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Shopping is my bad boyfriend

This weekend I shopped. Hard. I didn’t plan on it. I got my tax refund and I had planned to put it away towards a new laptop. But a quick stop into H&M turned into a stop into numerous stores. A walk through the air conditioned mall yesterday turned into a new pair of shoes. A visit of someone else’s blog turned into an online purchase.

I’m not exactly thrilled at my lack of self-restraint. My entire life, I’ve viewed shopping as a fun event. My mom and I spent our quality time together at the mall. I still get all giddy when I go to the mall with her. Now it’s more about the giddiness of having something new.

When I unpacked all the stuff I made it home with and saw that there was NO more room in my closet, I realized something. Every morning I feel this slight panic when it’s time to choose my clothes for the day. I used to think it was because I had “nothing” to wear. Now I realize it’s because I have so many choices that it literally renders me unable to make a decision without second-guessing myself. I have officially become a consumer. {enter dramatic music}

So I’m making a deal with myself. In addition to listing more clothes in my online shop and ebay, I will not buy anything new until I wear at least 75% of the things in my closet once. And considering that my laptop still works (after 6 years!), I’m going to wait on a new one and put my money towards paying my credit card debt.

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  • Alicia May 7, 2010, 12:47 am

    That is the best decision you could have made. Credit card debt is the WORST thing to have. Luckily, it’s not a huge issue for you now, so nip it in the bud, get rid of it all and save the card for emergencies only!

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