Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Top 3 ways to stop your shopping demon
Dear Marc, do you ever have to calm down your drive to spend? Do you find yourself falling so in love with fabrics, cuts and color that you just have to have something, even if you can't afford it, even if your rent's due, even if you know you'll have to borrow money to do so and it might be embarrassing because same thing happened last month?
That may not be you these days. But maybe it was you, a few years ago, before your own brands, before your stint at Perry Ellis, before all that, when you were just a student like the rest of us have been.
Did you have any tricks to stop your spending?
I have a vivid imagination. I find it very easy, too easy, to dream up situations where I don't just want, but need certain clothes.
But with so many beautiful things to lust for, one has to defend one's vallet.
My top 3 kill joy things to tell myself to stop myelf from making a purchase are the following (use as needed)
1. If it cost $19.99 at H&M, would you still crave this so?
2. Honestly, what will this look like after you've worn it for 100 days and washed it almost as many?
3. You know you'll probably get pregnant again within a year and then you can't wear it for another 2 years. And when you do, there will be babyfood on it. Do you still crave it? If the answer to all three questions is "Yes", then I have the right to buy it.
Shopping. It's all about making it through your inner assault course.
ps. Try not to buy the dress here.