It’s time to resolve an addiction
Firm rules have been put in place to kick the shopping habit
AS I try to squeeze yet another brand new item of clothing into my wardrobe, it has become clear I have a shopping addiction.
There are few investments that will depreciate in value more quickly than clothes and cosmetics so it’s a heart-sinking realisation that’s where my money is sitting.
I’m not actually a materialistic person. I live in a simple house with minimal furniture. I’ve gone for years without owning a TV.
I don’t enjoy going to the shops and trying clothes on but at some point way I’ve acquired a relentless clothes shopping habit.
I think it was from my time living in the country. With few shops I started shopping online. I think it was the joy of having a package turn up in the mail that I got addicted to rather than the actual desire to own more clothes.
None the less, it is beyond a joke. I can probably make it a month without washing and still have clean clothes to wear.
The discovery of my best new frenemy After Pay has exasperated the situation as well. Haven’t used After Pay? It’s similar to lay-by and allows you to pay off your purchases in instalments but you get the items STRAIGHT AWAY. So much instant gratification it hurts.
So all of this led me to a resolution of sorts – a year of not buying stuff.
The rules on what’s allowed:
● Cosmetics – foundation, and mascara but only when the current lot has run out.
● Clothes – underwear to replace current items.
● Anything required to fulfil a duty to someone else i.e. I’m being a bridesmaid.
● Hiking shoes for a holiday
● And it all has to bought locally, in store. So far it’s gone okay. I only have two more payments on two different After Pay transactions before I am free of that trap.
Overall I am pleased with how I have changed my habits.
I have made two clothing purchases - both white work tops because I spilled red wine on my other ones. I definitely need a red wine loop hole. And also I spilled make up on the two new ones I bought already.
I also bought new foundation because while my current one isn’t finished yet, I bought it in winter and it’s too pale. I can hardly get about looking like Morticia Adams now can I? I also bought a new primer at the same time because in the words of make-up mogul Napolean Perdis, it’s a crime not to prime. And also the makeup lady at the store looked so good and she told me she used it. It hasn’t had the same results on me. Lesson learned okay. This is hard.
Only last night I spent a good hour scrolling through the latest collection of the my favourite brand, adding and subtracting items from my wish list. My hand was a little shaky as I closed the browser without buying anything.
But I have learned some great lessons out of all of this - don’t wear white and there’s no way the makeup lady looks as good as she does simply because of the primer.
Online shopping had become a way of life for Shannon Newley, but not any more.