2013 Shopping Guidelines
The ever-lovely Maria of Lost in a Spotless Mind blogged about her 2013 shopping guidelines the other day, and I thought I’d follow suit with a post of my own. I’m no stranger to making shopping guidelines for myself, as you will know if you read my blog back when I was doing shopping bans, and even when I’m not on a ban I usually have a few rules that I set for myself. For example: two of my rules last year was to not buy any nail polish or glossy magazines (apart from my one subscription), and I think I landed at four nail polishes and two magazines at the end of the year. Not bad at all considering how many I bought the year before, let me assure you. So, what will my guidelines be this year?
Well, this year I have a pretty good grasp on the purchases that I will need to make, at least within the first 6 months, which makes the whole thing pretty simple. “Need to have” trumps “want to have”. I need a small and versatile shoulder bag and a new pair of reading glasses. I do not need a baseball cap, but I do want a holiday, and as The Boyfriend and I have our sights set on New York I will need to save a bit of money for the trip. I will also need a new pair of everyday shoes for spring, a new pair of running shoes if I manage to wear out my current ones (as I plan to), and last but not least my underwear drawer needs some fresh blood. As you can see this won’t allow for much extravagant wiggle room, but certain things will be allowed. Here are the rules I have made:
1. Re-stocking makeup products that I use several times a week is okay. This also applies to nail polish, but only top coat and base coat. Same goes for skin care and hair care. Luckily I have a small handful of products that work well for me, so there is really no need to try anything new.
2. Still no glossy magazines, and only iPad versions if I absolutely must. No physical copies.
3. Clothing basics can be replaced, but no new ones will be added. Exception: if I stumble across a winter coat that makes my heart flutter I can have it, but only if it doesn’t come in the way of the “need” items listed above. Winter is long and cold and terribly dull, after all. A holy grail leather jacket will also be allowed, under the same conditions as the coat.
4. I am not, under any circumstances, allowed to buy clothes, accessories or knick-knacks on eBay.
5. No “meh, close enough” items. New items have to tick all my boxes, or else I won’t buy them.
6. Books will always have a free pass, as long as I actually read them. Kindle editions only.
There you have it, my six shopping rules for 2012. I am sure I will have the occasional slip-up, but seeing as I have a good overview of my future splurges I don’t think I will feel as tempted to shop as I would have otherwise. To put it simply – a spree at Zara won’t seem as tempting if I know it could come at the expense of a fun experience on my summer Holiday.
That said, I won’t beat myself up over a bad purchase. I’m not Super Frugal Savebot 3000 after all, and emotional spending happens. Just ask Tumblr-made-me-buy-it-tank-dress, super-heavy-second-hand-cape-coat, or perfume-that-makes-me-sneeze-like-a-crazy-person. I won’t put a complete ban on “new” purchases – that is, items that don’t replace something that I already own – because to me that would be too strict. People change, styles change, and lifestyles change. I might get another new pair of everyday shoes even though I already have a couple of pairs in rotation, or a handbag that for some inexplainable reason makes me smile, and that is okay. The goal for me is to think consciously about every new purchase, to avoid the pitfalls that I have identified for myself, and to spare both the environment and my bank account.
What about you, do you have any shopping resolutions for 2013?