps you can focus on getting just one a month (or whatever your budget allows). of course, one can rationalize everything as a "need," but when you're considering getting an item that looks like 3 others you already own...you don't need it. for mere "Wants": I'd suggest an in/out system. If you just "want" something, then you have to get rid of something older on B&S or ebay to balance it out. all of this sounds great in theory. i don't actually have that sort of discipline. arguably, if you're properly budgeting for investments/savings/bills, etc then you probably won't have THAT much money to throw around on casual wants. and if you do...throw some of that my way
 

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The problem is: I have enough money to spend on clothing. I also look for great deals on B&S or in the stores. Therefore, I end up with items I like a lot without spending more than a half a grand per month, which is well within my budget.

I'd just like to stop though, because I have enough clothes that I NEED. But I keep WANTING more.


I think, when I'm waiting for something in the mail, like a shirt from MT, I don't have any desire to buy something else. Otherwise, I just browse B&S aimlessly until all of a sudden I see something I want and it's a great deal, too. And I end up buying it.

Maybe I should order a shirt from MT once per month or so... Also, bump my own thread so I get banned from B&S. That way I won't be buying much of anything else. I hate this forum, it's all your fault!
 

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If there was an answer to your question, I wouldn't have enough clothes for five men. Every year I tell myself, "That's it, you have enough now. Really." and yet barely a month goes by where I don't pick up something. And really, I have enough stuff. So much that I can't even wear what I have and yet yesterday I picked more stuff.

Just don't go into debt for clothes. Pay cash.
 

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are you in a relationship? if so, what does your wife/gf say about this? i know mine definitely began to raise eyebrows and make comments when i started spending more on clothing than she was. then again, if you're swimming in gold like Scrooge McDuck...you might have different problems from me. At least I have financial limits.

Perhaps you should spend more on bigger ticket items, instead of amassing cheaper/smaller ones that you won't get to wear anyway. I think most of us enjoy the thrill of the chase just as much as the actual kill. Nothing like knowing that new ____ is on the way. The UPS guy knows about my penchant for shoes, and what time is best to stop by my house with a package. As you can imagine, my wife isn't thrilled by his familiarity. "What's next? You going to invite him over for Thanksgiving dinner?"

I think you'll find most of us here are similarly haunted by this affliction.
 

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Try to sell some of your stuff online. Lack of interest and low ball offers will probably help you realize that you have been squeezing the trigger too easily.
 

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Originally Posted by acecow
The problem is: I have enough money to spend on clothing. I also look for great deals on B&S or in the stores. Therefore, I end up with items I like a lot without spending more than a half a grand per month, which is well within my budget.

You're not trying hard enough. Buy shoes from Edward Green; get a bespoke tailor. You'll soon exceed your ability to pay and then you'll have to stop. People I know spend $500/month on ties and wholesale fabric alone.
 

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I got the same problem.

As I study psychology , it must be an anxiety problem that you self medicate looking for new clothes all the time. At least that is what I thing about me.
 

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Originally Posted by acecow
It's getting out of hand. How do I stop spending money on clothing? How do you (if at all) battle this addiction?
First I purchased absolutely everything I need ... then I purchased everything I want. Now I don't need to spend any more money.
 

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Originally Posted by SpallaCamiccia
I got the same problem.

As I study psychology , it must be an anxiety problem that you self medicate looking for new clothes all the time. At least that is what I thing about me.


Me too. I do it when I'm bored, but then i feel better.
 

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Originally Posted by RSS
First I purchased absolutely everything I need ... then I purchased everything I want. Now I don't need to spend any more money.

So there's light at the end of the tunnel? You gave me hope!
 

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Originally Posted by acecow
It's getting out of hand. How do I stop spending money on clothing? How do you (if at all) battle this addiction?
Take some of the credit cards out of your wallet and put them away for a while.

But honestly ... if you can't stop ... and you feel you should ... you have a problem.
 

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