While browsing through the Metro Newspaper, an article caught my attention, apparently 4 out of 10 women are retail junkies. In this article, it mentioned a lot of things that rang alarm bells in my head:
– Do you spend hours rifling clothes rails searching for the perfect dress . . . Yes and online.
– Is your ideal Saturday searching the high street for bargains . . . yes, but not only clothes, I tend to buy quite a few things for my home. If its pretty and a reasonable price, I’m highly likely to buy it.
– After shopping to the point where you could drop, do you hide the price tags on the purchases so your spouse can’t see what the total cost is . . . I never drop, and I just hide the items altogether, they can’t guess the price if they can’t see what you have brought in the first place.
If most or all your answers where yes or just like mine, then you too many be addicted to shopping. Also, according to this article, 58% of women polled admitted that they shop for beauty products once or twice a week. And 3% said they do this everyday . . . these are the women that were brave enough to admit this! I’m sure there are a lot more women who find themselves wondering into shops to just buy a bottle of water and come out with bags of beauty product because the items were discounted. I did that just this weekend, damn you Boots and your 3 for the price of 2! I ended up buying products from a brand I don’t even use!
I didn’t realise how bad my Auto-Pilot shopping was, last month, was my birthday, and my friends and family were asking me what I would like. I have one of those wish lists on Amazon so was telling everyone to look on there. It wasn’t until my friends were telling me off for having such a short wish list, when I realised the reasons why it was so short. I had been shopping on auto-pilot for weeks. I was buying items that I had wanted or had thought about getting and instead of putting those items on this wish list, saving my own money, I would go and buy them. It wasn’t until I really thought about my shopping that I realised how bad it really was.
My way of shopping seems to go like this: ” see it, its pretty, I need one, must buy now, don’t even worry about the credit card, that’s what they are for! buy buy buy!” I don’t stop to think “do I really need this in my life?”
But for some reason, this little voice of reason seems to only wake up when my friends start to go a bit overboard with their shopping. I will actually sit there and tell them off about their over spending, I can’t help myself. A couple of weeks ago, I heard myself tell one of my work friends that he needs to speak to someone about his shopping habits . . . How evil am I!
So from now on . . . ok, I’ll try to make it to at least the end of the year, to only shop for the things that I REALLY need (that will not include shoes or bags). I need to avoid the pretty things and not go into the shops that make me want to spend all my money. Money has to go into some kind of savings . . . . or . . . I could put all the money toward an epic shopping trip in Thailand !