In an effort to make this blog less focused on me and more about my readers and the community of bloggers and blog readers, I wanted to take a break from all of the pretty things I normally post on the blog, have a little chat, and hear your thoughts.
Post-no shop Lent, I was left wanting to ravenously approach the mall and purchase things I have been lusting over. While I didn’t go completely overboard, I did make a few purchases that weren’t completely necessary. Over the last week, I bought 2 shirts (1 gingham and 1 peplum), 1 sweater (basic navy v-neck), 1 pair of jeans (white toothpick), a necklace (simple gold barrel chain) and 2 pairs of seriously marked-down shoes (nude flats and basic black pointed-toe pumps).
In total, I spent about $250, which may not seem like much to some (and really wasn’t out of my budget), but to me it felt a bit like I gave in to the materialistic beast and the adrenaline rush I feel when I get something new.
For me, it goes a little something like this: See something fabulous in store or on blog. Check price. Debate, debate, debate. Most of the time, do not purchase. Some of the time, do purchase, feel pang of guilt. Wear new item, feel happy…. until I see the next fabulous thing. Cycle repeats.
So it left me wondering, what provokes us to shop, and how are others left feeling after they make their purchases? Do we all feel a bit of materialism or regret when we shop, or am I the only one that thinks about the opportunity costs of shopping and likes to see the savings account continue to grow?
Will I ever be satisfied? Will I ever think, “Yes. My wardrobe is finally THERE. I don’t need anything else!” At this rate, the answer is, “Probably not.”
But I think I’d like to make a conscious effort to change that. To be happier with less, to be content with what I have. To make more intentional purchases when they’re really in the budget. While I know it is important to allow your wardrobe to evolve as your life evolves, I think I could make an effort to shop smarter, and then maybe I won’t feel guilt pangs when I do make a purchase, because I know it was planned, intentional, and not emotional. I spend about 6% of my take home pay (after taxes and 401k contributions) on clothing, and while I don’t think that is an unreasonable amount, maybe I can spend that 6% in a smarter manner.
So now I’d like to hear from you – feel free to comment anonymously today if you’d like. How much of your budget goes to clothing shopping? If you are young, do you feel like you can spend now and deal with repercussions later? What spurs you to shop, and how to do you feel when you do? I’d love to know!