By: Wendy Owen
You work hard all week; maybe you even have two jobs
or go to school. That fringed leather hobo bag has
been calling your name for weeks, and you finally feel
like you deserve it. But then once it’s in your
possession, you can’t help but feel a little tinge of
guilt for buying a purse that’s probably more than a
month’s car payment.
Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Some people get a
euphoric rush from impulse buys and overspending.
Others don’t know how to buy anything special for
themselves at all.
You can help curb your shopper’s remorse by making
detailed lists of things you want vs. things you need.
It’s much easier to justify buying a hot new pair of
heels for an interview or a graduation than just on a
If you are on a budget, the best way to keep yourself
in check is to always put your needs before your
wants. If winter is coming up and you need a new coat,
you’ll feel a lot better if you put your money towards
that instead. If you feel like you need a new bag or
shoes, buy a trendy new style that you love in a basic
color, like black or tan. This way, you will get the
most mileage out of something new.
If you aren’t on a budget, you can fend off those bad
feelings by buying things one at a time. And remember,
sometimes you can’t have everything you want. Or can
Just remember that shopper’s remorse is normal, and
you shouldn’t let it stop you from getting the things
you need or deserve. Shopping can be addictive or
destructive for some, but if you know how to control
your spending and where to spend your money wisely,
your clothes and accessories can be hot investments.