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I dont have a lot of clothes as I'd never really bothered much with shopping before. I'm now starting to enjoy getting new clothes/bags/make up etc and would like to know how much you spend a month on these. I'm a sahm and DP has said we could set up an "allowance" if you like, of how much I have to spend on clothes for me and DS. So far he has suggested £200 a month, does this seem reasonable?
Sorry for rambling by the way, I'm rather enjoying my wine
I'm pretty skint so my budget for me is £50 a month, which goes quite a long way on ebay and in charity shops. I also occasionally splash out on something new but that's quite rare. I get things for DD as and when I see stuff I like for her but again to quite a tight budget.
I reckon that's what I spend on average on my own clothes/make-up, sometimes it is more if I have a big occasion to go to or am buying coat/boots for winter.
I have 2 DSs age 10 & 12 so and am noticing it getting more pricey to dress them as elder son is now in small mens clothes. They arent clothes mad so prob spend £80 per month on average buying bits and bobs for them (this excludes a big school uniform shop in August when I buying everything they need including warm winter jackets and trainers etc) They get any expensive sports type stuff they want as xmas or birthday pressies.
I feel fortunate to be able to spend that much (although I'm sure many MNs will spend a fair bit more : ))
DH and I both take £50 a week to spend as we please on clothes, books, music, meals out, etc. We call it our allowance. We automatically send £50 from the joint checking to these personal savings every week. This keeps us from bickering about personal spending.I do manage to find ways to expand this budget just a wee bit.
Anything to do with the kids does not come out of this pot. This is personal spending money.
I did think it sounded a bit much! It is to spend on household stuff aswell but I only really shop at places like H&M which are dead cheap anyway.
I do know I'm very lucky to have that money though. And it was my idea to have a set amount of money put aside cos im crap at money management so I thought at least if I go over set amount I wont be spending any more.
busybee I am loving the wine thankyou! Not so good combined with online shopping though!
parasaurolophus - we do exactly the same. Glad I'm not alone! I think it's important to have "unaccounted" money. Mine goes on clothes, make up, girls night out. We both agree, by negotiation, on some items that come out of the pot - we both need a winter coat for example so they're a necessity, not a luxury. DS's budget is out of the joint budget. DH has a full time job and I work half-time. (and we call it our pocket money!!)
..sorry didnt finish post about 40-80 a month more if its Next sale - I shop in awful shops not cost effective - I am trying to change this especially as we have a brilliant outlet village near me and some of the clothes are lovely quality
Joint account. The kids winter wardrobe stuff and school stuff will probably have cost me about 500 quid but that's them done until at least Christmas, I buy as and when i need it. £200pm sounds like alot but in reality Sept is expensive, Christmas is expensive and if we had an event to go to i could easily spend that. What will he do if you need coat and boots will you have to save your allowance until you have enough? Will he be flexible. Would hate to have an allowance, as someone else suggested a 0% card that you paid off with your 200 quid might make better sense.