how much do you spend on clothes each month?

(35 Posts)
nearlyfinisheduni Tue 24-Jun-14 09:09:24

I'm trying to budget and am in desperate need of new clothes however I know paying off debt is more important so thought if I had a small budget for a treat each month it might make it more bearable!

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Mon 30-Jun-14 23:19:27

I am currently paying just under £300 a month in loan repayments and credit card payments, and will be for about another two years. Some of it went on furniture but most of it is clothes. For me and for the dc's. I'm about five grand in debt. Dh would kill me if he knew. blush

proseccoco Mon 30-Jun-14 23:03:17

I have a £50 per month budget, but have gone over it and am on a spending ban until September grin job interview meant getting a couple of things, as did having v few clothes to start with - 2 pregnancies and dc in quick succession!
Love charity shops, eBay quality seems to be dire, and I always buy w a code/in the sale.
I will need some jumpers this winter, and would like a trench coat and a le pliage bag, but right now I have everything I need.

NorksAreMesssy Sun 29-Jun-14 07:47:35

Another charity shop / ebayer here.

I buy on eBay to the value of the money in my PayPal account...so if I have been good and sold stuff, then I can buy lots.
Charity shopping doesn't count as shopping in my head...it counts as giving money to charity.

So, not much real actual spending on clothes at all smile

LightastheBreeze Sun 29-Jun-14 07:45:38

Probably about £500 a year, I tend to buy in sales so spend more money at once than spread over a year.

It is very rarely stuff I need though, more stuff that I want grin

silkknickers Sun 29-Jun-14 07:37:58

artandco You're not planning to wear your newly purchased sandals and tights at the same time, are you???? smile

Purpleroxy Sat 28-Jun-14 12:06:17

It depends how much you like clothes really. I don't spend on clothes unless I need something I don't have or something that's worn out but I hate clothes! If you like clothes, you need to work out what you spent over the last few months on them as a guide for yourself. You can easily spend thousands on clothes.

OorWullie Sat 28-Jun-14 12:00:41

This month, I've spent about £100 on clothes for DS and I but we both really needed some proper summer clothes when it got hot, and I had some birthday money to spend.

Normally It's less than £15, sometimes nothing. DS usually needs at least one pair of trousers a month as he wears the knees out.

Artandco Sat 28-Jun-14 11:56:36

About £200 a month...

That's on all of us though. In the last month we brought:

Dh - x2 shirts - £65
Me - pair sandals - £45
Ds1 and 2 - new pants -£48
Me -tights -£20

We only really buy what we need though. But will buy quality over quantity. Ie my last sandals were 7 years old so needed replacing. Kids pants above were about £12 for 2 pairs of trunk style pants in organic cotton, and just replaced as they grew not because any problem with old stuff

I have a winter coat I spent £250 in 2000. Was expensive then but still looks like new now 14 years later and I can't see it ever needing replacing in the near future.

BackforGood Sat 28-Jun-14 11:44:05

Nothing, on a 'monthly' basis.
I'm another charity shop bargain hunter, so actually tend to pick something up when I happen to see it rather than waiting until I 'need' something. I also wear what suits me / I feel comfortable in and have no issues with wearing something that might not be from this year's "fashion" so don't feel the need to replace perfectly wearable things.

Last time I bought something was about 3 months ago, when I picked up 2 blouses / tops which were £2.95 each.... so, on recent history, about £2 a month.

Oly4 Sat 28-Jun-14 11:39:51

New things to wear.... Not we!

Oly4 Sat 28-Jun-14 11:38:42

Hello, yes I buy good quality. I don't care about designer but try to find things that will last a good few years and won't date. So, things like Jersey dresses and tops from the white company, pieces from the jaegar sale, winter costs from Hobbs that will last, cashmere cardigans from various places that I then try to look after as well as possible. I used to buy cheap but it never lasts and now I'm in a better financial position (thanks to dh's salary really), I try to go for good stuff. It hasn't always been this way and I'm very grateful for what we have. If I had no money again I'd probably buy cheap as I like having we things to wear!

gildedlily Fri 27-Jun-14 22:34:24

A quick calculation reveals I've averaged £25 a month this year. Didn't spend at all in the earlier part of the year but have bought new jeans, flip-flops, a handbag and a few h and m tops recently.

