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Carolyn Keep

Oh, I'll show you the money...

I have a few friends demanding I update them on the state of my finances and not just show them a constant flow of outfit changes...*CRINGE*

I am up to day 75, have still not worn the same outfit combination twice and they are suspicious (fair enough.) NO – I have not purchased any new clothes, NO – I have not cheated. I have just shopped in excess for the last few years and now have a wardrobe big enough to clothe 5 girls, not just 1! Plain and simple and stupid.

 I started FASHIONISTAFAIL in debt; I began crawling out of debt, but then, after a near arrest for not paying fines (that was the opposite of a ‘great day’) I had to not only start again, but take a step back to move forward...

I’m touchy about this part of my journey, perhaps even a little defensive, as I truly feel like although I try, I will never get my shit together. It’s incredibly frustrating, and all I can do is get frustrated at myself as it’s my own fault that I find myself in this predicament, which pisses me off even further!

The state of play as of this second goes like this:

  • I am so close to being debt free I can smell it, and it smells like roses.
  • For the last 3 months I have been paying things off – people, loans etc which means that although I can’t save yet, I will be jumping onboard the savings train shortly.
  • The next 3 months will be saving and I am hoping that by the end of 2014 I will have $3,000.00 saved to put towards my FASHIONISTAFAIL travels in 2015.
  • From there, things can only go up (and by ‘things’ I mean my bank balance)

In other financial news...I need to cough up for a new pair of trainers. I can’t run or do Body Attack in the ones I have anymore as they kill my calves and my feet. I have had them for 3 years now, so I am WELL overdue a new pair (plus they stink.) I am telling you this so you know that I AM buying something in the next 4 weeks (Please refer to ‘The 10 Commitments” regarding this purchase, it’s totes allowed...)

I appreciate the care that you have for me and this quest of mine to see the world – I think it is so awesome that you are holding me accountable to my goals (even if at the time of interrogation it's a tad annoying.) Believe me, I have on many an occasion in the last 3 months snuck across the road during a lunch break, peeked into my favourite clothing stores and just wished I could buy everything in there, but alas, I must be an adult and 'act my age' from time to time which means I am required instead to 1) pay off debt and 2) get to saving for my trip. Two things, that when completed, will help me sleep better at night (and anyone who knows me knows I love my sleep...)

If I was as good at saving money as I am at sleeping, I would quite possibly own a country of my own by now and you would all be more than welcome to come and stay whenever you like, but alas…all I have to currently offer you is a fold out couch.

May you have the sweetest dreams,

Caro x

Posted: Wednesday 17 September 2014


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