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Went shopping today and didn’t buy anything

You must be shaking your head thinking: HOW!? This girl is a crazy shopaholic, and she is living in NYC for goodness!!

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THIS IS THE FIRST TIME.. EVER!

This is the first time I’ve ever gone out to window shop and came back with nothing.

No. Joke.

Well, before you think that I didn’t go into any stores where I’d be tempted, I went into plenty around Soho including high-end, low-end and consignment shops.

Nada.

I saw a lot of things I immediately wanted, but thought all the way through:

  • Price is too high for what it is
  • Meh. A striped shirt. It’s not EXACTLY what I wanted (dark navy blue with white stripes)
  • Do I really need another dress/top/pair of pants?

I HAD A WISH LIST

I had originally planned to go out and just browse, keeping in mind 3 items on my Wish List:

  • Men’s Watch — I returned the Skagen; it needed to be slightly smaller-faced
  • White Soft Jersey Blazer
  • Dark Navy Blue with Thin White Stripes Top

Since I couldn’t find ANY of those three items, I didn’t buy anything.

I steeled myself, and exercised my willpower, which felt pretty damn good.


I even went into some consignment stores and almost bought an Alice + Olivia Beige Shirtdress for $90  but felt as though it was too short and sheer to be wearable for the long-term.

*pats self on back*

ULTIMATELY, MY OUTFIT WAS MORE INTERESTING

Surprisingly, I also got complimented a lot on my outfit.

They liked the color of my skirt:

..and that my shoes were actually woven ribbons, not a printed pattern:

Naturally, I took a lot of it with a huge grain of salt because they had hungry salesperson eyes… but it was still nice of them.

Funny enough, I got the skirt at Forever 21 for $20 (?) and the shoes were from Singapore for $90, with a plain t-shirt.

Goes to show that money can’t buy style.

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Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

Millionaire at 36 after getting out of $60K of student debt in 18 months, a little over a decade earlier, using TheBudgetingTool.com. Since then, I have paid my $600K home in cash (my half was $300K), my $180K casr in cash, worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K with an average lifetime savings rate of 50%. I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I am all about balance - between time and money, and also enjoying my money. I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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7 Comments

  1. G.

    $90 for shoes in Singapore? did you add an extra 0?

    Reply
    1. Mochi & Macarons

      No!! $90 SGD were well worth it for how nice they are.

      I don’t buy cheap shoes unless they’re flip flops or house shoes.

      Treating my feet well by buying the right materials is one of the best pieces of advice I ever received.
      I don’t think I still own any $9 shoes, seeing as they’re horrible for my feet after a while..

      Reply
  2. Leigh

    I succeeded (?) in not buying anything in Montreal other than Leonidas chocolates (mmmmm! so good!), but in Quebec City, I found some stuff at Jacob! I think it’s super weird that I can go into a store in one city and not find anything I want and then find a ton in another city at the SAME store. I bought a couple of dresses and finally found a black cardigan to replace the one I bought in 2004. Why is it so hard to find a black cardigan?!

    P.S. I love those shoes too!!!

    Reply
    1. Mochi & Macarons

      I am the exact same way!!

      It is very hard to find the perfect black cardigan at the right price, I agree!

      Reply
  3. Mochi & Macarons

    You never seem to have a shopping problem!!!! You’re always beating yourself up over what you buy.

    Reply
  4. B. (Below Her Means)

    When I’m in NYC for work, I like to go buy the $5 silk scarves at the street markets and then bring them home for headwraps, headbands, belts, etc.

    Reply
    1. Mochi & Macarons

      Scarves aren’t my thing because they never stay on my head!!!!! I don’t seem to have the right head shape….

      Reply

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