5.09.2011

Blissfully Red




Outfit Details:
Coat: Zara
Top: Urban Outfitters
Jeans: True Value Vintage
Bag: Ebay
Shoes: Payless

I'm a yo-yo budgeter. I have put myself on a budget far too many times to count. Usually I'd stick to my budget really well for a few weeks but it would feel like several months had passed so I'd treat myself to a shopping trip. Then buyers remorse would set in and obviously the only thing that could make me feel better was shopping.

This time around I've actually done a really good job sticking to my budget. I finally realized the mistake I made all the other times I set a budget for myself. I wasn't putting together a budget that was realistic for me.

One rule that I had always thought was a good one was "make a list of what you want to buy and stick to it. No impulse shopping".

But, it turns out, I like impulse shopping! I like window shopping, browsing and finding that piece I didn't even know I wanted but love unconditionally. Sure, impulse shopping can lead to those items in your closet you never wear but that can happen with any purchase.

So I switched things up. I do have my list of items I really want (white blazer, light khaki trench coat, Jeffrey Campbell Ripple Sandals) and I'm putting money aside to eventually buy them, but I'm also allowing myself a small dollar amount each month for an impulse buy. The difference is, when I go browsing, I don't have a Visa or even my debit card. I bring cash. I am finding I'm a lot pickier with my impulse buys because I know that my funds really are limited (not fake limited like when I have a Visa in my wallet). A couple times I have found a piece and put it on hold to make sure I still want it an hour later.

So my lovely readers, tell me, what works best for you? Are you someone who likes to plan out their purchases or do you like impulse buys?

I guess I just can't give up an afternoon of browsing the stores on Robson with a latte in my hand. After all, that was how I stumbled across this military inspired Zara coat I'm wearing.

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