Friday, November 27, 2015

Resisting Black Friday Impulse Shopping

Hi all, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, or just a nice Thursday, depending on where you live. I had a great day with my little family. It was cold and snowy all day, and we loved being warm and happy inside, cooking and eating together, and putting up our Christmas tree. 

Did you do any Black Friday shopping? Isn't it crazy how much the promise of a discount can make you want to buy more? I hate shopping in crowds, thanks to my 4-year stint working at a busy Walmart during college. I have no interest at all in getting up before dawn to fight for deals! But the online sales really test my resolve to buy less, and to shop thoughtfully. 

Audible had a bunch of books for less than $5 each, and I scrolled through the list. I definitely saw books I was interested in, but I remembered that I have several books in my Audible library, waiting for me to listen to them. Phew! I resisted that sale. I spent time scrolling through the Vans site, and saw some cute little shoes for my kids... but they outgrow their shoes so quickly right now, they don't need more than one pair of sneakers at a time. I didn't buy anything.

I looked at sale sewing patterns and fabric, but I know I have a large queue of projects and materials already in my house. I don't want to buy anything else until I've used up some of the things I already have.

So I resisted buying things that I don't need, but I wasted time on window shopping when I could have been hanging out with my family. I can do better.

One thing I've done is unsubscribe from most stores' emails. If I don't get the sale emails, I don't get the adrenaline rush that comes from feeling like it's now or never! I can calmly stick to my holiday shopping plans without wasting time looking through the sale pages. 

Next year, I think I will skip reading any blogs that tend to post sale information and links, unless I plan to buy new clothes at that time of year. It's so easy to get distracted and go off-plan when you are faced with temptation. So whenever we can, let's remove the temptation!

And now, a couple of outfits:

Red sweatshirt (I sewed it), corduroy skirt (I sewed it) and camel Frye boots. I love wearing stuff that I made myself, and I'm trying to improve my sewing skills, so hopefully you'll keep seeing better and better self-made clothes in my wardrobe.

Green tank, grey cardigan, denim skirt, and camel Frye boots. I love these boots! If you're on the fence about Fryes, try ordering a pair from Zappos. They have an awesome return policy so you can wear them inside for a year(!!) and as long as they still look new, you can return them for a full refund. So you'll have plenty of time to try them on, walk around your house, try them with different outfits, and make sure they're worth the money for you. 
My skirt is from Boden and if I could do it again, I think I'd buy one size smaller. I would love it more if it didn't flare out quite so far. But I still like it a lot. 

Have a great weekend!

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