Picture this: You’re in line at your favorite shop with a handful of things you weren’t planning on getting. You’re torn between excitement and guilt, questioning your decisions all the way to the checkout counter. Eventually, the “high” wears off, and you just feel distraught over the money you spent. Does this scenario feel all too familiar to you?
Your shopping trips don’t always have to end with you tearing your hair out over your spending habits—not if you buy smart and avoid these seven shopping traps.
1. Caring too much about the size, not the fit of the clothes
Deciding not to get a top because it doesn't fit right is one thing, but disqualifying a piece of clothing simply because it’s not the size you want to be is a whole other story. You are not defined by your size, girl. Besides, every experienced shopper knows everything looks different off the hanger.
2. Buying because of the label
It’s understandable to want to add a little bit of luxury to your wardrobe; and there are some things you definitely shouldn’t skimp on. However, if you look hard enough, you could find affordable brands that offer good-quality fashion, too.
3. Swiping your plastic even when you can’t afford to
To avoid looking at your statement with furrowed brows and a heavy heart at the end of the month, you have to be more mindful about your purchases. Instead of relying on your credit card all the time, set a budget and withdraw that amount prior to your next shopping trip.
4. Shopping for the future, not the present
We all do it: We buy clothes in sizes we dream of being. But more often than not, those aspirational clothes don’t see the light of day; they just waste away in your closet until you throw them out a few months later. It’s okay to dream about your future lifestyle but remember to spend your money on things you need today.
5. Focusing too much on trends
Hey, we know what it’s like to get hooked on trends—god knows we have too many bell-sleeve sweaters already—but you have to be smart about it. Trends have their moments, sure, but will you still want to wear those plastic jeans two years from now? (Probably not.)
6. Disregarding accessories
You’d be surprised by how much power accessories have when it comes to tying a look together. The next time you feel the need to buy another black dress, think about how you can change the looks of the ones you own instead.
7. Being too impatient
Finding gold is rare, if not impossible; it takes time, energy, and a lot of patience. If you’re looking to invest in a statement piece, you have to be willing to hunt. Don’t just go where everyone seems to be flocking to. Keep your eyes peeled for uncrowded areas—you might just find your next signature lippie or fragrance there.
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