|Red Buffet Table|
This purchase stemmed from the news of our upcoming Thanksgiving shindig, that D felt so inclined to host. Love that he’s coming over to the social side, but not loving the level of stress that I have as I prepare to play hostess in the coming week. On the other hand, I am really happy that it resulted in us gaining a buffet table.
That was the start to my day. But the biggest deal was the shopping spree that I was being sent on. JUST for me. Would you believe me if I told you that I hadn’t bought myself clothes in quite some time? Okay don’t count the Kohl’s trips I made for “maternity” gear last year, which consisted of yoga pants and long-sleeve workout shirts. Shopping out of pregnant necessity doesn’t qualify as a typical fun day of retail therapy. Or the times I hurriedly scooped up a couple of shirts or jeans off of the rack as I made a bee line for the kids section.
Well, I woke up mentally prepared for today. D
pushed me out of the door after lunch strongly suggested I go and have a good time, without worrying. Why the mental preparation? Truth be told, I am not very good at shopping for myself. I am better shopping for the kids. I’d say D too, but he won’t even let me wash his laundry, let alone do his shopping. Maybe that is a good thing.
What tends to happen is this:
1.) I see what I like and add it to my cart (both virtually and in real life).
2.) Out of nowhere, I start second-guessing the contents of my cart, feeling guilty for thinking of numero uno.
3.) Before I know it, I have nothing to purchase.
My shopping trips are wrecked by guilt. I feel good about the choices in my cart; know I want them, but put it all back on the rack anyway. I have fun shopping, then I leave empty-handed but guilt-free. It’s a shopping disorder. No not really. I feel selfish. It happens every single time.
On this particular day I ignored that nagging feeling and just went for it. I satiated the small part of me that screamed for a new pair of skinny jeans and an infinity scarf. It was so liberating, I claimed 3 new pairs of shoes and some more tops and jeans. I still shopped smartly. I couldn’t bring myself to pay full price for clothes, even if I’m getting full reign over my shopping experience, no guilt attached.
Want to know where I love to shop? TJMaxx, Kohl’s and Target. In that order. Looking over the price tags from TJMaxx, I didn’t buy anything less than 50% off the original price. How do you like them savings?
Where do you shop when you want to splurge a little and feel guilt-free?