We have all felt it… The fear stirring deep in our gut after gazing at our bank account. That moment when we discover that forgotten item lurking at the back of our closet, or after standing on a unnaturally long return line wondering “Why the fu*k did I buy this?!”… it’s called Buyer’s Remorse. Since going on a budget journey this year i’ve realized how serious my BR (buyer’s remorse) illness has been and developed a few skills on how to scale back.
Here are a few simple tips and your pockets will thank you for it.
“But it’s on Sale!!”
So what that ombre mint tone, fish net tank top is on sale for $3 bucks. You know that it’s no where near your style and it will likely end up in the grave yard pile developing in the back of your closet.
Don’t waste your space, money or wardrobe on something just because it’s on sale. Shopping on a budget is always a great idea but only when it’s for items that will increase the benefit of ones wardrobe. Listen to that voice in the back of your head telling you to put that item back, or the next time you”ll see it will be when during a closet clean out and sent to Goodwill.
“It’ll motivate me to lose weight.”
Buying an item a few sizes smaller to “Inspire weight loss” is always a NO,NO!
Changing ones lifestyle to obtain a particular size already causes high levels of stress and buying garments that don’t fit properly will make things much worse. In all truth most women aren’t shopping the right fit for their shapes, giving them the impression they need to lose weight. Take the time to get familiar with your body and see what cuts and shapes work for your figure. That “extra pounds” you think you need to loose may actually be the result of ill fitting garments.
“Fashion is more important than Pain!”
When you’re a size 9 but you have managed to force on an 8 , and now your toes are throwing up the Wu Tang Clan sign. Or maybe you have found yourself saying something like “It’s a bit itchy…..( scratches like she has flees) But it’s GUCCI!” Consider that new designer sweater a new hanger decoration.
If something is uncomfortable while trying it on in the store, imagine an entire day in it! 9 times out of 10 you’ll be getting dressed and see that item you scored for a great price, and as you reach for it you’ll remember it’s discomfort and pass.
“I saw Rihanna in it last night on Fashion Police…”
We all want to what our favorite celebs look, but that doesn’t mean it’s for you. Yes Rihanna looked amazing going braless in that black sheer Jeremy Scott tank top, but that doesn’t mean you need to run out and get it! We are all inspired by what see our favorite bloggers, artist, and celebrated people that grace the cover of People magazine but you have to be aware of who you are. Get something inspired but tailored to your body and always remember not every style… is for everybody.
“But it’s designer…”
Ok.. Listen… We all love a good designer piece and it’s nothing wrong with having a few staple investment items, and statement pieces in your wardrobe. But if you are not Lady Gaga, a celeb trying to be seen walking down 5th ave. , or your bank account is closer to 0 than six figures we suggest you putting that down. We all want to make our stand in fashion but if you have to resort to a Ramon Noodle diet for the next six weeks to purchase that Givenchy purse… You should gently put it down and run away as if your life depended on it.
“I’ll eat after I shop”
Shopping on an empty stomach is the worst! You are distracted, and when your hungry most of your choices are overpowered because of that loud roar from your tummy. It sounds crazy but hunger has a huge impact on your mood and shopping with a meal well digested will allow you to think more clearly. Even if it’s a light bite you will always make better choices when you full instead of running on fumes.
If any of these tips help you out or you have tips yourself you want to share please share with me in the comments below or Tweet Me Bout It Boo!