A money-saving website I visit recently asked, “Could you go all of 2010 without buying any new clothes?”
Hmmm … well, yes, I don’t think that would be too difficult. I buy very little clothes now; I owe it to two things: one, it seems that once I had kids I kind of lost most of my interest in fashion since their clothes was so much cuter, and two, when you’re home all day it kind of takes away the incentive to buy new clothes to look cute in (that, plus the fact that when I was working I was 15 years younger and 15 pounds lighter).
As I read the responses, it seemed that many of the women out there agreed that they could go a year without new clothes. But what stood out to me was that almost all of them said they couldn’t go a year without buying new socks and underwear.
I’m wondering, why? How long do you keep socks?
I know this is veering dangerously close to TMI-land, but we all wear one pair of undies a day and one pair of socks, and then wash them, right? At that rate, I keep mine several years. I’m assuming most people don’t?
I remember in high school my sister and I watched an episode of Family Feud. One question was, “What’s the average life of a pair of socks?”
The answer: 6 months. My sister and I were stunned! At six months, we considered socks still new!
The other day I put on a pair of socks, fondly remember that a fellow teacher had given them to me as a gift when I worked at the preschool in Birmingham. In 1987. They are still fine!
So I guess I’m wondering, what is your criteria for getting rid of underwear and socks? Do they truly wear out? Do you just get tired of them? Do you automatically replace them all every 6 months or year? Do tell!
As a related frugal note, if you don’t have a Victoria’s Secret credit card, get one now. My sister clued me in to the fact that they send frequent (and I’m talking probably 5 times per year) coupons to their card holders for a totally free pair of underwear – no purchase necessary. I get so many that I’ve started getting the underwear for my daughter – I can’t keep up with all the free pairs!