I need to go shopping soon….

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.)

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40 Comments on “I need to go shopping soon….”

  1. Money Beagle says:

    Well I don’t need new bras but I do the same thing with many items, and I also dislike shopping…so I try to save up and go on a bigger shopping trip when I need stuff.

  2. Rachel says:

    I was going through a similar situation a few weeks ago. I had a gift card from my birthday to buy bras. The next week I went to my local thrift store for shirts. Then I bought an interview suit the following week. And then new shoes the next. This past week I got my haircut. I broke up my needs each week so it didn’t hurt our budget as much. Check out some thrift stores for work clothes. Maybe buy giftcards to your favorite stores that you shop at. I go to giftcardgranny for cards at discount. You probably know that already 🙂

    • bogofdebt says:

      I’ve been looking at the thrift stores around here but haven’t found what I want..or even what will make do. The joys of living in small town-most people donate their good stuff to friends or relatives!

  3. Michelle says:

    I really need new bras. I just hate dishing out $60 plus on just one!

  4. I’m a shopper, but sometimes I hate going with crowds.-I love going online so I can miss the store and usually get an additional coupon. And then when it shows up it feels like a present. Yes, sometimes you don’t get the right size-but it’s way better than shopping in a store.

    • bogofdebt says:

      I’ve thought about the online shopping but I have weird issues–sometimes a size 6 shoe and sometimes a size 7 or 7/12. I haven’t figured out if it’s certain brands or what but I should start paying more attention to that.

  5. AverageJoe says:

    I need to keep working out or I’m gonna need a new bra. Great post. You had me at “I dislike shopping.”

  6. debtsntaxes says:

    I’m the same way when it comes to shopping. I still have clothes from highschool. I do need to buy a new pair of running shoes though, mine have holes in the sides.

  7. Seriously, I hate shopping as well. Funny enough, we just went bra shopping for Holly a few weeks ago. Good grief those things are expensive.

  8. Frugal Flip says:

    Nice post! It’s usually feast or famine for me. I can go 6-7 months without buying anything, and then I buy a bunch of stuff in a month. Online shopping is a godsend. I usually get my bras at JC Penney or Target (never more than $15 apiece) and they last me at least 3-4 years. In my experience, stuff from Victoria’s Secret actually falls apart faster.

  9. Hey, thanks for the link. A few weeks ago, one of my … three … bras snapped, just plain broke. I went to VS.com and found a coupon code (which still didn’t make it reasonable) and it was one of the better decisions I’ve made recently! I LOVE IT. I was getting dressed this morning, and amused that I was putting on a $7 skirt, a $4 shirt, and a $48 bra.

    • bogofdebt says:

      ha ha! I love my VS bras…sadly my last one is breaking now (I currently have to find a wall and press on the underwire to get it to stop digging into me). But I’ve had it for a few years.

  10. Love the Scrooge reference haha. I have a hate/love relationship with shopping. I hate the mall and the crowds that go with it, but when I start finding deals and frickin’ love shopping!

  11. I really need some new jeans. I only have a couple pairs left that are halfway decent and that is what I have to wear to work M-F… maybe I’ll go shopping in a couple weeks!

  12. Oh man…you really do need to go shopping. I’m not a huge fan of it either because it takes up time that I would rather be doing other things, but I do like having new clothes from time-to-time.

    • bogofdebt says:

      I think if I do it in big shopping spree it will be best. I’ll be able to get my dislike over in one session rather than multiple dragging me to the malls sessions.

  13. I hate shopping only because I don’t have the money for it, but if I did I would love it!! I’m not a fashionista by any means, but I love clothes!

  14. The last time I bought new clothes (other than jeans) was when I got my new job- two years ago. I also need some new bras, and there’s a Playtex outlet store not too far away, but since I’m trying to lose weight, I keep thinking I should put it off until I’m halfway to my goal so that I don’t have to buy more new bras later.

    • bogofdebt says:

      I did buy some shirts/skirts a few months ago but that doesn’t help my pants situation out. And I still need more shirts–I’m trying to replace the really bad worn out ones but it just means that everything gets worn out all at once (or so it seems).

  15. You definitely need to break down and do it. I feel your pain – I hate shopping, especially for clothes. Bras are the worst!!

  16. mycanuckbuck says:

    You sound just like me. I hate shopping – and have been putting it off til I lose more weight. But sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet..sigh..

  17. I personally love to go shopping! It definitely gets too expensive though. I don’t go very often and when I do I look for good deals or go to the sale rack in hopes of finding a few t shirts I can score for a cheap price. I am recycling a bunch of t shirts ive had for like 5+ years that are still good. I am also trying to lose a bit of weight but this wont help my t shirt size maybe my pant size but I think my waist would remain roughly the same size.

    I am pretty good with my socks at the moment I usually get some new ones for xmas when i go home to see my family.

    I splurg out at times and spend a few hundred on shopping to make myself feel good and fashionable.

    • bogofdebt says:

      Want to go shopping for me? 😉 I think it is more that I have issues with the time it takes to do anything. If I know I want a pair of blue jeans, I have to find the ones that fit well, feel good and are price right. So it just takes time and that means I’m around other customers. It just makes me cranky so I then have a negative image of shopping.

  18. […] I need to go shopping soon by Bog of Debt. She reminds me of me – always putting off shopping til I’m desperate for clothes! […]


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