Apr 4, 2009

Shop Till You Drop: My Shopping Addiction

I was a bad girl yesterday. The worst thing is that I chose to go to Lensecrafters for my eye exam instead of my normal place because I don't have vision insurance and their exams were cheaper. Of course, Lensecrafters is in the mall.

I stopped in Macy's just to see if they had anything new. Sometimes I like to try things on and not buy them. But then I fell in love with a pair of designer jeans and all went to shit from there.

Granted, I just found out I saved an extra $10k last year (I saved half my income for taxes, but I'm only going to end up owing part of that) so I wanted to reward myself. I found these jeans and a really nice top from Velvet Brand that I was in love with. $300 right there. But last year I made the decision that if I was going to splurge on something, it has to be something I'll wear for years to come. I know how I work. I used to buy lots of things on sale that I didn't really like, and wear them once or twice. I'd have a lot of clothes and nothing to wear. As an adult, I'm tired of that syndrome.

So I do spend a lot on my clothes. I probably shouldn't. I don't really need more clothes. But I got a little fatter and my clothes aren't fitting as well as I'd like them to. And it's spring/summer and I like buying things because it makes me feel secure. (The truth comes out.)



When I went to make my 2-item purchase the sales lady was SO ANNOYING and pressured me into signing up for a Macy's account. I didn't want to, but she wouldn't shut up so finally I agreed so I could leave. (This was the same lady who spent about 7 minutes complaining about the color name's on clothes when she was helping the customer before me in a longish line.) So I signed up for a Macy's account. This way I could avoid all salespeople asking me to sign up in the future. And that would be a good thing.

The second I sign up she says "you get 15% off any purchase today and tomorrow. Go to the cosmetics counter first!" -- like I was going to buy more clothes because I got a whopping 15% off. But... then I thought about things I wanted to buy. Like a new pair of shoes. For spring. Sandals. Something cute. To go with my new designer jeans. My closed-toe winter Nine West heels weren't quite working for me. And they are getting kind of grungey. So I went to the shoe department. And spent another $100 on shoes. Damage thus far: $400 + 15% back when the bill comes. Whoppie.

At that point I knew I had to leave the store before I spent all the money I saved last year. I made one final stop at Express, where I had planned to pick up a slew of tank tops (which are way cheaper than anything I'd buy at Macy's) that were on sale. I ended up buying about 10 shirts. But - hear me out - 6 of them were "bra tanks" which I need - I realize I more often wear camisoles with sweater jackets than anything else. Then there were some other cute tank tops on sale (buy one get one 50% off) and - being as they were all SO MUCH CHEAPER than what I had previously bought at Macy's I couldn't help myself.

I'm starting to think I should rename my blog "Confessions of a Shopaholic."

Shopping gives me great pleasure. I don't take lavish vacations. I left my studio apartment to live with two other girls and my rent is $600 a month (not bad for northern cali.) So I feel like I deserve some of this shopping pleasure. I work at a place I can dress casual everyday, so I feel a little more justified spending money on my nicer scrubs (aka designer jeans) -- it's not like I can only wear them on weekends.

That said, I'm making a grande effort today to get rid of shit. Yes, all of those clothes I bought on sale years ago that I have trouble giving away... even though I never wear them. It's kind of like a stock loss though, it's only a paper loss until it's gone. I could one day wear them again and fall in love with the garments. But, no, that won't happen. So they're going to charity. For real.

Before you all start hating on my $600 clothing splurge, remember I did save $10k last year. And... so I am a shopaholic, but I also am a save-a-holic. I'm just trying to balance the two out. Meanwhile, the cost of grad school or buying a house seems to be SO BIG that I can't image ever paying for either. Clothes, even $200 designer jeans, are so much more obtainable. I should know. They're in my closet.



7 comments:

Fabulously Broke said...

Oh honey. Been there, done that and got chewed out for it many times by people on my blog for shopping.

"You have debt and you spent $600 on CLOTHES? WTF ARE YOU THINKING GIRL? And you run a PF blog? are you stupid or WHAT!?"

F*ck you, I said. I hadn't bought clothes in a long time and I do it all at once instead of once every month $50, the way you do.

Here's one post here of my getting chewed out and another one here that is my favourite LOL.

I buy quality now too - I think you and I are the same in shopping personalities, I used to do the exact same thing.... and now I spend more, to buy quality.

Shop on.

Fabulously Broke said...

Oh and I think I know which blogger said that too (she posted Anonymously).. and now, f*ck her, I have more money and am in far better shape.. BWA HAHAHHAAH...

Fabulously Broke in the City

"Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver."

her every cent counts said...

@ fabulously broke: yea, I am sure some people will chew me out about this. But I chose to be honest about my spending. I'm also not in debt at this time (though I will be if I ever go to grad school or buy a house.) I currently have $30k in savings with no debt... I feel like I can splurge every once in a while. I prob should travel instead of buy more clothes, but whatever.

Stephanie said...

Everyone has their thing. People have chewed me out for the weirdest things on my blog - even building up an emergency fund doesn't live up to the lofty goals of the peanut gallery, sometimes. We all know the saying about opinions...

I'm glad no one has come to chew you out yet. It's your money, it's meant for living, either now or later. And I'd say you're doing both - living a bit now, and you've got plenty set aside for later. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

As a guy who hates shopping, yeah, I have to
ask.....HOW exactly does one spend $200 on a
pair of jeans? OK, it's what you like, don't feel
guilty, but my advice is to avoid the mall like
the plague :)

her every cent counts said...

How can one spend $200 on a pair of jeans? When you aren't built like a model, it's hard to find jeans that fit right. So I found a pair that I love, at least for now. The tag is still on them, and I may decide to return them.

Hot Money Mess said...

TO ANONYMOUS

Ms Cent is right...it is IMPOSSIBLE to find flattering jeans on the cheap. Guys can just wear their baggy ugly jeans...but girls like to look and feel good in their clothes. (I guess I shouldn't speak for everyone...but I know the difference between my Blue Cult and my Gap jeans)

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