I feel so guilty. Two weeks ago there was a terrible shopping binge week. I bought 3 pairs of shoes. THREE! (ok, two pairs were from trademe so they were cheap… but still – that is not an excuse!). Not to mention Modcloth’s 70% off sale… It’s way too embarrassing to recount what I may have purchased (I may have mentioned 6 dresses in yesterday’s post). You would be horrified. I’m not even going to go there.
Alas – buyer’s remorse! I am not a compulsive shopper, but I certainly engage in Retail therapy (I know this because of how many pairs of boots I bought when I was finishing writing up my master’s thesis). If that wasn’t emotional/thesis coping/stress-related shopping, I don’t know what was. It’s not like I can’t afford to pay my rent or my groceries or anything like that. It just seems wasteful because at this stage I really ought to be saving any ‘excess’ money. And here I am, approaching the end of an even bigger thesis. So I need to put a lid on this shopping/stress response pronto.
So here we go – let’s trial. February shall be Frugal February! No new clothing/shoes/accessories/jewellery purchases. Nada. [This is especially hard as I wanted to profile all of the 2nd-hand and op-shops around Dunedin… But alas, this shall have to wait]. Ok, well, maybe one exception. IF I make my goal of selling enough goods on trademe to raise funds for a pair of Shoes of Prey shoes, then I can buy them. But IF and only IF I make enough money selling all those other items. Also, is it cheating Frugal February since I just received a box full of fabulous frocks and a pair of awesome shoes? *sigh* We’ll see how frugal Feb goes, and if it goes well, I will aim to have a Miserly March as well. But lets start with the small things, shall we?
Wish me luck!