Monday, April 8, 2013
THE HIGH COST OF BARGAINS
Are you a serial shopper like me? Shopping is basically my hobby as well as a stress reliever. I differentiate between buying and shopping. I am a person who can spend 8 hours looking around, come home with nothing and still have had a fun and worthwhile day. How is this possible you ask? I love clothes, handbags, jewelry, makeup, shoes and pretty much anything and everything you find in a department store or boutique. While looking and trying items on I get ideas for what I want to buy or new ways to wear clothing and accessories I already own. Seems pretty harmless doesn't it? The danger in this for me comes when I find an amazing sale and can talk myself into something because it is such a good deal. Those items often are worn once. They then either take up space in my closet or are donated immediately because they are not flattering due to color/size/style and often a combination of all 3. When you actually begin to add up the $20.00 blouses, the $30.00 sweaters etc over a period of time I/we can end up wasting ALOT of money. I have made a promise to myself I will no longer do this. I plan to begin a shopping list of what I want, what I need and prioritize it. Right now on my list is a beautiful spring/summer handbag in a neutral color. I love Tory Burch bags and own 2; a leather cross body and a nylon tote. Individually these bags cost more than I had spent in the past on handbags. That said, I have owned each for over a year and love and appreciate them more every time I use one. Can I say that for the bargain faux leather bags sitting on my closet shelf??? Big NO to that question. Last weekend while out looking at new spring merchandise in stores I purchased a pretty summer dress to wear on Easter Sunday. Unfortunately the temperature on Easter was 25 degrees and a lightweight summer dress was not warm enough nor did it look appropriate under my winter coat. I am fortunate enough to work in a university setting where I get the summers off. Therefore I do not need a lot of work appropriate spring and summer clothing. The dress was returned on Monday and my bank acct was quite a bit richer for this good decision. I believe the lesson I learned from this is not to even go into stores that do not carry quality clothing. I will not be tempted to buy items based on price. I will carry a list with me of my needs and wants and to learn a bit of self control. I think in the long run reminding myself that having less quantity but better quality clothing that flatters me, works with items I already own and that I feel good in is a wise decision. What are your thoughts on this?