Did you just go on another impulsive shopping spree then whine “I’m so poor”? Well then, join the club! There's more to life than just clothes, and shoes, and bags, and watches (well, you get the picture), which is why today, I round up a few purchase philosophies I admit, I'm still learning to live by.
Below, a few lesser-known lessons from and for the shopaholic, culled from my experiences as a fashion assistant.
1. BUY EXPENSIVE.
(The NY Times)
It’s pretty simple really, buy good things and own them a long time. Think of your closet as a vault of your priced possessions, fill it with quality basics and classics that will stay with you longer than an uber trendy frock ever will. Carrie Bradshaw once said she likes her investments where she can see them… in her closet. Quality will always trump quantity. Imagine all the fast-fashion goods that you only wore once! Their price tags do add up, you know.
2. DON’T BE FOOLED BY IN-STORE “DISCOUNT CARDS.”
Notice how recently, more and more stores offer you a “loyalty” or “privilege” card when you pay at the counter? Like yesterday, I went shopping and I got offered a loyalty card at the cashier, the salesgirl said I’d get 10% off my purchase if I got one… but it cost P150. Umm yeah, that’s my 10% right there. Such cards are marketing strategies designed to make you keep coming back to the store for a small discount - but really, you're just spending more.
3. SHOP USING CASH.
This should be more obvious, but it isn't: Buy only what you can afford a.k.a the money you have on hand. It will teach you to save up for something you really like instead of mounting interest from not being able to pay your credit card in full. If the item is no longer there when you do have the dough, always remember: there's always something new that you'll want to buy, anyway.
4. IF YOU REALLY MUST HAVE A CARD, PICK A LOW CREDIT LIMIT.
Seeing the last piece of a shoe in your size doesn’t count as an emergency. Keeping a credit card fuels impulse shopping so pick the lowest limit available or don’t be shy to keep the extension you have with your mom and dad you’ve been using since college. Most companies text the parent card's owner everytime a purchase is made, and although it may be annoying at times, it will keep you in check, or rather your mom will.
5. SHOP ONLINE BUT NEVER STORE YOUR CREDIT CARD DETAILS ON THE SITE.
Online shopping sites are like the Agodas for clothes offering various discounts and freebies often not available in boutiques. Just make sure you never save your credit card details on the site. You might get click happy and charge away - it’s deadly!
6. DELETE ALL SHOPPING APPS ON YOUR PHONE.
You have a clingy relationship with your mobile phone and constantly seeing it, tinkering with it, and browsing through those shopping/store apps anytime you wish tempts you. On the same note, unsubscribe from e-newsletters from stores that keep telling you about their latest drops! Trust me, I do this for a living and you should spare yourself from it. Not everyone should experience the same hardships I go through (a.k.a. that moment when I get my credit card bill). Gah.
7. READ THIS BOOK. NOW!
We're pretty sure you've heard of Nasty Gal - the e-comm site where you blow most of your shopping budget on party clothes. But did you know that its CEO, Sophia Amoruso, wrote a book about the time she was so poor, she could've been on 2 Broke Girls? Find out how she broke free from debt in this awesome book, with quotes like: "Money looks better in the bank than on your feet." Think about that the next time you drool over a pair of stilettos.
8. PRACTICE CLOSET SHARING.
Think of it as the sisterhood of the travelling pants (remember that movie?). This is great if you have a sister or a BFF who’s also your size because you can split the payment by the number of users and just have it go around.
9. DO SOME SPRING CLEANING.
Weed out things that you keep hanging onto even if they never seem to make it into any of your #OOTDs. Resell them for cheap on olx.ph (a local e-Bay just for clothes and accessories). You may not make enough to buy that new purse you've been eyeing, but it might go toward your weekly affogato habit. Not to mention, this exercise will help you edit your personal 'look' more. Which leads us to our next tip:
10. BE STYLISH, NOT TRENDY .
There are two kinds of fashion girls: those who keep up with trends, and those who stick to a style regardless of the season. While both are cool - to each her own - not everyone has the income to keep buying the hot new item/s every few months. If you're one of those people, you might want to take a cue from style icons like say, Kate Moss. She's bohemian every season! Ask yourself: Are you romantic? Minimalist? Sporty? Menswear-loving? Then stick to that.
Save your money because there’s more to life than that pair of red sole pumps. (It was really hard for me to say that). If Rebecca Bloomwood can do it, you totally could, too!
Gifs by giphy.com,Yayay de Castro and Photos by Memes Center and the NY Times.