The case of the ME TOO spending
Ever feel like you get into this trap? You go out with a friend, read an enabling blog you shouldn’t (*cough*), see something on TV or in a magazine and suddenly feel the need to buy it?
Yeah. I’ve been sort of feeling like that, working in NYC. There are some CUTE outfits out there, and I keep walking by these awesome-looking, independent clothing shops that look like they have the nicest things. Then I read blogs while waiting for the plane, or .. well, I just browse online.
The only thing that saves me is I’ve felt too busy and fatigued to even think about shopping (even in NYC), which had done wonders for me seeing as I only bought a uber expensive leather jacket I’ve been eying for years (on sale no less!!) last month and NOTHING ELSE!! I still get the ME TOO itch when I read beauty or fashion blogs, but this is what helps right now:
- Being tired from 11+ hour days (damn project)
- Traveling a lot between 3 cities
- Thinking about whether I really need it
- Asking if I actually want it
- Thinking about my money goals ($250k!!)
- Looking at what I’ve spent this month
- Looking at my upcoming expenses
After I go through that thought process, I flop on the bed and pass out into a deep, relaxing 3-hour nap which eliminates any chance of my spending money, unless it’s online.
Temptation vanquished. (Umm.. did I mention that I am only considering venturing into a store just because I have a J. Crew gift card I have to use up?
It has $9 on it and I am trying to figure out what I can buy for $9 at J. Crew. Maybe a broken headband or something. Or a piece of a belt. On sale.)