It's All About the Money, Money, Money
I was scrolling my Instagram account as I looked for anything cute to buy. Yes, anything. I would buy a nice blouse or an outerwear or a pair of nice flips, you named it. I will buy it. After gave “love” tags to some pictures here and there, I moved to my virtual bank account to check whether it is quite enough to buy one or two stuffs. There, the moment I saw the number blurry.
Gasp, I was broke.
My money just enough to pay the admission fee next month. No nice blouse nor a cute flips. And I turned pale. Where did all my money go? Yes, where ALL OF THEM? Is there anyone stolen my money?
The other day, I started to “investigate” through the transaction history. And I found out I was a spendthrift the whole month. Not to mention months before, because I can check the history the current month only. So, it was me who stolen my own? Wow. I mean: W-O-W.
Well, I wasn’t a rich girl who has billions on my account. But spending those amount for only a month still terrified me. Then I took a note and listed down every single payment I’ve done. After that, I tried to figure it out what did I spend on. It took me forever to remember, by the way.
It such a hit on my face. I feel disappointed because of my own self. I lose all of my money, I didn’t have any for savings and of course I have to hiatus from shopping and all until I-don’t-know-when. Sigh.
Anyway, the stuff I’ve bought is (as you can guess) around clothes and make ups. Oh, there also several clothes for my kids but it is not comparable to numbers I had. So I dragged them out and count. Yes, they were so many. I even forgot I have a new black blouse—which I almost wanted to buy it AGAIN. Oh, and that lipstick too. How can I picked that bright red shade which I never like?
I could hear my evil self laughing out there.
I bet you, woman,—yes, I’m pointing at you, YOU—ever experiencing this too. You bought a blouse which you already had on your closet. Or you let a pair of pointed shoes with 7 centimeters heels on the box until your feet getting bigger. Or a tube of serum until it reach date of expired. Or went to the coffee shop twice a week with the same old apology: you need a proper treat to relieve your pre menstrual syndrome.
For some people, all those unused stuff cab be thrown away to a garage sale. You can reselling them and it turns out to be money again. But how much money you can get? Preloved stuff usually sold at ten to fifty percent cheaper from the original price. Furthermore, it takes sometime until all the stuffs is sold. Not to mention the space you need to keep them all.
I agree about the point that we have the rights to indulge our self anytime. But spending too much money and too many times self treatment is not acceptable. It’s an apology and we often denial about this.
don’t want this to be happen again to me. So from that moment, before I buy
something unnecessary—it’s usually clothes or anything but tempting enough—I
always have myself run to the closet to check whether I really need it or not.
Since I prefer minimalist fashion style, I don’t need so many kind of clothes. It’s usually monochrome in color and simply nice in style. And I want all the clothes to rejuvenate only once in three or four years. One thing to notice, the clothes have to be good in quality so it will be live longer. It doesn’t require any brand, but make sure it’s really made fine.
I even have one black sweater that I’ve bought on 2009 with my first salary. Yes, it’s been eight years. But it’s still in shape, not faded a bit (still deep black just as I bought it at the first time) and IT’S NOT A BRANDED STUFF. But it’s not cheap tho. When I touched it, I could feel it’s a good quality knit sweater. And it is.
It’s also applied to make up things. I have a foundation which I wear it in daily basis. It’s a foundation with serum and it’s so good. I even don’t need to wear face powder anymore. And yes, it’s a foundation from a branded cosmetic. It’s better before you buy a cosmetic to try the tester on you to find out whether it’s good or if you have an allergic on it. And don’t forget about lipstick. Don’t buy it if you don’t really like it.
So it’s better to buy something good with finest quality. But first, make sure you are really need it. I know how tempting all the cute clothes on Instagram. And how hard it is to keep yourself straight on—and maybe you surrender many times. If you need, list down all the clothes you have and try to figure it out what kind of clothes you still need to buy. You also can try to mix and match to find out. For example, if you already have three pieces of jacket, then skip all the jacket sections.
Now, I feel way more relax when I take a look at my closet. Declutterd also very helping when you want to eliminate unused clothes. I feel have no problems if I have to wear those kind of clothes over and over. I can match them and the important point is I feel comfortable with it. No big deal.
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