I wanted to give myself some time to get back into the shopping world to see what it would be like. To see if all that I waxed philosophical about stayed true when I actually allowed myself to shop.
January was an interesting month for shopping. It can be hard to stick to your “consumerism is evil” guns when everything is on sale. I have picked up a handful of things since my no shopping year has ended, but apart from a tunic-that-I-will-be-returning-because-on-second-thought-I-don’t-like-it, I haven’t paid full price for anything. My return to shopping started off with being disappointed that a purse I admired months ago was still marked at full price, only to turn around and find a purse I liked even better at half off (which ended up being way cheaper than the original purse). I found a pair of shoes that I adore and wear all the time now (even though I will soon wipe out as the soles have less than no grip) for $10. Original price? $90! Urban Planet has had an “everything in store is only $10 sale” and I got a couple things there. I regretted not getting a dress, so I went back to try it on. I hate trying things on, especially during a Canadian winter when you have to wear about fourteen layers just to stay warm, but I did it anyway. 2013 Natalie would have just bought the dress and later learned that the store didn’t offer refunds. 2015 Natalie tried the dress on at the store. Thank goodness I did, because it made me look like a skanky Morticia Addams, and that’s not the look I was going for.
I’m really happy with the purchases I have made because they are all items that I have worn multiple times since getting them. That hasn’t always been the case, which is why my give away clothes pile has been so big for the last few years.
However, while I am pleased with the bargains I have been snagging, I know that the amount of shopping I did in January cannot and will not continue for the rest of the year. I had a feeling I would probably buy a bit more than I should since I had gone so long without buying anything. And, I will admit it, that is what happened. But I also know that this will not continue. I have some great new pieces, and instead of replacing them with even newer things, I am going to enjoy what I have.
What I have to keep reminding myself is that the primary motivator of my “no new clothes for 2014” resolution was money. My work situation has not improved over the past year. If anything, I am worse off now than I was when I made that decision. I can’t think that now that my year is over, everything can go back to the way it was because I’ve saved up so much money. I’ve said it before; this is simply not the case. But trust me when I say that Stu and I are working our butts off to someday make it to the point when we can spend frivolously. Not that we will. I hope.
So for now, the shopping will slow down. I have to be responsible and unselfish. I can’t be “that girl” when it comes to shoes: