Friday, January 22, 2010

Tips from a Reformed Shopping Addict

It's finally Friday!!! If you are visiting from Kelly's Korner, thanks for stopping by!!  This week's "Show Us Your Life" topic is: SHOPPING... I mean, I didn't think she could hit any closer to my heart than diet and exercise, but SHE DID!  Kelly and I would totally be friends in real life!


First, you should know:
  • My husband is a money man.  He is into saving and investing.
  • I am a money woman.  I am into spending and shopping.  (Ugly, but so so true.  Read this post to hear more about this interesting partnership of styles.)

To cope with this "personality difference" - which, I should add, is legitimately good for me - I've developed a new little habit I'd like to share with you.  It is a modern technological twist on the classic "buy and return" strategy... I call it: "Shopping Bag Splurge."

Here's how it works:
Step 1: Go to favorite online shopping cite.  (i.e. JCrew, Anthropologie, ModCloth, etc.)

Step 2: Shop until fingers hurt (from clicking, of course).  *I put EVERYTHING, and I mean EVERYTHING, that strikes my fancy in my digital shopping cart.  Money is NO object.  I feel like a princess -- a very well dressed princess.  (Believe it or not, this really does help me get my shopping "fix.")

Step 3: Make deal with self.  Example: "If said dress is still in my cart AND at least half price by pay-day, I will purchase." 

Now, here's the catch, most computer systems automatically update your "shopping bag" when items go on sale or out-of-stock.  VERY rarely does an item actually meet my price requirement for purchase AND remain in my shopping cart.  HOWEVER, at the end of the day, I feel satisfied and wise.  And, occassionally, I get a really cute item at a really great price.  :)

PLUS... The best thing about my "Shopping Bag Splurge"? No dressing rooms... So, no worries about skin shade (see second photo below -- can we say SPRAY TAN?), hip width, leg length, etc.

What's in my shopping bag now?




Both dresses are from ModCloth.com... I highly recommend it if, like me, you want an original "boutiquey" looking dress that cost more "TJ-Maxxish."  (Shoot... I'd already written this when I realized Kelly plugged ModCloth too... Oh well, it's just that good!)

Happy "Shopping!"

6 comments:

  1. I have never heard of ModCloth before but I am going to check it off.. very cute dresses.. I love your on line shopping strategy, I do the same thing but at an actual store.. I will go somewhere, fill my buggy up and when it is time to check out, I have already putt more than half of the items back..lol...Love Addy, we have to GR's, Max and Molly!! Thanks for sharing, have a great weekend!

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  2. May I just say that I loved Jeff's faces while you told me this story in person a few weeks back. CLASSIC. I wish I could do this and be "satisfied", but unfortunately it just makes me depressed because I know I won't end up getting it. My strategy? Don't look. Don't know. Don't miss anything. Sad I know.

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  3. I'm a fan of this idea- would never have thought of it! I'll have to try it soon. :)

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  4. What? I thought I was the only one who did this imaginary shopping! Shop on girl!

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  5. That is a fabulous idea! Your hubby sounds like mine. URGH! But I guess money does not grow on trees, he has to remind me of that every once in a while! I married my high school sweetheart as well!!

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  6. I have never tried this "pretend" shopping! Great idea!
    I came from Kelly's Korner.

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