- A minimum of 4 pair of kids shoes. More if they need new soccer cleats, & I don't have the correct size from my sister. Her kids play single season soccer, and don't wear them out as much as my kids do. As a result, I have about 4 pair of bigger season cleats at the ready. Expected cost = $150
- Slippers for me. Our house has no carpeting, & I've really missed slippers during this cold snap. Of course, as soon as I buy them, it will get warm again, & I'll wonder why I have them. ;-) Expected cost = $10
- Running shoes for me. Expected cost = $75
- Running shoes for M. Expected cost = $75
- Replacement workout outfits (M + me). We wear things a lot, and although we hand dry, we typically have to replace 1-2 items each/year (sports bras, running shorts, etc). Expected cost = $150
- Kids clothing, miscellaneous. I've not bought the kids much of anything, as they have lots of sports shorts (the only thing they will really wear), dry fit tshirts, etc. They each have one pair of jeans, a couple of pair of pajamas (mostly for trips to Oregon) & a couple of jackets. However, I'll add $200 just in case.
- Socks, all. With the working out & kids feet growing, we tend to need to replace socks with some frequency. Expected cost = $40
- Shoe repairs, me. I need to have my Frye boots reheeled. Expected cost = $25
- Random things for M. He's a bit less diligent in his clothing purchases, and tends to pick things up at Costco that strike his fancy. I'll just build that into the budget, and be happily surprised if it doesn't happen this year. :-) Expected cost = $250
Total expected/planned for spend = $775. This still leaves us a huge amount of wiggle room. As a result, I'm going to further lower our clothing budget for 2017 to $1500, shaving another $200 off of what I'd originally planned.
I'm also going to track our clothing purchases for the year. Similar to my 2016 grocery challenge of tracking our purchases, it's very helpful to understand where the money is actually going. Right now I noted when I've spent within a category, but don't track what the item was, which can make it difficult to break the spending down further at a later time. Did we spend it all on kids shoes, or was it splurges from me on a fun new sweater that's really crushing the budget? 2017 will be a year where we'll hopefully learn this!
What about you? How do you plan your budget categories? Do you review your spending after the year is over & look for modifications for the next year? How do you plan for any clothing/shoe purchases?