What a year without clothes did dry patches on skin not itchy for me – frugalwoods

2014 was a clothes-less year for me. Never fear, I wore clothing, I just didn’t purchase any. Quite simply, I wore what I had. This wasn’t one of those “I won’t buy clothes this year except for these 5 categories dry patches on skin not itchy of things” or “well, I’ll just buy clothes I really need” or “underwear doesn’t count, right?” nope, my 2014 clothes ban was a no holds barred, full court press, 100% no clothes buying year.

My inaugural post on this topic, with the rather obvious title of why I’m not buying any clothes in 2014, delves into the rationale behind my decision. I now want to share what this ban did for dry patches on skin not itchy me as a clothes-wearing human. Plus, this gave me an excuse to take a bunch of dry patches on skin not itchy photos of my outfits on the floor again (and you wonder how we get away with a $0 entertainment budget 😉 ). My one failure

I’ll be totally honest with you, I did acquire one hot pink belt from a garage dry patches on skin not itchy sale for $0.50; but other than that, not a scrap. I didn’t buy underwear, socks, yoga clothes, work clothes, hiking clothes, play clothes, pajamas clothes, jewelry, coats, party clothes… you get the picture (and I can’t think of any other types of clothes). As regular readers are already aware, mr. Frugalwoods and I have expensive, high quality undies ( men’s, ladies) currently in their 6th year of life. Can’t beat our undies.

By not buying any clothes, I had to examine why it is that new clothes dry patches on skin not itchy have made me so happy–and dare I say, fulfilled–in the past. Thanks to this ban, my self-worth has become increasingly divorced from my physical appearance, which is an interesting departure for me. In the past, I was quite expressly concerned with what I looked like dry patches on skin not itchy on a daily basis and somehow, the year of no clothes has caused those sentiments to dry patches on skin not itchy wane. I’ve re-prioritized what matters. As with most of arenas of life, I find that living frugally, minimally, and consciously has ripple benefits that far exceed the monetary dry patches on skin not itchy rewards.

Without the option of running out to the thrift store, I had to sift through my closet and get creative. I mended clothes, I found some free clothes by the side of the dry patches on skin not itchy road, and I just plain wore old clothes. I couldn’t gain weight. Not that I physically couldn’t (although that would be a sweet attribute to have…), rather I couldn’t let myself gain weight if I still wanted to dry patches on skin not itchy fit into my clothes.

I do fully recognize that I already own a bunch dry patches on skin not itchy of fabulous outfits and so this ban isn’t as much of a hardship on me as it dry patches on skin not itchy would be on someone without a large wardrobe. I’ve carefully purchased sale and second-hand clothes for years to build up my stash, so I’m definitely in coasting mode now, enjoying the fruits of my past expense and labor. I take comfort in the fact that few items in dry patches on skin not itchy my closet cost more than $50 (with exceptions for coats, boots, my wedding dress, and a nice black suit). Unforeseen perks

I’d long envied mr. FW’s rapid morning routine and it was something of a dry patches on skin not itchy wake-up call for me that I could get ready almost dry patches on skin not itchy that quickly too. No one is standing in my house saying that I, as a woman, must spend hours primping. This revelation strikes very close to the core of what dry patches on skin not itchy I believe as a feminist–that as a woman, I shouldn’t be expected to wear heels (I don’t) and lipstick (I don’t) and put myself through torture just to conform to an dry patches on skin not itchy ideal.

I increasingly gravitate to clothes that are comfortable and fun dry patches on skin not itchy for ME to wear. Anything that’s tight or itchy (itchiness is the bane of my existence) is in the goodwill pile (which, full disclosure, is sitting in our basement in a box because I dry patches on skin not itchy keep forgetting to drop it off…. Blerg). Through this process, I’m rebelling against not only the endless probes by our dry patches on skin not itchy culture to consume, but the prompts from society for women to look, dress, act, and even think a certain way. No thank you, I’ll stick with my confident, frugal weirdo-embracing, brazen outlook any day.

Perfect! I LOVE it. I consider myself both frugal and not overly fashion finicky dry patches on skin not itchy but I had discovered that I had somehow still had dry patches on skin not itchy an annoying habit of a revolving closet. I would go to goodwill and buy a bunch at dry patches on skin not itchy a time and then when the closet was busting a dry patches on skin not itchy few months later I’d donate the goodwill finds after only wearing them a dry patches on skin not itchy few times. So for over 6 months, I just bought nothing at all.

Then a neighbor died and they were basically giving away dry patches on skin not itchy her stuff (it was a sad confirmation of the truth- you can’t take it with you when you go.) I stocked up on socks, bras, and a few shirts (I couldn’t bring myself to take the used underwear though.) I needed them all so badly and was delighted to dry patches on skin not itchy find my need met in a way that also saved dry patches on skin not itchy space in a landfill. Then, lo and behold, I was offered a pair of brand new winter boots dry patches on skin not itchy for free. They had been pulled from the free pile since they dry patches on skin not itchy were so nice but since I was helping this neighbor dry patches on skin not itchy clear the house (I helped drop LOTS and LOTS at goodwill) she asked if I could use these boots. I had seriously been super fretting over the idea of dry patches on skin not itchy buying new boots. My old ones were dry rotted. I now have a wonderful new pair and am now dry patches on skin not itchy set for the year. (although I do still need underwear.) I’ve learned from this experience to just wait and show dry patches on skin not itchy some patience and restraint. I would have been bummed if I had just bought dry patches on skin not itchy any of those things new.

Congrats on such an inspiring personal challenge! I am happy to hear how satisfied you are with dry patches on skin not itchy everything you already own, and it’s created more peace and serenity in your life. I want to get there, so I’ll probably read this article often! As you may or may not remember, I found your original article to help with my own dry patches on skin not itchy thrift shopping love that got a little crazy this year.

