The Perils of Shopping

24 01 2010

Flat 50% off! Flat 30% off! Upto 60% off.. Sale sale sale..Every retail store, every branded store is flaunting highly irresistible discounts these days. Do you fall prey to these predatory brand sales or do you desist? Isn’t it hard to shut out the temptation of buying new clothes or new accessories? You want to shop till you drop?? After all in this age, it’s a very apparent fact that we pay a lot of attention to looking smart, looking good. We are a brand conscious generation. Minimalism I feel is absent.

Not being preachy, but just being on the level of sharing my personal thoughts I jotted down certain points which lead us to buy stuff

Impulsive buying. “That silver shiny bag caught her eye and she had to buy it” impulsive buying, buying without having any utility. Reminds me of Rebecca Bloomwood in “Confessions of a shopaholic” ๐Ÿ™‚ The girl in the green scarf had to buy the green scarf ๐Ÿ˜€ Impulsive buying is nothing but unplanned buying. It is buying without understanding the need for that specific commodity or clothes or accessories

Getting bored. In a city like Bangalore, where we do not have many options of killing time, we end up buying stuff every weekend, the key is to ask “Do I really need it?” Rather than merelyย  shopping as a filler.

Having Surplus Pocket Money. Instead of splurging that surplus moolah in a inutility, invest the sum elsewhere for better returns

Obsessed with clothes/accessories etc I have observed some peoples’ obsession with clothes.I had this friend once, she would shop to her heart’s content and then every single dress she had bought would be seen lying around in dirt after a week or two. What a shameful sight it would be. Certainly one which made me think there are so many people in our country below the poverty line. For Gods sake if you don’t want to use the dress anymore, donate it at least and do a good deed.

Credit Cards. I like to keep just one Credit Card while I have seen many people having as many as 7 to 8 cards. Gosh! Plus the credit limit on each card gives such a bad illusion to you that you can just go on being a spendthrift. Another friend of mine every month used the full credit limit on her card and when I asked her about how she repaid the due amount, she revealed that she paid interest :O I was just dumbfounded. Interest on the credit card might seem a small liability but it might eat out on your finances in the long run. So one should beware of the lurking danger of credit cards

Being shopaholic is mostly associated with women. It gives some women a high to shop even for little accessories. That pair of chic heels or a jazzy top ๐Ÿ™‚ might lead to soaring levels of endorphins(feel-good hormone) While for some shopping is a hobby, it does have its own perils and needs to be kept in check.

And also not the forget the various brands market themselves. Levis for example, has introduced a scheme wherein you can buy a certain pair of jeans in EMIs ๐Ÿ˜› Now isn’t that a good way to lure potential shoppers?

Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like. ~Will Rogers

What are your takes on being a shopaholic?




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