How To Be a Smart Shopaholic
Have you ever gone shopping and seen something you simply couldn’t resist buying? Whether it was the perfect pair of shoes, a comfy sweater, a sparkly tee, or a giant hat you know you will probably never wear, there’s been some item in a store that you couldn’t walk away from.
Shopaholics, I’m talking to you. With so much incredible fashion, I always feel overwhelmed when I walk into my favorite stores because I immediately want everything and know that I’ll have to choose between items. I don’t shop every day or every week and I have to be smart about how much I spend based on my budget. I’m more of a shopaholic in the sense that as soon as I’m at the mall or a store, any store, from Target to the Dollar store, I have the strong urge, craving even, to buy something for the sake of buying it.
Do I need anything? No, not really. I know this, and yet, I want that chestnut colored turtleneck sweater so bad that I’m going to spend the rest of the night picturing all of the outfits I could have paired with it if I had only bought it. It’s not the most helpful addiction for my pocket, so I have to set boundaries and restrictions for myself. For example, I’ll tell myself you can buy only one or two items of clothing, but make sure they’re no more than $30 and that you want them more than anything in the world. If you can live without them, then they’re not worth it.
Here are some useful tips I use when the urge to buy something comes crawling into my head.
1. First of all, think about what you want to buy. For example, that fleece black jacket or those white Nike’s that you’ve been craving for months. That is your goal. Buy what you came to buy. Head first for the things you’ve been wanting to buy and then mingle and lose yourself in rows of tweed mini-skirts. If you don’t, you’ll lose sight of your purpose and stack up so much clothes in one hand that your arm will ache by the time you reach the dressing room.
2. Think about a budget. How much are you willing to spend? How much can you spend? Is that printed graphic design t-shirt really worth it when you could probably find it for cheaper somewhere else? Make a mental note on how much you can spend and how much you’re willing to spend. Be rational and smart, even if they do have that Michael Kors bag on sale at Marshalls.
3. Finally, think about if the piece you’re buying is worth it. Will you wear that cashmere sweater or those striped pants again? Can you mix and match it with other clothes? Is it a necessary statement piece or just something pretty, but isn’t really worth it in the long run? Analyze if it fits this criteria and if you’re not going to be haunted by it at night, then it’s probably not worth buying.
Listen to these three rules and you can never go wrong. You can be a shopaholic in the twentieth century, just be a financially smart one. As Dua Lipa said, I’ve got new rules I count them.