Normally, as soon as I know my tax refund figures, I start planning a shopping spree. The once-a-year, big-budget, get-everything-you've-been-complaining-about sort of shopping trip. Normally, February or March.
So... what to do this year?
Do I spend my full budget on clothes that could very well not fit me by the end of the year?
Do I wait, save the money with the promise of a big 'ole spree after I've lost enough to go down a whole size? I certainly don't have much that will fit me if I lose more than 15lbs.
Do I buy now, always a size smaller, as incentive? This worked with a special outfit I bought in 2005. But for a dozens of articles? Will they even look good on me at a smaller size? And which size will I be?
Do I just spend all my money on things that won't be affected, like shoes, or fabric to make my own clothes later in the year?
Oh, I got it! I'm sure to have some friend in my intended size out there; maybe they'll have a really bad year and gain a bunch of weight and then we could swap wardrobes.... Wait, that would be so wrong.
I suppose I could just plan to sell good, larger clothing on ebay, though I'm not too comfortable with that process, and I would still be out some money on the deal. I already plan to donate the more worn items to goodwill. Any other advice/suggestions?
Have you faced this issue before? How did you handle it?