You had me at “let’s go shopping!” But hold up, wait a minute – before you shop ’til you drop and bust out your budget before you can even say “bankruptcy”, there are a 5 major questions to ask yourself before making that purchase.
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Shopping as “something fun to do” can lead you down a never-ending-money mess. Sorry to be a buzzkill, but it’s just not worth it. To untangle what you really should buy over just a “fun” purchase there are 5 questions to help keep your wardrobe and budget in check. No pressure, but time to clean out your closet. Take inventory.
Do you already own something just like it?
Twinning? Just how many black v-neck tees do you need? Know what I mean? Unless you need a replacement for a worn-out item, it’s probs not the smartest budget move to buy more of the same.
What are you shopping for?
#Goals. Why you are shopping? Are you looking for a pair of dressy pants because all you own are jeans and every-single-time you go out for “brunch” and want to wear pants you don’t have that sophisticated option? Do you need a chic dress to wear in the spring because you currently only own wool dresses and that’s just not going to work in 90′ weather? Fill in gaps in your wardrobe.
What’s the Cost Per Wear?
Math (in the real world!) means being totes OK to spend a big-ol-chunk-o-change for something that you will wear a lot. For example, splurging on a pair of classic denim like these makes perfect sense. You will wear them all the time because they won’t stretch all out of shape, they will make you look ahhhhhhhmazing (by how professionally structured the jeans are constructed) and they won’t fade as much (as cheaper denim) over time. Here’s the math: Wearing a $200 pair of jeans just once a week over a year (or more because they will last that long or longer!) will “cost” you approximately $4 per wear. Compare that to a pair of $40 jeans that you wear twice because they stretch out, make your butt look saggy and obvi are NOT flattering will cost you $20 per wear until you donate them to Goodwill.
How’s the fit?
Clothing MVP Status. If you are tugging on it already in the store’s dressing room this is not going to end well. Once you try it on you should look like the BEST version of yourself. Anything less than that? Don’t buy it. You won’t wear it because it won’t boost your confidence or make you look like the babe you are.
What will you wear it with?
Options: the Spice of Life. While debating about a piece of clothing on your long walk from the dressing room to the checkout counter, think about what you would want to wear that item with. If you can name at least 6 different outfit ideas, get it. But – if you are struggling to think of anything except jeans to wear it with, put it back on the rack.
Next time you’re out shopping take me along with you (figuratively, I guess…) to help you shop smarter.