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Almost a year in, Liadán Hynes hasn’t bought any clothes, but facing her finances proved more problematic

In the latest instalment of her column pledging not to buy clothes, the reformed shopaholic takes a reluctant look at what really matters — money

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‘I’m a self-employed single mother, so finances are a thing. I gave up buying clothes. I purchased two garden chairs. I used them every day. I was ridiculously smug,’ says Liadán Hynes, pictured above with her daughter, Sarah

‘I’m a self-employed single mother, so finances are a thing. I gave up buying clothes. I purchased two garden chairs. I used them every day. I was ridiculously smug,’ says Liadán Hynes, pictured above with her daughter, Sarah

‘I was meeting my costs every month, but beyond that, I was going nowhere near my finances,’ says Liadán Hynes

‘I was meeting my costs every month, but beyond that, I was going nowhere near my finances,’ says Liadán Hynes

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‘I’m a self-employed single mother, so finances are a thing. I gave up buying clothes. I purchased two garden chairs. I used them every day. I was ridiculously smug,’ says Liadán Hynes, pictured above with her daughter, Sarah

“What do you think of this lamp?” I text a friend, sending her a picture of a rather complicated creation. She responds with a tactful “mmmmhmmmm… D’you buy it?”

No,” I reply. “I went home and wrote a column about a woman who gave up buying clothes for a year but then realised she had switched her mindless spending habits from clothes she doesn’t need to stuff for the house she doesn’t need.”


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