Today I decided to take a picture of my Black Milk Clothing collection that has been growing quite a bit since my first purchase in August.
I’ve had a lot of people ask me “how can you afford that?” or “why do you spend that much on clothing?” The answer to that is kind of simple: I don’t spend my money on anything else. I don’t go out, I avoid going to the mall and spending money at Forever 21 and places like that. Instead I plan all my purchases online and end up putting my money towards the things I KNOW I want that may cost more, rather than things I like only because they’re cheap.
This time last year I was earning around the same amount I am now with my part-time job. My bills and expenses have not changed, yet these days I’m saving more and buying more expensive things. The picture in this post is a big difference between now and then. Now, I can look at my closet and see EXACTLY where my money has gone. I spent more money last year than I am now and I have nothing to show for it. Investing in those expensive pieces these days really helps me visualize and appreciate my purchases since I did have to work and plan in order to have them in my life.
I’m only 21. So many people my age I see are trying to act like they’re ten years older and are saving for houses or worrying about job security (before even having graduated) and I just think…why? This is the only time in my life when I won’t be tied down by family or work and can dress without any rules or dress codes, so I’m going to enjoy it. I have the rest of my life to work to pay off a mortgage or take care of my family, why worry about that now? Realistically, I only have seven – nine years left before it’s time to settle down, so I’m going to be crazy now while I still can.
I have over $5500 in savings and RRSPs in the bank, zero credit card debt, I pay for tuition and living, and yet I have a decent collection of leggings and shoes. This is just a testament of me knowing where my money is going and not spending it frivolously on throwaway items that will nickel and dime me to death.
A friend once said “the money you spend on leggings is probably worth it considering all the compliments you get.” That’s probably a good reason for me to just keep doing what I’m doing. I love dressing the way I do, and if that requires me to say good bye to cheap, impulse buys I’m fine with that. Just enjoy your life and spend your money on things you know you’ll love. It’s far more satisfying than a bunch of zeros in your bank account.