I’d like to preface this blog post by saying that this is not a book review although I do love the book and the movie.
Below is a list of my confessions and things I’ve realized about my shopping habits in no particular order. There is no purpose to this post and it’s not a promise that I’ll change my habits. I wrote this as a self-reflection and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to share. Who knows? Maybe I’ll be preaching to the choir.
1. The boxes are everywhere
How many of you receive so many packages that you can’t keep up with breaking down the boxes and recycling? I’m totally guilty of this.
My personal favorite is when I tell myself that said boxes are for ‘future’ closet sales.
2. Putting things away and staying organized
I try things on. Lots of things for my blog posts, for work and going out. Sometimes I get really lazy and I don’t put things away.
It starts by putting my things here and there and before I know it my things overtake every room in our condo.
Recognizing that I have all of this stuff really hits home whenever I’m forced to put away my things for visitors because I have an image to maintain of being neat and organized.
3. Forgetting something that you ‘loved’
I buy a lot of new things I LOVE. Then I discover things that I LOVED and I’m always reminded that I have perfectly nice clothes that are already in my closet.
How many things are in your closet with the tags still attached? Trying shopping your closet and you’ll be surprised at what you find.
4. Forgetting what you bought
This goes hand in hand with #3.
Sometimes I order so much that I have to keep a list to remind myself of what’s coming, when it’s coming and where I’ve sent it.
5. Your mailman/delivery person knows you by name
I have one concierge in our building that gets annoyed with getting my packages for me after I get home from work. At work the mail room guy makes snide comments. I’m very sensitive and don’t want to bother one or the other overly much so I alternate between sending packages to our place, at work and occasionally to my parents. My packages have been known to precede my arrival when I see my folks.
6. Not enough hangers
I’m sure it’s transparent from my Pinterest board that I buy a lot of things for myself but I used to buy a lot of stuff for my fiance. I bought him so many shirts (mostly from Banana Republic) that we went out and purchased three (or maybe it was four) 35 pack boxes of slimline hangers from Costco. I mean how much stuff can one person buy? He told me that he doesn’t need anything but out of habit I occasionally still ask him if he wants anything when I receive the latest BR promo code.
And we haven’t even begun to talk about my side of the closet…
7. Justifying your purchases
I always wanted [insert item on your wish list].
Try thinking about a purchase before your wish list just turns into a rolling shopping list or moving target.
8. Shopping when you’re bored
Ever go shopping for lack of anything better to do? Do you catch yourself considering an article of clothing you don’t really love because it’s on sale? Put it back.
9. Shopping after a difficult day
The biggest disservice that you can do to your wallet is to go shopping after a trying day. Try talking to a friend or family member instead or go do something you enjoy to take your mind off.
Buying something ‘nice’ because you deserve it usually results in huge credit card bills and the high wears off pretty quickly leaving you with buyer’s remorse and/or time consuming returns.
10. Shopping withdrawal
Some people go on a shopping hiatus. However, have you ever noticed that when you deprive yourself you end up being even more miserable followed by binge shopping?
Just remember- it’s perfectly okay to go window shopping and not buy anything. You CAN control what you buy and don’t buy. All the money you could save from not shopping can be used towards more important things like saving up for retirement.
11. Closet sales
I mentioned this in #1. Sadly this was the reason why I started my blog.
Think about how much time it takes to post a picture (or pictures), write a description, engage with a serious buyer, pack and ship, go to the post office and wait in line. It’s really time consuming right?
Now think about how much you originally paid for that item you’re trying to sell. Is it really worth all the effort?
Closet sales are full of things you maybe shouldn’t have purchased in the first place. If you really loved something you wouldn’t be turning around and trying to sell it.
12. Hiding purchases from your loved ones
This goes hand in hand with #4 for me.
I’ve caught myself sending packages to work or my parents’ place because I wanted something ‘new’ but I know my husband would be disappointed if he knew that I bought yet another thing.
I kid myself when I tell myself he won’t notice. Men are not 100% oblivious.
13. You need to use that promo code or the sale is too good to pass up!
Really? It’s okay if you don’t use the promo code. Share it with a friend.
That amazing sale isn’t worth checking out if you don’t need anything from [insert your favorite store here].
14. I want what she has
It looks so good on [insert name(s) here]. Grabby hands. Sometimes jealousy ensues. Okay I get it because we all get a little green with envy when someone has the latest thing.
The key thing to note when making any purchase is that it should be something YOU want and need and not what other people have.
Think of all the times when something looks so good online. Now think of when you saw said item in real life and you had to pat yourself on the back for not jumping the gun and buying it right away. You deserve more pats on the back.
Practice self-control. Step away from the computer.
Time is money. Gas prices are ridiculous. Enough said.
Returns are a double-edged sword. You return one thing in store and end up walking out with two new things.
Save yourself an unnecessary trip to the mall and further temptation.