October 16, 2014
One of my favorite stores for the past few years has been Banana Republic. I’ve had a store credit sitting in my wallet for almost a full year now and I’m tired of looking at it. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve popped into the store to see if anything caught my eye, just so I can use up that blasted store credit. And while I can always easily find something that catches my eye, I’ve had to put them back again and again. Because I’m still doing The DH Closet Challenge, so I’ve had to wait until I really found a wardrobe hole and had a genuine need for something new. A need that was bigger than just to shop to use up a store credit.
And after months of waiting, I was finally ready to spend my store credit. And even better, the store was having a sale, 40% your purchase. At first this sounded like a great time to shop! I can get more for my money, because the savings is off of my total purchase. And as I wandered the store, determined to finally spend every last cent of my store credit, I ran into a problem. I only wanted one knit top. Every time I picked up another top, it just didn’t “sing” to me and I would place it back. So I scampered off to the sale rack, surely I would find something there to use up the last of my store credit right? Nope, nothing spoke to me there either. So then I tried to change my focus, instead of considering the top I really wanted, I started looking at other tops. Tops that were cheaper and would let me get ‘two tops for the price of one’ by shopping the 40% off sale.
Then the light bulb went off!
You see, I’ve been trying to reduce the overall number of items in my wardrobe, for quite some time. And after many months of deliberation and rounds of purging it’s finally clicked in my head that every single time I purchase something that doesn’t sing to me, I end up with an item that ultimately gets donated, while it is still in prime condition. So this time, I was determined not to continue making the same mistake. So I selected only the top I really wanted and a bottle of travel spray instead. Maybe I didn’t walk away with ‘two tops for the price of one,’ but at least I walked away with what I really wanted.
Do you let your desire or the store credit/gift card drive how you shop?
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