Shopaholic Anonymous 101

by Chenai Mugunyani

Disclaimer: no judgement here, it’s a SAFE PLACE…

Are you a shopaholic, self-proclaimed or otherwise? Well even if you fall in the ‘frugal-is-key department’ Let’s talk shall we,

“I love shopping. There is a little bit of magic found in buying something new. It is instant gratification, a quick fix.”
― Rebecca Bloom

Have you ever looked at all the dresses, shoes and handbags you own and marvelled, genuinely, in sheer admiration of all the hard work you have put in towards earning these amazing ‘possessions’? Then doubled back into your bank account and felt like you had been stabbed by a dagger right in the heart, but then you console yourself, you will manage, payday is only 31 days away, *grits teeth* YIKES!

The whole process of shopping and filling your wardrobe (till it wants to pop) is fun until you actually notice the amount of damage you are causing to yourself, your bank more specifically, (can I  mention that dress you bought two years back that still has a tag on), yes, it was gorgeous and you thought that you needed it, but did you really? I mean the proof is in the pudding, right?

Here are a few tips to curb your, whatchamacallit…

\ Pay your bills before you shop. PLEASE.

\ Hunt for bargains and sales, see I am on your side.

\ Avoid shopping to pass time, heck, avoid stores when you have nothing to do.

\ Leave your purse/wallet/cardholder at home to avoid unnecessary shopping.

\ Go through what you already have, fall in love again.

\ Shop for occasions.

\ Learn to distinguish between needs and wants.

\ Avoid shopping with shopaholics.

In closing, I think you would appreciate saving every dime, wouldn’t you?

“Buy what you don’t have yet, or what you really want, which can be mixed with what you already own. Buy only because something excites you, not just for the simple act of shopping.”
― Karl Lagerfeld

Happy saving!

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