I am a shopaholic.
I like to spend my money. Quickly. I get paid, and immediately some
part of it is spent on one of the following (or a combination of them):
When I am in a mall, I usually walk out buying something for myself.
Sometimes it’s on an expensive item, such as a $100+ angora sweater
from plen+y (my favourite store) or a $200 pair of Earl Jeans. Usually
it’s on a sale item. One of those “it’s such a good deal that it would
be a shame not to buy it” items. Y’know what I’m talking about. The $20
shoes at Joneve, the $15 Chinese Laundry purse at Satchel, etc.
All of this leads to me being close to broke. A situation I’m not proud
or happy to be in. What’s the point of working if all I have to show
for it as a rack of clothes and a handful of new makeup?
So this year, I’m making a real effort to curb my spending habit. First, I’m
avoiding malls as much as I can, unless I need to get something for my
mother. Then it’s just a quick run – in and out. Next, I’m only allowing
myself to carry as much as I need to buy whatever it is, so I can’t
afford more than that. Another strategy I’m using is,…when I’m looking at a new (fill in the blank)
ask myself “Do I really need this?” and usually the answer is “no.”
Finally, if I have nothing to do and some time to kill, I’m
visiting friends rather than window shopping. If my friends are busy, I
go/stay home. Conversely, it’s comforting to know world also isn’t
mocking me either. For instance, fashion these days doesn’t appeal to
me, (Maybe it’s the excessiveness in fashion today. I grew up in the
90s, an era known for its minimalism.) so I’m not tempted to get the
newest whatever. Also, stores all seem to carry the same styles with
slight variations between them, such as the cropped jackets and ruffled
mini-skirts. Nothing original about them.
It’s been going pretty well so far. I’ve only slipped once this month,
buying myself two $5 shirts and two $11 sweaters at the sidewalk sales.
Otherwise, I’m holding myself up pretty well. Not shopping. Not even
tempted to go.
However, today’s been extra hard. It’s my day off and I’ve got nothing
to do. I feel the itch to grab my keys and head over to Chapters to
check out the latest books on sale, available in paperback and new
releases. The money in my purse seems to be beckoning me to go spend
it. I’ve tried all the distractions, from reading (I’ve gone through
over half of my Lemony Snicket books and finished off The DaVinci
Code.) to watching tv, from trying on all my favourite clothes to
updating Xanga, from phoning my friends to chitchatting on MSN. Still I
can’t shake this urge.
I am Becky Bloomwood.
Who knows if today I’ll break down… wish me luck. I’ll need it.