If You're a Shopaholic, You'll Relate to These 6 Truths
That happens to me all the time. I peep open my eyes in the morning with a smile on my face, which is then swiftly turned into a frown when the bag of my dreams doesn't (yet) belong to me. I then spend the rest of my day in a deep sorrow, browsing online stores that I know I can't afford, adding things to my shopping cart that are way too out of my price range, until I finally treat myself to something in the hopes of feeling better. I turn to shopping in times of sadness, celebration and pretty much just about anything else.
Basically, I can always find an excuse to go shopping. My weak spot at the moment is shoes. Within the last two months I've purchased five pairs—five! Even I know that's ridiculous, but hey, you live and you learn. If you're a shopaholic like me, keep reading for the six truths you'll find all too relatable:
1. You're a Master Manipulator
If you've ever been to the mall with your mom and she prefaced it by saying you're not getting anything, you always accept the challenge. Growing up, my mom said this every time we went to the mall, but I took it as a challenge. And wouldn't ya know, I always succeeded. To this day, my mom still doesn't know how I tricked her into buying me clothes. Basically, all you have to do is show a few options, ask which one they like best and then say, "Okay perfect me, too," and run off. After purchasing my product of choice, she'd always say, "Wait, what just happened?" See? Master manipulator.
2. All of Your Money Is Hanging in Your Closet
Whether you have a job of your own or an allowance for doing household chores, you can never seem to keep any of your money in the bank. Like, saving? What's that? As for me, I like to live by the famous words of Carrie Bradshaw: "I like my money where I can see it… hanging in my closet." I make sure to save enough money for food and rent (most of the time), but I always set a little bit aside for shopping. It's a disease, people!
3. You're Subscribed to Way Too Many Fashion Brands
Online shopping is probably the bane of your existence. It makes spending your money way too easy. Any time you're on a site and a pop-up shows on the screen with a deal like "10% off your first order, just subscribe," you always enter your email. When it comes to my personal inbox, it's constantly flooded with emails from fashion brands promising deals, discounts and sales. They know how to get to me, and even though I know it's usually a ploy, I fall for it every time.
4. You Go Crazy on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Ah, Black Friday—the day you've been preparing for your all year… You know the exact stores you're going to peruse, and you might even know the exact items, too. Personally, I detest crowds, so I try to stay away from shopping malls and outlets on this day. I do, however, participate in the online arena. That entire weekend, I constantly check my inbox for deals and look at old shopping carts to see if anything has gone down in price. So far, it's worked out in my favor. As shopaholics, we're pretty diligent when it comes to sniffing out discounts.
5. You Convince Yourself Every Occasion Requires a New Outfit
Admit it—you've purchased a new outfit or piece of clothing for random occasions way more than necessary. Of course, certain outings are perfectly acceptable to buy a new outfit, like a school dance, your birthday and maybe even a first date. As shopaholics, however, we find other opportunities as well. Going to the pumpkin patch? Time to get a new sweater! Going out to dinner with the girls? A new dress is a necessity. Honestly, the list goes on and on.
6. Way Too Many of Your Clothes Still Have Tags on Them
Shopping makes you oblivious to certain things, and they come back to bite you. If you have multiple items hanging in your closet that still have tags on them, it's time to ask yourself why you made the purchases in the first place. If you truly dig deep, you'll probably see they were mostly impulse buys. Perhaps something was marked down, or you thought it looked cute on the mannequin, only to bring it home and realize it wasn't all you cracked it up to be. I'm certainly guilty of this, and as a fellow shopaholic, I'm sure you are, too.
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