I need to go shopping soon….Posted: August 21, 2012
I’m too cheap frugal cheap for my own good! I go to get dressed in the morning and realize that I really need new bras. It’s not at the desperate point yet but it’s getting there. I go to put on socks and find the pair with the really big holes in them. I remember that my outdoor running shoes are 3 years old and really should be replaced as part of the bottom treads are coming off. My work shoes-the ones I wear the majority of the time? Well….those are from high school and should probably be replaced. I have been coloring in the wears and scuff marks with a black sharpie lately. (I don’t know if that is incredibly lame or just pure awesome….I’m going to go with pure awesome, ok?) Also, the fact that they feel entirely old (no support and are incredibly bendy in places they shouldn’t be. And my work pants? Well those are getting ratty at the bottoms. It doesn’t help to be short and I didn’t hem them when I bought them.
But you want to know really why I don’t go buy new stuff? I dislike shopping. Immensely. Unless it’s for books and even now, I don’t really like it as I’ve limited what I can buy. So I hang out at the library instead of going to the book store for the most part. Kathleen at Frugal Portland did a post on her dislike of shopping a few weeks ago and I realized I really need to force myself to go. Of course, this also means I have to part with money. And I’m kind of like Scrooge McDuck—I hate parting with my gold money.
But still the question remains of when and how. Yes, I have my personal money but I’ve been using that for any books or races I want. And really clothing is one of those things that probably should come out of our money (he needs stuff too). But how? I’m pretty strapped between food/bills/debt/savings. I’ll probably end up putting a little bit every month aside until we have a good amount and go on a shopping spree.
Of course, even after I save up the money that still means I have to go shopping. I need to try on the clothes and shoes. So in a way, it’s a good thing we’re waiting. I’ll wait for deals and for us to lose weight. After all, who wants to buy new clothes and then just have to go out and buy more? (I’m sure some of my readers want to do this but I don’t!) (The sad fact about how much I hate shopping: my mom was the same size as me so I’d buy my pants/skirts/shirts/shoes and have her wear them until they were broken in. She liked it because she would get “free” clothes every year or so.)