Hi everyone and welcome to the first edition to this new feature "”Frugal Friday”.
Each week I will give you tips for being a more thrifty chic. I myself know just how hard it is to stop those little impulsive purchases especially when I feel the following:
- Sad- perhaps a new pair of shoes will make me feel better?
- Like celebrating- something great happens so you tell yourself its ok to get buy yourself something expensive as a present
- Bored- lets see what’s on sale today
If you are like me you have probably felt like this before, if not many times before. At the moment for me it is mostly boredom and the thrill I get from getting something “new”. The most exciting part of all is when it comes in the mail!
One thing I have found this past week to help purge my spending habits is to get off mailing lists. I am not kidding- every morning my inbox is literally flooded by these I swear I am on every fashion shops (that ships to Australia) mailing list! Sometimes these just get so overwhelming I don’t even want to look at my inbox so I did 2 things:
(this is my inbox there is over 1000 emails tagged under my online fashion label!)
1. Created a Online Fashion label for some of these email through my Gmail account that acts as a filter for these emails. If I wish to check this box on any given day it is my choice not the advertisers!
2. Decided to Unsubscribe from most of these mailing lists. As of this week I have officially unsubscribed myself from Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Brands Exclusive, DNA Shoes, Fossil and a few others I can’t remember. I really need to get off the Shop Ruche and Modcloth ones as these are way too tempting!
After doing this I feel much better. I feel like I am making my own choices about what advertising I wish to read and receive and I believe this will help in making better fashion choices rather than impulse buys.
Sometimes being a fashion blogger I get so consumed in advertising (including from my favourite blogs!) that it all becomes too much. I start to want things I can’t afford which in-turn leads to feeling down and hopeless about my situation.
This is the reason I stopped reading some more “commercially driven” blogs as I felt like the fashion was unattainable to me(although it must be nice to get $300 shoes for FREE!)
This is only the start for me but I am hoping each week I can stick to my own advice and in-turn help other shopaholics try to tune it down. This doesn’t mean don’t buy – just buy quality vs. quantity and stick to what you need and believe in!!
Till next week.