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Christmas shopping… for myself?

December 20, 2007

I went out and about today and completed the majority of my Christmas shopping. I picked out a really cute sweater/shrug and tank top for my sister and bought one in another color for myself as well. I usually never pay full price for my clothes from stores like Express, and I feel horribly guilty about it. Anyway, I went back the store and returned one sweater, but with the idea that I’d come back and buy it with the coupon they awarded me (which isn’t valid until tomorrow).

Now I’m having doubts. First, I really should return the tank top because it is over priced, even for a gift. Second, I shouldn’t buy myself a set. Should I? If I buy myself a set, it’ll cost $135 for both of us, so about $68 each. Or I could spend $80 total (what I currently have spent) and not buy myself one. Though the “gift” budget was only supposed to be $50 for sisters. Or I could spend $105 and get two sweaters but only one tank top.

I obviously do not need the sweater. I recently got to buy some clothes from H&M using a gift card I received for my birthday. On the other hand, I rarely buy myself new clothes, and when I do I don’t buy anything over $30 usually. I think in my head, “I deserve this! I got a big bonus this year and haven’t spent any of it on myself.” Which is true. . . But that doesn’t mean I need to buy this. Perhaps I would get more enjoyment out of saving the $68. Or spending it on something else. I am going on a nice new years vacation where plenty of spending will happen. I also have a hair appointment tomorrow, which usually runs me about $110 (including tip) if I don’t get my eyebrows waxed…

I think I’m going to punch in my numbers for December spending so far, and from there decide if I should keep it or not…

Do any of you agonize so much over an $80 purchase??

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  1. Elizabeth permalink
    December 22, 2007 4:13 pm

    SJean, honey, I agonize over $10 purchases sometimes! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The trick I usually use, and have taught my daughter to use, when buying clothes is to try to imagine how long the article will last and how many times I’ll wear it in it’s lifetime. I’m not familiar with the quality of Express but it’s a trendy type of store, right? Trendy is not going to last through as many wears as a more classic garment will. And if you have other items similiar to it, that will reduce the number of uses too.

    That amount of cash seems a little high to me for something trendy. You might want to wait and see if the store has a good after-Christmas sale and treat yourself then.

    Best of luck on your decision. Either way you go, make your decision and then try not to second-guess yourself too much ๐Ÿ˜‰

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