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How to Splurge Responsibly

how to shop splurge responsibly

The word “splurge” may call to mind a large, unplanned, impulse buy, and many splurges may occur under those circumstances. But splurges can be planned, prepared for, and worked into your spending plan. Let’s look at how:

Research

If you’ve decided that a Valentino dress needs to join your wardrobe, do loads of research on available styles, materials, colors, sizing variations, possible outlets for purchase, and return policies. Then evaluate when, how often, and with which accessories you’d wear the dress. Think carefully about how your purchase will be used. Often times, the item that sparks your initial feelings of object lust – be it a frock, handbag, piece of jewelery, or pair of shoes – may not actually work for your wardrobe, figure, or dressing needs. A splurge needn’t be an item that sucks loads of money out of your bank account, then languishes unworn. Do your research first. read more

Ownership and Alterations

I’d wager that 90% of my fancy-pants designer stuff was bought used or on DEEP discount. And although I re-sell some items once I feel I’ve moved beyond them (or admitted to myself that they were mistakes), I’m perfectly comfortable altering just about anything I own without regard to how it will affect resale value. Or perceived value. Or cachet.

Here’s a very concrete example:

Long ago, I bought this Botkier bag on eBay and I got a good deal, but it was still relatively spendy. The eBay seller photos made it look dark pink, almost magenta, which was just what I was looking for. So imagine my surprise when it arrived at my doorstep looking for all the world like it’d been marinating in Pepto Bismol. read more

Reader Request: How to Work Well with Salespeople

Lovely reader Cat left this request in a comment:

I’d love to hear your take on shopping and sales-people … more specifically, how to deal/interact with them. How to not feel guilty or beholden and buy stuff you don’t need because you don’t want the sales person who helped you to feel bad, how to make good use of their talents and services, how to say “no,” how to say “later,” etc., etc.

Do you ever feel these pressures? With your mad shopping skills, I thought you might have some insight/tips. read more