Monday, January 21, 2013

Are you a big spender? Or big saver?


I run this blog as a place to share my beauty and style adventures and of course with such great responsibility comes a lot of shopping. Looking for new items to add to my life and blog about along the way, sometimes it means wandering aimlessly through the stores to see what catches my eye. Indeed as beauty junkies we all have a method to our madness so here's the question:

Are you a big spender?
Or are you a big saver?

BBW Small Candle pyramid
BBW Candles | Original : $12.50 | Sale: $3.13

This thought briefly floated through my head as I stood in line waiting to pay for my 3 Bath and Bodyworks candles, ones that I have waited for almost a year to go on sale again (I don't go in there very often so it's usually a case of luck). Happily hugging my little treasures close, I had scored these at -75% off and I was in all honesty quite smug with myself being being so good. I revel in finding a good deal and it's rare I would buy anything unless it's on sale. Yet I've been known to drop it all down for a Chanel foundation or in the case of my biggest purchase, my Clarisonic.


The Shopping Diet

I recently found this book on the shelves of my local library and perked up right away at the title. The Shopping Diet? No it's not a lecture about how irresponsible you've been with your money or how much your should or should not be spending. It is however quite a therapeutic look into why people shop (especially the ones that can't stop shopping), how it functions in our lives and more importantly how to shop better. I adore Phillips' philosophy that you don't have to give up looking fabulous, in fact he encourages you to find that sparkle but to do it in a way that's affordable for your lifestyle and in a way that's versatile. If you love filling your life with pretty things (as I'm sure many of us do in various categories) then learn to do it efficiently because life's too short not to to be happy in your own way.

Hey, I'm not about to give up my passion for shopping anytime soon so I am absolutely ready to delve into this book!

12 comments:

  1. As you know I have a pretty tight budget and I don't have access to all the amazing beauty products that the rest of the world does, so I'm going to go with big saver. Every time I want to buy something I have to really think it through and save for either a couple of weeks or even months to actually take the plunge. Would be checking that book either way, I mean, who doesn't want to shop better, right? ^^ xx

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    1. I've made a point to carefully "plan" my hauls (goes with that new blog binder I showed earlier) so that I only have one big order a month at most. I do a lot of shopping online and its easy to forget how much money you've let slip away, so I take extra care to log everything.

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  2. That's a hard one because sure I buy things on sale but I still have way more lipsticks, foundations, eyeshadow, etc than I can use in a life time. I think to myself, I can buy 2 Maybelline lipsticks for the price of one mac lipstick. Eventually they all add up. It's a sickness. Let us know what you think about the book when you're done!

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  3. I love a great bargain but I'm willing to shell out a lot of money for something top notch. However I'm not the type to buy a jar of La Mer because I just don't believe anything in a bottle could be that good for your skin. I think my problem is that I love good bargains too much sometimes so I tend to buy a lot of sub par products, so this year my resolution is to buy only a few select cosmetics/skin care that work well and stick to them.

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    1. I'm definitely on the same boat as you when it comes to "bargain" shopping. I'm often sucked in by the good deal rather than the product itself so you can't count me in as your support for shopping smarter this year!

      PS. Some beauty products are just so ridiculously overpriced, I mean what in the world is in there? Special magical dust from the milky way? At that point, I'd probably just go back to more natural products.

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  4. I'm a saver, I only buy things that I actually need rather than want... although for the past month or so I have been spending a lot more - though I do feel really guilty about it too. i like a good bargin, but I always think to myself if I actually need it and when i would use it.

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  5. I'm more of a saver and bargain shopper. I love finding great deals on nice things knowing that I didn't have to break my bank. ;)

    Love your blog! Now your newest follower via greader.

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  6. I think this is a wonderful post, especially for us girls. I am probably a bit of both, but I am more so of a bargain hunter and will rarely ever make a purchase on an item unless it is on SALE! Makes me feel better about myself and my bank account. It's really about shopping smarter and being patient to find the best deals around :)

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    1. It definitely takes a lot of patience and "training" to resist the lure of those beauty stands but being a smart shopper is so important in all aspects of life.

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  7. Hey there, how much does the book cost?

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    1. Just check Amazon, looks like its $13 Cad!

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