My other idea for helping me spend less on thrift dry patches on skin not itchy clothes besides re-reading motivating articles (because removing the app from my phone didn’t work!) – keep less fun money sitting around. We did some year-end summary spreadsheet work this weekend (which I love to do), and decided to up our retirement savings even more so dry patches on skin not itchy after seeing the checking increase after every paycheck (yes even after the clothes there was still money accumulating). We’re pretty amped for our 2015’s savings plan. Now 64+% of our salaries are being saved in retirement accounts (never fear, we have an early retirement plan). Looking at our new figures, I’m feeling quite refocused! Fingers crossed!

Congrats on continuing your challenge for 2015! I think it’s an excellent opportunity to get creative with what you dry patches on skin not itchy already own. One of my good friends is a thrift shopper extraordinaire dry patches on skin not itchy (she introduced me to goodwill-ing actually), and she is by far the most fashionable and creative dry patches on skin not itchy person I know–she re-wears the same things, but always in a different way. I think my clothes-buying was, in the past, a self-esteem thing, but more so now it’s out of boredom and it’s such a time-suck to spend so much time shopping. I’m planning to do the no-clothes thing through 2015 and at least part of 2016–at least until I (hopefully) will need maternity clothes! I am leaving it a little open for things like dry patches on skin not itchy accessories (like a new belt from target or goodwill, not fancypants jewelry) or occasionally shoes, but thinking of limiting it to no more than one dry patches on skin not itchy new thing a month to keep from replacing my clothes dry patches on skin not itchy shopping with shopping on other things! I too have to practically force husband to buy new dry patches on skin not itchy things when they fall apart so it’s never an issue for him. 🙂

Hi! I came across your blog after googling “frugal tips” and I absolutely love your philosophy of simple living! My husband and I are followers of christ and actually dry patches on skin not itchy began our own clothing ban a couple of years ago dry patches on skin not itchy as a sort of radical experiment to be more counter-cultural. It was transformative in many of the ways you describe dry patches on skin not itchy here. However, I now have trouble buying clothes that I really need, as it is such a wrestle for me over every dry patches on skin not itchy purchase I now make. I go back and forth over what I should buy dry patches on skin not itchy new and used. Your guidelines are an immense help for me in this dry patches on skin not itchy as I am working on building my wardrobe again. The lord has led me to limit my shopping to dry patches on skin not itchy thrift stores and consignment shops in our area and so dry patches on skin not itchy far I haven’t had to pay over $5 for an article of clothing! However, I am in great need of flats (I love that you reject wearing heels too – we are kindred souls!) and nice pants. I noticed that you have some nice and comfortable looking dry patches on skin not itchy flats in your pictures. How do you find those in the colors and size dry patches on skin not itchy you need at a reasonable price? The only ones I have found that are cheap scrub dry patches on skin not itchy my heels and have no padding. I would love to know whether you spend more on dry patches on skin not itchy shoes or not. I wear shoes until they fall apart, which means it is probably ok for me to spend dry patches on skin not itchy a lot and get the best quality, but I still hate investing so much in something like dry patches on skin not itchy that. I have also been looking for a good place to dry patches on skin not itchy buy some nice pants. Your pants look nice and I would love to know dry patches on skin not itchy what brand you stick with at khol’s for all of your pants needs. Thanks!!

LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOVEEEE your blog! My husband and I are on our own frugal journey dry patches on skin not itchy towards financial freedom. We were struggling in NH bearly keeping our head above dry patches on skin not itchy water. Early 2015 we arrive at the conclusion that we were dry patches on skin not itchy actually in fact DROWNING in our bills. We budgeted every single penny but never seemed to move dry patches on skin not itchy up. A paycheck would come in and we would STILL have dry patches on skin not itchy a negative amount in our bank account (celebrating “yaaa we are only -$75 now instead of almost -$400” is bittersweet). Finally in april of 2015, his parents graciously offered us a room in their house dry patches on skin not itchy in washington state rent and utilities (and food too) FREE of charge! My husband instantly got a job and his parents payed dry patches on skin not itchy for his cross country flight in june. I sold or gave away about 90% of what we owned. July 5th, 2015, I packed up my TINY toyota yaris with all our dry patches on skin not itchy earthly belongings, a cage of ferrets in back and a borrowed teenager dry patches on skin not itchy in the front (apparently it STILL bothers people that a grown woman would dry patches on skin not itchy be traveling by herself so I HAD to bring a dry patches on skin not itchy companion). We left NH at 5 am and traveled for a dry patches on skin not itchy week to get to the tacoma, WA area. It has been an adventure living in just one small dry patches on skin not itchy room and sharing the rest of the house with his dry patches on skin not itchy parents but we have been able to do GREAT things!!!! One of the great things to come for us is dry patches on skin not itchy this very challenge!!! I recently became aware of the idea of a “capsule wardrobe”. With a little bit of change I was able to dry patches on skin not itchy improve my style with the idea that less is more. I have a closet with 20 mix and match pieces dry patches on skin not itchy (not including base wardrobe ie… outdoor clothes, work out clothes, under garments and lounge clothes that total about 15 pieces). I have found this to be very freeing. Not only am I utilizing ALL of my wardrobe but dry patches on skin not itchy I was able to create a style all my own dry patches on skin not itchy for the first time in my life!! Now I want to take this challenge so I can dry patches on skin not itchy implement the things I have!!! Did you have to stock up on a few things dry patches on skin not itchy before starting this challenge like undies or the like or dry patches on skin not itchy were you just good to go? Did you find there were things you missed? I would love to hear more about this idea! Thank you for the inspiration and your continued dedication to dry patches on skin not itchy the art of frugality!!!!

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