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Yikes! At least I don't spend this much!

July 14th, 2006 at 05:35 am

I was googling around, looking up clothing budget suggestions to try and figure out what is reasonable for us. I came across this thread in the forum at Lucky magazine, which admittedly is all about shopping.


The amounts discussed are astounding, even to me. Only one person admitted to spending less than $500 a year. One person mentioned $7000! One entry, in particular, blew me away.

"Being a grad student, I think that I have been spending probably $1200-$1500 a year. The reasons for this are due to my budget, lack of closet space, and also because I don't need very many things - I can dress casually most days. However, I anticipate that once I complete my degree and enter the working world, my budget will go up more in the first year because I will be buying better quality clothing for work, plus I'll have the salary to match (hopefully closet size will increase too)."

When I was a grad student, I was working 3 part-time jobs, borrowing money left and right just to survive, and living in a pretty disgusting apartment, complete with raccoons living in the wall! Who ARE these people?

6 Responses to “Yikes! At least I don't spend this much!”

  1. princessperky Says:

    Wow, I can't imagine what I would do with all that money in clothes...

  2. retire@50 Says:

    I agree. I always find it totally amazing to hear what some people consider 'reasonable' for food, clothing and entertainment.

  3. sakigt Says:

    $1500 a year? I wish!

  4. miclason Says:

    LOL! I recently redid our budget to include clothing for Ale and I and, I budgeted $200/year for both of us (mostly for Ale, because she's growing...I'm only growing sideways, and I shouldn't be!)...and even THAT seemed very high to me!!
    Now that I think about it, back when I was married, I was spending about $800 a year in clothes just for myself (we liked to splurge and, DH was a fashionista, no way HIS wife was going in outdated styles!...but then, our life together was so empty, we definetely needed SOMETHING to fill it!)

  5. elgin526 Says:

    I work in an office and I spend *maybe* $700 a year on clothes, I think it's less but I'd have to go and add it up so I'll use a higher number. I buy clasic style clothes that I can wear all year round and for several years, not the latest thing off the run-way that's "out" two months after I bought it. Even my evening gowns (I attend several black tie affairs each year) I re-wear (not to mention buying them off the clearance rack!). I buy quality clothing that can hold up for years, and pay full price for nothing. I also am not a shoe fiend. I own, including dress shoes and summer sandles, 6 pairs.

    DH works as a printing press operator and needs no clothes for work at all, other than steel toe work boots so he spends maybe $200 a year on clothes, and that's just to replace stuff that's worn out (socks, jeans, t-shirts and such).

  6. jodi_m Says:

    I budget $20 per month for clothes - but then again, I buy everything used (except for undergarments and swimsuits). If there are certain items I need, I'll put them on a birthday or Christmas list. I can't make myself fork over retail prices for clothes, especially when my taste in clothes changes all the time! it's baffling what people spend...

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