One of the best things about being a stay at home dad/blogger is I can spend the day in my boxers if I want to. It’s a bit cold for that right now, but maybe I’ll try it this summer just so I can say I did it. I’m sure Baby RB40 can support me by just wearing diapers for the day. Hahahaha. 😀
Seriously now, my clothing budget went way down after I quit my job. I was an engineer at Intel and the only time I wore a suit to the office was when I interviewed back in 1996. Most engineers don’t care much about fashion and every day is pretty much casual Friday. I usually wore a polo shirt and a pair of jeans to work so my clothing budget wasn’t that high to begin with. At least, I tried to avoid looking like a major slob and wore clothes in good condition. Now that I’m not working in an office anymore, I can wear out some clothing.
2013 No Spend Challenge
Can I go a whole year without buying clothes for myself? Let’s go back to 2012…. Maybe it’s just me, but I suspect this is true for all guys. I ripped 3 pairs of boxers over the last few months. This particular batch is at least 5 years old and they were quite threadbare. So we decided to go after Christmas shopping at the Outlet mall. I got 5 pairs of boxers and spent $21. These should last me another 5+ years. We went to Banana Republic, Gap, Columbia, Adidas, and a bunch of female fashion stores (for the missus) and nothing was enticing enough for me to part with my cash allowance.
So now I wonder if I could go a whole year without buying clothes! I don’t think I have ever done that before. I’m pretty sure I’ve purchased clothing every year ever since high school. My closet if full of shirts, jeans, shorts, and jackets. I’m pretty sure I can stop buying clothes for at least a year or maybe even 2-3 years.
Oops. I almost forgot that I purchased a pair of waterproof shoes from the Merrell outlet store for $55. I needed these to work on the drainage problem at the 4-plex. They’ll come in handy for the Portland rainy season as well and should last many years. I also have 2 pair of tennis shoes and quite a few brown shoes so I don’t think I’ll need to buy any more shoes for a while.
Oh yeah, talking about engineers. What do you think is the worst fashion offense?
- Toe shoes
- Bare feet
- Flip flops
I usually wore a pair of Nike sneakers to work since Nike’s headquarters is local and all. I think flip flops should be banned from the office. Come on, this isn’t the beach.
Since I already got new boxers before 2013, I think I’m good on that front for a while. I also have plenty of socks at the moment, but they are wearing down. Hopefully they will last the year. Guys, do you replace your underclothing before they rip? My theory is: we wear them until they disintegrate. Mrs. RB40 thinks it’s just me. Let me know if she’s right.
Too many clothes
I’m blogging in bed today and I’m looking into my closet right now. I have a ton of clothes. There must be over 100 items in the closet. All of these items have been accumulating for years and it’s time to wear them down. So there will be no more new clothes for a while and I think I’ll be fine with this challenge. I’ll add it to my 2013 New Year’s resolutions.
How about you? Can you go a year without buying new clothes? How many items do you have in your closet? Guys, don’t forget to answer the question above.
Aloysa @My Broken Coin spent $8,676 on clothing and accessories in 2012. Can she keep her promise to not shop in 2013?
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