I set out my clothing spending plan for 2012 back in October. So far, all I’ve bought are two coats. (I’ve been a bit busy between vacationing and moving to go shopping much…)
In December, I bought a new rain jacket. My previous one was boxy-looking since it came from the kids’ section and I bought it in the spring of ’07, so it was about 4.5 years old and ready to be replaced. This one is fitted, has those awesome thumb hooks to keep your hands warmer, and just plain looks better. The color below isn’t of the jacket I bought, but this shows what the jacket looks like:
(No, that isn’t me in the photos :P) I’ve worn the jacket quite a few times, including on a two-hour walk while it was raining. It’s great! The jacket was on sale, so I paid $75 including tax, which isn’t bad.
In January, I bought another coat. I had gone to Nordstrom looking for something else and walked out with a scrunchy anorak from Bebe for $140 with taxes. I can’t find it anywhere online, so I took a picture of it (I apologize for the poor lighting – it is a little brighter than this):
You can scrunch/roll up the sleeves. The hood actually covers my hair and the front pockets are huge and AWESOME! I’m excited!
Now for the numbers/budget part:
The yellow coat was definitely within my $150 coats plan for the year at $140, but the first one wasn’t. I’ve amortized the overage amount over the remaining 11 months in the year (February through December) and I also estimated 3 years to save for a $200 new winter coat, so I have about $25/month being set aside for coats for the rest of the year.