I belong to a few shopping websites and I’ve unsubscribed from most of the emails except for Rue La La. I also read fashion blogs and visit TJMaxx.com (their website is amazing, especially for active wear). I love shopping. Unfortunately, I don’t have any discretionary income. If I spend money on myself, it either comes out of my savings account or my monthly student loan payment. Sometimes these restrictions feel suffocating and I have the urge to go on a rebellious shopping spree. In order to satiate myself without setting my bank account back a few weeks, I play a little game with Rue La La.
I open every sale in a different tab. They have different brands and categories that go on sale for 2-3 days at a time, with new ones opening each day. Then I add anything I want to my cart. Even though I’m not going to buy any of it, there are still rules:
- It has to be available in my size. This makes it more realistic. If I put stuff in my cart that there’s no way I could purchase it wouldn’t be as effective.
- If I had enough money to buy it, I would. This rule is to weed out ridiculous items of clothing that are awesome in theory, but that I would never actually buy or wear in real life. It goes back to the point in #1 – this shopping trip has to feel real to work.
- Money is no object. This is where it’s fantasy shopping.
After I add everything to my cart, I go back with an editing eye like I would if I were really checking out. What would this go with? Where would I wear this shirt? Etc. Etc. Until I’m down to what I would actually buy if money were no object. Then I close the website. Here was my cart from today with a grand total of $1200 (brands and prices are in each picture caption):