Warning: Terrible advice ahead.
I have wanted to write this post for a while, but I wasn’t really sure how to do it. I kept writing and re-writing and the post kept ending with the same conclusion: Don’t stop shopping.
Which, is actually terrible advice! Shopping is great, but there are times when you need to save money, or you honestly don’t need anything, so where do we draw the line? I’m still finding my line, but I try to be very responsible with my habit. I never spend money I don’t have, and always have some leftover to save.
Shopping vs Saving?
A few months ago I was in a transition in my life and wasn’t sure what would happen or where I was going to end up, well, now. So, I needed to save money. The first step I took was to stop shopping. The challenge was ultimately save money in all aspects of my life. I shopped less all around, for beauty products, for food, for everything. No clothes, period. It was so hard, possibly more difficult than actually making a list for the grocery store and sticking to it.
When I figured out my next move, I jumped back on the shopping train and realized what was worse than not shopping was starting back up again. This dress was the first thing I bought, and that week/month I went nuts. I bought a little too much, went a bit overboard, but what I realized was, shopping could be like any other diet. If you deprive yourself for too long, you’ll snap and have an opposite result. I changed a lot of things in my life for that short time period, some of which I kept up with, but if I had to do it again, I would do it differently. Life in moderation is such an important practice in many aspects. Never deprive yourself of something that makes you happy, whether it’s cake or a great dress!