CARLEIGHANN

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Too fat to shop....

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

When my son was 2 months old, I swore off maternity pants and went out to buy myself a pair of jeans I didn't have muffin-top in. I spent $70 on a fabulous pair of jeans from Ricki's and I may have worn them 6 out of 7 days a week! Not even a month and a half later, I felt a draft on the inside of one thigh. You guessed it! My thighs burned out my jeans and I could have cried. I'm not sure what sucked more---wasting my money or knowing that size 16 couldn't hold me in!

Instead of spending more money on clothes that, let's face it, are not in my desired size as my body is still not back down to my pre-baby weight, I decided to visit the Good Will and Value Village. The result--$26 and I managed to find 4 pairs of jeans in size 15-16---and they actually look great! It's been a boost to my self-esteem, not to mention my pocket book! 2 pairs from GAP, 1 pair from Old Navy and 1 pair of Calvin Kleins.

Being on maternity leave means I need to be more frugal with my spending---especially now that I was forced to replace my paid-off mazda when it started burning oil and am looking at 6 years of bi-weekly car payments again. :(

I've learned something interesting during this experience. As I begin to work toward my weigh-loss goals, I know now that I can still take pride in my appearance without having to put myself into debt on transitional jeans! Maybe other people can join in the savings, too!
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  • WENDY27
    Good job Car, you can still look great while you achieve your weight-loss goals. I know you can do this!!! Love ya!!! emoticon
    3065 days ago
  • HOLLYL7
    I love your reminder about taking pride in your appearance while working towards your weight loss goals =) We shouldn't put life on hold waiting for a magic number on the scale or size on our clothes!! With my husband on unemployment right now, I really need to embrace frugality in 2012, and will definately start checking out the thrift shops in the area emoticon
    3065 days ago
  • AIRLINN
    Good for you! :) Nothing wrong with shopping in stores like Goodwill either... you can find some really gorgeous stuff there if you know when and where to look. In fact, my whole wardrobe comes from Goodwill, lol. You can even find things that are of better quality than department store clothes! Best of all... the clothes are cheap, so you don't have to feel bad for spending a ton of money on things that you will only wear in passing. :)
    3065 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/4/2012 10:06:30 PM
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