What's Wrong with Me? Why Can't I Spend Money?Monique Frausto
Shopping is not for the weak! You either love it or hate it. OK some of you could probably care less about it. But, I love it! I think you already knew that. What you don’t know is I have a hard time spending money on luxury items.
Yes, you read that right. Even with the money, credit cards, or gift certificates in hand, I have a difficult time buying high-priced items. Here’s a perfect example: I have over $600 in gift cards for a luxury web site and I can’t bear to spend it! Aye! What’s wrong with me?
A good friend of mine told me that I deserve nice things and I should buy myself a great handbag or pair of shoes. But, in my head I’m thinking how many “decent” priced items I could buy with that. Why would I spend $300 on a designer bag, when I can get a couple of designer bags from some place like Marshalls? Sure they’ll be last season, but that’s OK. I can live with that.
Even when I worked at Nordstrom, I had all the luxury goodies right at my finger tips and I still couldn’t bear to pay full-price. Now, if it’s a gift that’s a different story. I’ll take that in a heart beat.
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that my mom was always budget conscious when we were kids? I love this woman, she’s a trained bargain shopper! Sometimes I’m so jealous of the sales she finds. Could it be in my DNA? Being a smart shopper in today’s society is very common and there’s nothing wrong with it. I just find it weird for me.
Now that I’m thinking about it, maybe it’s because I don’t “love it.” I have this theory that if you love something you should buy it…regardless of the price. If it was something I couldn’t bear to be without I’d definitely get it…right?