Qual­ity, chic­ness in fo­cus

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - 2016-17: REVIEW & PREVIEW - -ZHU WEN­QIAN

Qiu Shiyun, 32, a young mother cur­rently on a break from her job as an of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tor with a pri­vate firm in Bei­jing, ex­plains her con­cept of spend­ing, de­tails how she spent money this year, and re­veals her shop­ping and travel plans for 2017.

What is your phi­los­o­phy of spend­ing?

Most of my fam­ily in­come is used to buy bet­ter or high-qual­ity prod­ucts. I’d like to pur­sue a chic life­style as well. My idea is to spend more money on bet­ter prod­ucts, in­stead of buy­ing a lot of cheap (or sub­stan­dard) stuff. I don’t want to buy the same goods that oth­ers buy. I usu­ally try to find unique prod­ucts with ex­quis­ite de­signs.

Did you make any big-ticket pur­chases this year? Did you travel any­where? Help me to un­der­stand your choices.

My hus­band and I moved to a new apart­ment this year, and we spent a lot of money on fur­ni­ture, and home ap­pli­ances such as air-pu­ri­fiers and vac­uum clean­ers.

I’ve a two-year-old son. I spent quite some money on buy­ing baby prod­ucts, in­clud­ing cloth­ing, toys and some orig­i­nal edi­tion English books.

I bought most of them through over­seas and do­mes­tic e-com­merce web­sites. We trav­eled to Tokyo this year with my son, as Ja­pan is close to China and it is a kids-friendly place with beau­ti­ful sight­see­ing op­tions and var­i­ous shop­ping choices.

What would you like to buy next year? Where would you like to go? And why?

Next year, as my son gets older, I may spend more money on my­self. I plan to buy a lux­ury bag and more cos­met­ics and sk­in­care prod­ucts. Be­sides, we would like to travel to the United King­dom or a Euro­pean coun­try and take along our son, as he’s grow­ing up fast and should be able to en­dure long-haul flights. If we have ex­tra money and time, we’d travel to an­other place, be­cause I love to travel.

How do you plan your fam­ily bud­get?

In fact, I haven’t drawn up any de­tailed bud­get. My hus­band and I have a fund man­age­ment ac­count. We put about half of our in­come into the ac­count. I’ve been in­creas­ingly pur­su­ing a life­style marked by high-qual­ity goods. I won’t com­pro­mise on the qual­ity of life.

Qiu Shiyun on shop­ping

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