I was going to call this “Why I don’t shop as much anymore” but then what is much? Over the years I’ve become very intentional with what I buy. I think about every purchase and rarely spontaneously buy something these days. There are several factors that go into it:
I don’t want to waste my money
As I’m getting older, my financial priorities are naturally shifting. I don’t want to waste my money on a random thing if I know that money could go towards my home, experiences with my family – or retirement! I also don’t want to buy something that doesn’t truly bring me joy. If it doesn’t spark joy, I won’t buy it. Marie Kondo would be so proud! That leads me into my next point…
Shopping Fewer, Better Things
I’ve always been a big believer in spending money on fewer, but better quality items. Whether that’s a $200 pair jeans that will last me several years or shopping at Everlane, where they care about quality and price transparency. I’m tired of having lots of clothes that look worn after a few washes and the quantity wears me down mentally. I’d rather have a few great things in my closet that I can wear over and over again. That’s also why I love designer handbags. I buy one and I will literally wear it until it falls off of me because the quality lasts me that long. To me, the cost per wear is absolutely worth the price.
Consumerism & Constant Sale Promotions
Of course I love to shop – retail therapy is a thing! But I feel like there is a constant need to shop. I see it online with other bloggers that I follow, constantly promoting a new sale. I get it and don’t fault them for it. However it makes me from a consumer standpoint want to keep up and take advantage of all the deals – even if I don’t necessarily need it right now. What ever happened to enjoying what you currently own? To re-wearing pieces from years past and embracing your current wardrobe? To finishing a makeup product?
It would wear me down to shop that much and I personally don’t want to promote those things on my blog. That’s why I haven’t posted many sales roundups on here – I rarely shop them myself! Frankly the only times I make a sales roundup is when I know I’ll be making my own purchases, such as the yearly Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. That’s the only time it feels right to me.
How do you feel about shopping? Have your priorities shifted over the years too? I’m not saying I won’t ever shop at H&M or Zara again – they have some great stuff! – but that when I do, I will have made a conscious decision to step into those stores.