While writing today’s post, I had no idea what to call it. Becoming a responsible shopper is something that has been playing on my mind for a while, and is something that I really wanted to write about.! Today’s post is about my attempts at becoming a responsible shopper, and curbing my spending habits by carefully choosing what I want to buy.
If you know me on a personal level, you will know straight off that I’m not a saver. I never have been and I don’t think I ever will be fully. With that being said, it was a 2017 goal of mine to become slightly better at pinching the pennies and saving just that little bit each month. Now so far, I haven’t really kept to that and I’ve saved a grand total of £50 (I did have that horrible thing called car insurance to pay for too, so that is an excuse right?), spending the rest of my money on a total of 3 hair appointments, 4 nail appointments, 5 meals (plus some), 3 cinema visits, 2 dresses, 1 skirt, 2 tops, 2 pairs of sunglasses and 3 totally necessary pairs of boots. And then a few other bits. On reflection, it looks like I really haven’t tried at all but for me, that’s pretty good going in four months!
I’ll admit it, I’m a shopaholic. I love shopping and the thrill of waiting for a new delivery is always one of the best moments. However, I am starting to realise that adult life is looming and saving is something I need to start putting more of an effort into. Even if it just means I limit myself to two clothing purchases a month – typing that actually made me quiver inside a little.
I partly blame the blogging and Instagram industry for the majority of my spending habits, as we’re faced with hauls and swishy outfit shots on a daily basis and the desire for new clothes and beauty products often becomes so great that it truly is hard to resist. I have definitely felt the pressure on a regular basis to own the latest and greatest clothes for the purpose of shooting an outfit post or a #fwis as I feel I can’t possibly write about something that a. is old and b. isn’t available to buy anymore. What is the point? Well I’ve decided to get out of this mind frame because the point is, shooting an old coat with a brand new pair of boots for example, is still relevant and is still good content.
So that has been my little – or rater long – ramble for today. I hope you enjoyed this different post and although I don’t expect my shopping habits to disappear completely, I am going to make a real effort to become a more responsible shopper. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject and also what you think of bloggers including a mix of new (and available) pieces, with those wardrobe staples from a year or two ago.