Openup41 Fri 27-Jun-14 22:18:45

So far this year I have bought;
A pair of shoes £20
A bag £15
A pair of jeans £14
A pair boots £35
Mac powder and concealer £36

Oly wow! Do you tend to go for quality over quantity?

The worst thing about having a small clothes budget is you either buy cheap like me or have to save for months to get something of quality.

Ragwort Fri 27-Jun-14 18:37:55

I totally agree with Sandthorn's comments, occasionally I venture onto the Style & Beauty thread (not sure why really grin) and am absolutely shocked at the amount of money spent on clothes and grooming shock - I loathe spending money on hair cuts but to some people £100 on a cut and restyle is almost 'essential spending'.

fourforksache Fri 27-Jun-14 17:35:59

zero, haven't had any new stuff for a couple of years. I did buy a nice scarf a while back though.

Oly4 Fri 27-Jun-14 17:28:28

Shed loads but it is my 'thing' after buying nice food. I have always loved clothes but am now lucky enough to be able to indulge that love. So, around £300 per month. It hasn't always been that way and I happily scrimp in other areas, such as not eating out so often and always having a drink and snack with me when going out with the dcs. Luckily they are young and don't ask for things in shops yet!

I budget £500 per year for clothes and find it shockingly easy to spend. So far I'm on track and have spent about £250 since January. I've bought one pair of sandals, a few maternity bras, some socks and a maternity swimming costume confused

deepbluetr Fri 27-Jun-14 08:06:22

I agree too with sandhorns comments.

I am self employed and work from home alone. I can work in my PJs if I like, so I don't have to spend money on work clothes.
I do spend money on my gym membership, of eating good food, on eating out and travel abroad.
I don't have a huge interest in clothes.

penguinplease Fri 27-Jun-14 07:58:26

A lot more than anyone has confessed on here tbh.
But I can afford to and I love clothes

silkknickers Fri 27-Jun-14 07:52:42

I think Sandthorn's second paragraph is spot on. Prioritise what is important to YOU and budget accordingly. I am similar to the rest of your posters in that I spend very little on clothes; however I do love eating out and so I set money aside each month for that.

Sandthorn Fri 27-Jun-14 07:44:58

Probably average about £15-20 per month for me: a new pair of shoes here, new knickers or socks there (life's too short for worn-out socks). Fortunately for me, I don't have to dress smartly for work, because most of my trousers literally have patches on the patches. I'm handy with a sewing machine, so things are pretty neatly mended, but still... I realise that would not do for lots of people!

I'm pretty sure your respondents here are a self-selecting subset of frugal clothes shoppers. Ask on the style and beauty boards and you'll get a rather different response. As with any budgeting decisions, you have to decide how to allow for the things that are important to you. For one person, it might be fancy food, for another, saving for a holiday, and if nice clothes are important to you, then do work them into your budget if you can.

careeristbitchnigel Thu 26-Jun-14 10:07:47

Nothing. Clothes get replaced when it is absolutely necessary (ie the old has been mended too many times and fallen apart) and then I will only ever buy something in the sale. I do, however, buy good quality clothes (Monsoon mainly) so they do tend to last a long time. I have work skirts still doing stirling service 5 years later.

LadySybilLikesCake Wed 25-Jun-14 19:39:51

If I see something nice (and in the sale/not too expensive) I'll buy it. I probably spend around £100 a year or less on a few things which will last so I don't have a monthly spend, if you know what I mean.

Openup41 Wed 25-Jun-14 19:35:24

Around £10-£20.

I do not have many summer clothes either.

Passthecake30 Tue 24-Jun-14 22:11:50

At a guess it would average around £50 with some months being nothing, probably have a splurge every season replacing bits n bobs costing £200 ish

As I'm 6ft I am restricted where I can shop so can't shop too cheaply

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