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Saturday, 7 December 2013

When is a raven like a writing desk?

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Louche Julita-Country Dress: Joy
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Cardigan: Peacocks
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Shoes: New Look
I've bought quite a number of new things lately, which will probably come as no surprise to anyone. But the other day, I was standing in H&M about to head to the till with a handful of things, and something got me thinking about the strange perception of sales and bargains.

I'd bought some dresses last week, both of which I'd fancied for a while and would have probably bought them anyway, but I was tempted to order them then due to some Black Friday promotions which the sites had on. I guess, although they were expensive-ish, I saved some money with the codes, and really liked them beforehand anyway, so they can be considered bargains? Good buys?

So is something only a good deal when you would have bought it at a higher price anyway? I looked down at my armful of half-price "statement" necklaces and a sequin bra and pants (which I already have a very similar set of) and thought: wouldn't I be better off spending the £40 or so I'd have spent on these things, on something I really actually want, rather than just buying cheap things for the sake of it?!" 

I can see how it makes more sense to spend a little more on one dress which fits properly, is a flattering shape and the right length for me, rather than going mental in Primark in the £5-dress section because, you know, £5. 

So, for now, I'm going to try and focus on wearing some of the things I've bought because I love, or I already owned and love, and try to be more sensible with my spends in future. Let's just hope it lasts through the January sales, eh?

Am I the only one who does this? Stocks up on things I'll never wear because they're "cheap"?

5 comments:

  1. It's funny but though I like buying things in Primark, I am restrained in there. I will grab a whole load of things at first to try on because I think they look pretty and because I think they will look nice and they are made out of a fabric and have a sleeve-type that I know I will be happy in (e.g. I shun most of the polyester jumpers in there. Ideally, I do cotton) but when I take them to the changing room, I'll only end up buying one or two because I only want to buy what really fits or suits me there. And alot of it doesn't, but the things I do have from there, I really really like and wear lots!x

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  2. I used to go crazy in the sales, I'd only buy something if it were cheap even though I knew I'd never wear it rather than spending a little more on something I really loved. I'm trying to be better about that now because I've ended up with a wardrobe where I only wear half of the things in it!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  3. I'm definitely guilty of buying things I like because they're cheap... and then never end up wearing or using them- or even liking them much by the time I get home. I do try and spend my money on things I REALLY want more than just on impulse these days, but I'm such a bad shopper. Lol. I'm much more sensible these days. I used to buy so many clothes I never wore because I didn't like how I looked in them when I tried them on again at home... thank God, I've learned what suits me, and only keep something if I feel great in it these days! I must have wasted thousands over the years. Sounds awful when some people have nothing at all!

    Anyway, I love the outfit you're wearing; the colours look so good together and the dress has such an amazing print! Great choices :) x

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  4. ~I buy so many cheap things that I don't really want or don't even fit properly just because they're a 'really good deal' - it's a terrible habit and I would be much better investing more wisely but I can;t seem to stop myself!

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  5. I definitely do this too! I'm trying to curb myself a bit, especially with Primark and only really buy cheap tights and socks in there, then maybe the odd thing I like x

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