What You Need Vs. What You Want
There’s always a common question about whether you absolutely need to buy an item of clothing that you locate, fawn over and eventually pick up and take to the checkout. The battling thought process of “Do I buy it or don’t I?” weighs on all of our minds as young shoppers, but when is it not the right time to buy something? My answer is never.
This quote is almost chilling, isn’t it? Let this be a lesson to you all. Buy it now or forever cry into your pillow over what you could have worn those leather knee high boots with. I speak from experience. As an avid spokeswoman for Buy it now, cry about having no money for food later, I know that it’s hard to let go and return an item to the wrong rack just to be spiteful. I do however feel that it’s important to pick your battles with the aisles. Although, if you’re anything like me, any trip to your favourite retail store is always a battle.
As a university student, shopping was an extremely emotional task as I was forced to look at items that I simply couldn’t afford. The overall experience of it, although traumatic, moulded me into a stronger person and because of it I have learnt just how to differentiate between what I want and what I need.
As a shopaholic, I try to use a three step system when purchasing goods. These rules apply particularly when in the queue to pay for items. These three steps are:
- Analysis: Does the item go with anything that I already own?
- How often might I wear said item?
- And finally, acceptance: i.e. “I do not need this item” or the more common “Okay, I’m going to need one in every colour”.
Unluckily for me, I very rarely go through stages 1 & 2 and instead skip right ahead to 3. The real key to knowing what you need versus what you want is your inner strength and an ability to say no. Inner strength, something that I lack when in retail stores, is fundamental when determining whether the length of a line is worth that last discounted jumper in your size. Something I’m certain we’ve all experienced in the queues at Primarche.
Although I’ve probably made all of your addictions to shopping far worse, I hope that this was helpful. Log onto your favourite online store and order those shoes you’ve tucked away in your saved items, do it before the shops even open. I promise it’ll be exhilarating.
I say this with love. Shop happy and responsibly of course.