I receive all these emails from Groupon and Fab.com, J. Crew and Kate Spade, on a weekly/daily basis. But you know what, I delete pretty much every single one of them, even before I get out of bed in the morning. Then I get to work and I delete more shopping-related emails. They're not necessarily junk to me but I do NOT need them. I do not need all the products featured in their deals and I am happy with what I'm working with right now.
I used to love the more expensive stuff, you know the designer brands. But after some time, I realized that they're impractical. Those bags are heavier than what I actually want to put in them and would probably make my scoliosis worse. Those shoes are stiffer than bankers boxes (the good kind) and can give me blisters right when I try them on. The clothes are dry clean only and knowing myself, I would only wear it once and wait 3 months to take it to the cleaners because I have other clothes that I can wash and wear anytime.
I've also learned to not buy something because it's inexpensive or trendy. Inexpensive usually means that the quality is not as good but it can also mean that you got a pretty good deal. Mint pants for $80 that I will wear thrice in a month vs $30 mint pants from Wetseal's sale rack down to $15 (+20% off)? You probably already know which one I bought. And just FYI, they fit pretty much the same.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE shopping, especially bargain shopping and I'm so happy my husband is too. We enjoy finding good deals together. When something is over $25, I start thinking twice about buying it and ask myself how often I will be wearing that piece of clothing. Honestly, my husband enjoys buying the more expensive stuff for me. He's very generous like that and probably because he knows that I wouldn't bother buying it for myself. ;)
So, how much have you been shopping lately? ;)