For many years now, i've been studiously squirrelling my money away. Why bother buying new stuff when the old stuff still works or is wearable, no? Who cares if stuff seems mismatched, there's no need to change. It's a lot more fun to see money grow.
Then, came the era of self-indulgence. Suddenly, shopping just makes sense! What other activity can achieve so many things all at one go? I can do my little bit to help the Malaysian economy move, i get to show myself lots more love, fill up spare time, catch up with friends, look good, feel good, feel in control over something eventhough the month end bills don't feel controllable at times, and i get to relieve whatever pent up stress i feel for work which i am beginning to really despair over. My job sucks eggs big time *wail*. Must shop more.
My shopping mall adventures usually occur only once a month. My usual partner in crime, dubbed Glads to sort of maintain her privacy, has a serious case of shopaholism and is one of the best ppl to shop with coz we have similar budget-taste in clothes/accessories. Sure, we don't mind splurging once in a while to get a really really to die for expensive items like our levi's, but usually we adore spending hours and hours trawling through cheap shops at low-end malls looking for hidden gold. The difference between me and Glads is that she tends to shop very often, whereas i do my once a month thing. My usual trauma to my pocket is RM300-RM500, but i'll be dragging home at least 12 items for that price. Wish wish wish wish wish i had a camera with me to take pics of my buys every time. Dresses, shoes, sandals, belts, earrings, bags, ... the list is endless!
This month my shopping with Glads dan my lovelies kawan-kawan totalled to only RM40 for 3 pairs of shoes/sandals. Isn't that cheap? I'm secretly completely relieved that i could control my shopping this time coz i'd already blown RM250 on books this month. I blame it on the book fair held in the building right next door to my office building for 2 weeks. 14 books is a good steal though so i'm happy
There are problems that come with retail therapy. For one, now the numbers on my bank acct balance aren't moving as fast as they used to. To many ppl, rm500 a mth is nth, but to me it is a lot. Remember i used to spend near nth for years on shopping. Two, although my dressing has improved a wee bit, i'm getting more eager to shop more agressively in order to get it better faster, so this is an escalating in addiction sort of hobby. Three, i am running out of space! I started my shopping spree in April, which is also the month when i had massive spring cleaning in my bedroom. Now it's only October and again i need to filter through all my books and clothes so i can make space for new ones. Nooo... i hate throwing out stuff...it takes so much time and effort to do so and i can never really throw out my stuff... but i have to do something soon because my room is in a total mess right now with stuff stacked up everywhere. Aiya so many problems, c'est terrible!
hmmm... so stressful... now i feel like shopping again....