So I decided to take on a 5-item Challenge for the months of January, February, and March. This challenge allows me to buy only 5 items for the next three months including accessories, but not including necessities like underwear and socks and items purchased with gift cards (thank goodness!). There is no price limit, but I obviously want to do the best I can in the savings department. This will hopefully cut down on my spending for the next three months while putting a lot of thought into my purchases focusing on needs vs. wants and paying close attention to the quality of items.Did I make it? Well, obviously from the title of this post, YES! There was one exception made, namely a pair of replacement pumps, but otherwise, I stuck to it. This is what I purchased for the last three months:
The five items:
1. Rich & Skinny Wax-Coated Legacy Jeggings in Red, $88.
2. Ann Taylor Silk Button Tab Long Sleeve Blouse in Bright Royal Blue, ~$71.
3. Matt Bernson Waverly Flats in Patrino, ~$132 with cashback.
4. Theory Gratilla S Trousers in Legal (Black/White) Houndstooth Fabric, $84.
|photo from Saks.com|
5. MICHAEL by Michael Kors Flex Mid Pump, $80.19 on sale and with cash back.
|Club Monaco Liz Flare Pant in Dune/Khaki and Alesia Silk Blouse in Almond.|
Final item purchased and not included in Challenge because it is a replacement for ruined pumps and not something "new", LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amelie Pumps, $85.55:
|Photo from Piperlime.|
The total for three months, not including the RL pumps is: $455.19, which comes out to approximately, $151.73/month. Not bad! It's quite a bit less than what I had been spending in months previous (including the RL pumps, the total for three months is: $540.74 or $180.25/month).
Overall, I'm very happy with my purchases. I have to admit, the challenge was difficult, especially in the beginning. Particularly as a blogger, it's easy to suffer from "consumerism". But as time went on, the challenge became a bit easier. I am already very picky about my purchases, but this challenge made me even more so. I tried extremely hard to purchases things that I would get a lot of use out of, and that were versatile. I didn't want to "waste" one of my items on something that I was only going to wear very rarely or was going to fall apart after one or two washes.
I highly recommend taking up this challenge at least once. You might not be successful, but it's the effort and the process that counts. And who knows? You might actually end up with only five items! I, for one, thought for sure I wasn't going to make it (although, my gift card exception certainly helped a bit). You can make up your own rules, but try not to change them mid-way otherwise you're cheating! :P
I haven't decided if I want to do this again for the the second quarter of the year. If I do, I think I will allow for accessory purchases under $15 to be excluded, but otherwise keep the rest of the rules the same.
Anyone tempted to take on this Five-item Challenge in the near future?
UPDATE: Michael Kors Flex Pumps returned after a shoe disaster, so in the end, I have one item left over!