We made it through another holiday season. Woo-hoo! Shopping, hanging out with friends, and visiting family, it's a busy time of year. And much of it's focus is externally based. Now that we're on the other side, we can focus on, dare I say, ourselves?
There's nothing wrong with a little "me" time. Or shopping for "me". The sales are bountiful for sure. Those after Christmas sales are 50% off here or take an additional 40% off there. And who doesn't love a great sale? But buyer beware. All those tempting discounts could result in purchases that simply languish in your closet for months.
Think Logically While Shopping
When you're in a store combing through a clearance rack like your life depends on you finding that black sweater with the slashed price tag, stop and ask yourself, do you really need another black sweater? If you already own one or two in good condition, the answer is most likely no. Buying yet another thing that you don't need, no matter how cheap it is, constitutes a waste of money. (Note: It's really hard to complain about money when you're spending it freely.)
Buy with Purpose
Let's be clear. I'm not some shopping Scrooge encouraging people to forgo sales for the sake of forgoing them. This is the perfect time to buy things that you want to complete your wardrobe. Some things that come to mind are a great fitting pair of jeans, shoes that can take you from the office to after work networking, or a winter coat that you'll wear for years to come. When the deal makes sense for your wallet AND your wardrobe needs, that's a deal you definitely want to grab.
Choose Your Shopping Companion Wisely
How many times have you purchased something you weren't certain of because your friend was pumping you up in the background squawking, "You should definitely buy that dress. It looks really good on you"? Don't let your friends fashion opinions cause you to spend money on things you should just say no to. Of course it's fun to shop with your friends so I wouldn't advise not doing it. Just be prepared to stand firm when she's insisting you can wear those $10 jeggings with a long shirt.