I didn’t spend €300 on clothes

by Kelly · 2 comments

in Money & Spending

Although I really, really wanted too. The ‘soldes‘ or big sales are on right now in France, and there are lots of great reductions, up to 80% off in some cases. I went into one of my favorite stores the other day (mistake number one). I was only going to buy bread, but I ‘happened’ to wander through the clothes department, and saw lots of gorgeous, gorgeous things. I looked and touched and practically drooled a puddle in the aisle, but I didn’t buy anything.

Oh, it was so hard! The clothes were exactly the style that I love and suits me, updated Jackie K, and the prices were so good! But I think this is exactly where the problem stems from; we are so conditioned to think of prices as ‘good’ and reductions as ‘great’ that we have the reflex to jump on something when we see it on sale. At least I do.

I resisted temptation using two mantras. The first is something that my husband suggested when we were talking about my problem of impulse buying*: ‘Tell yourself you can buy it next month’. So I kept repeating ‘I can come back in February, I can come back in February, I can come back in February’ as I walked around. And I also repeated ‘I can’t buy clothes because I have to spend €800 fixing my doors, I can’t buy clothes because I have to spend €800 fixing my doors.’ That one, I even wrote down. I’ve found that writing things down really helps reinforce the message, at least for me.

*In a very relaxed, non-argumentative way, and I was the one who brought it up.


1 Sophie January 17, 2008

Hi!My name is Sophie and I am French, I live East of Paris, where they make champagne :-)We're in debt too, mostly mortgage, but 16.000 non-mortgage but used to pay for the frais de notaire when we bought the house.I would love to correspond with you, as I am frugal too and need encouragement in this journey… We are renovating our home with almost no money and it's hard!Hoping for your [email protected]

2 Chris Roland June 24, 2009

This is a great way to control spending. My wife and I do basically the same thing, but instead of fixing a door we say, “Well this can pay off x debt”.

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