There’s a fine line between treating yourself to a small indulgence you clearly deserve and indulging yourself without restraint. A trip to the shopsl to get a manicure can easily turn into a spa manicure plus pedicure followed by a few bangles and a new pair of shoes to show off your perfect tens. With your new found confidence, you slip into a smashing dress and spot a handbag to match your nail polish colour — how could you resist?
That’s why a firm budget and a will to match are paramount when it comes to treating yourself to the things you love, wisely. The trick is to spread your purchases over the month. Don’t blow your shopping allowance all in one go. You’re bound to spot an item you simply have to have, limited edition, on sale and only one left. Logically, we shlop it on credit and vow to take the amount out of next month’s allowance. But we never do, do we?
A great shopping tip:
Only buy something when it jumps out at you and really appeals to your personality.
Most of the times, when we binge shop, only one or two of the items become pieces we truly treasure. The rest are just list fillers.
So, make one week your spa week and rotate between hair, nail and body treatments and beauty product shops.
Week two is apparel week: rotate between buying something for work, something for play and something for holiday, sport or a special event.
Week three is accessories week, and sometimes, all you need to freshen up your wardrobe are a few accessories.
Week four is activity week. Get out of the shops and do something fun, get out of the city for lunch or try a new sport and if you simply can’t be bothered? Stash the cash for a just-in-caser.
Signs you’re squandering your cash:
- You sort of want it, but it doesn’t look that great, but it reminds you of that high fashion advertisement.
- If you say to the sales assistant “It’s so cute, I really love it but I’d never use it”. Walk away.
- It doesn’t really fit but you’ll loose the weight. Everyone knows, clothing that doesn’t fit falls into a very expensive black hole in your closet.
- The latest piece of technology is out, you really want it, but you know you can’t afford it. Good things come (and at better prices) to those who wait. Look for alternatives or on the second hand market if you must, just make sure it’s not stolen.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely believe in the mantra that ‘you get what you pay for’. High quality merchandise does come with its price. Just make sure it’s really you. Fashion for fashion sake looks misplaced and silly.
I also believe that one pair of jeans you’ll wear for a lifetime versus ten pairs of inferior jeans that will cease to exist in your collection one year on.
Just be sure, make the cash before you spend it and follow the golden rule of thumb: doubt means no.