The recession may be officially over, but not for us. We are technically a one-income family relying on my husband’s earnings, while I take care of the two young children with one on the way. I won’t get into all the details, but we live in our own home that is unfinished and currently has no heat or air conditioning, one family vehicle, are in the middle of suing someone who hit a previous family car of ours in a hit and run that was financially devastating to us, and can’t always pay our bills on time. We’ve even received past assistance. We are considered to be below the poverty line. We buy everything used and get things free where we can, but sometimes even necessities can be hard to come by– like clothes.
Ever been to the mall and saw all the people passing you by, carefree, with multiple shopping bags in their hands, and envy them? And you can tell by the way they are dressed and coiffed that they were there for the fun of it– not like they really needed any extra clothes or anything. With a few things on my financial horizon that could potentially save my family from our current state, it’s easy to fantasize about what life could be like for me soon. I would love to take a day… or two… or three… or however many it takes, go to my favorite local mall, and shop from one end to the other, hitting all the clothing stores to get my family the stuff they need. Just imagine, my toddler could have pajamas! My husband could have clothing free of holes, and new socks that weren’t soot-stained from his job. The little things… no, the finer things, would finally be ours… and even then, if I had the money, I would still usually look at sales and savings first (it’s in my nature, what can I say) rather than just picking up the first thing I saw and liked.
Here’s the premise: I get up to one outfit (or less) per person in my family, per clothing store. I include pictures and totals. It’s just the fantasy of what I could do if I had the money and were free to spend the way it seems so many other “normal” people do– the mall goers, the holiday shoppers, the seemingly everyday Americans. It’s good therapy for what I can’t have right now, and it’s good practice for what I may eventually be capable of achieving in the near future. Won’t you join me?
Today’s trip: Sears.
Little Wonders White Bobby Socks Neutral Six Pack $5.98 size small
Gerber 2 Piece Thermal Racing PJs $6.29 (save 10%) size 24m
Wonder Kids Socks 10 pack Low Cut $6.99 size 6-11.5
Bobby Jack Monkey Sleeper PJs– “I Total: $14
Next Black Linen Maternity Trousers $34 size 14 long
FM Gifts T– 44th President Obama $19.95 size Medium
Blue Large 2 Button Cotton Henley $69.99 size Lg
Next Grey Cardigan $47 size XL
Diesel Deck Long Board Shorts (Swim) in Navy $100 size Medium
Family Total: $304.02
So as you can see, today’s trip to Sears really saw a splurge for my husband– but, he needs and deserves it. Those will be some really nice clothes the likes of which he hasn’t had in a long time. Plus, I start my layette for the new baby and keep the existing kids warm in some new cozy pajamas. Oh, and I got some much needed maternity wear– it’s so hard to fit into my normal pants these days. I’d say today was a success!