Great read on mindful spending by Cait Flanders – author of The Year is Less. After I saw a CBC Marketplace segment at the beginning of the year saying that the average Canadian bought 70 new items of clothes every year, I decided to track all my clothing purchases this year to see what I was actually buying. As of August 24th, I have purchased 16 items plus two pairs of shoes – one only cost $1.69 thanks to gift cards. Many of my clothing purchases happened after I realized not all of my summer clothes fit and I needed a few new dresses to wear to work. I am sure as we change seasons again, I may need a few new work pieces and maybe another pair of work flats since I no longer fit all my old shoes as I am now a size bigger. Based on the number of old clothes I have donated over the last few years, tracking my purchases has made me much more aware of what I am buying and is helping to simplify what I actually genuinely need.