Happy 4th of July to all of my North American friends!
Every other holiday, I dare venture into certain websites and window-shop for shoes or clothes or other things I may need. 99% of the time, I won't get anything. The last time I added something to my wardrobe was that winter coat back in mid March.
I went to 6PM.com looking for a very specific kind of shoe, and I happen to find a rather nice pair on sale. It's $23 total. A small problem is... the shoes are tan/white. Why is that a problem, you ask? Almost all of my other shoes are black (except a pair of dark wine red and black flats). Why so much black? Because I can match it with virtually anything. White/tan? I'm not so sure. I don't own any sandals either, so that adds to the difficulty.
This lead me to think... if I didn't really had any debt, past or present, or if I didn't care about this whole budgeting thing, I could just buy a pair of black/tan, white/tan, and why not, throw in the navy/tan sandal combo. I'm sure I could use them someday. That took me to another set of shoes with as many as 6 color combinations! While the red would certainly go well with one outfit, I'd need the green for that outfit or yellow for that other one and... before I knew it, I'd end up with 10 pairs of shoes. Am I the only one that's scared by that train of thought?!
I will never really know if I was born a spender or a saver, as I wasn't given much of a choice, but I am glad to be in the road I'm in. Even after I have paid off all my debt, I'd like to be able to save for the bigger purchases and goals without feeling deprived vs the buy now, worry later technique.
Careful shopping: Blessing, evil necessity, or habit you wish to ditch as soon as you can?