Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sex And The City Shopping Game

Sex And The City Shopping Game

See which shopaholic Sex and the City character you are most like. It was a surprise to me to see that I was most like Carrie, the shoe obsessed shopaholic. It's funny because every since I started watching the years a few years ago, I never truly understood many of their lifestyles, but now looking back these girls truly are living the true life of "shopaholics". 

Story of my life!!

Along with my love of shopping, music has always been my second passion and come to find out I have people writing songs about me and I didn't even know it. This song is basically the story of my life. I've never heard or seen this artist, but apparently she knows all about me.  I wonder if I can get rich for this... You know what that means... MORE SHOPPING


Here are the lyrics to the song. All shopaholics sing along!

Dear Shopoholic

If I don't stop shopping, I'll end up a bag lady; a Fendi bag lady, but a bag lady..... 
-- Carrie from Sex and the City

Okay so I thought it would be a little fun to have some anonymous guest's write to me about their shopping woe's. So here goes it ...

Dear Ruby,

I am also a shopaholic. And i have a big confession!! I work for Leave the pack behind and today while at work in the main foyer of Niagara College, I noticed a gentleman at a perfume stand. Immediately my eyes drew to this interesting display and I inquired about what the stand was about. Well, to my surprise he was selling discount perfume at amazing prices. I mean this was an offer no girl can refuse, and it didn't help that this man was the most convincing sales man I've ever met (he could literally sell snow to a snow man). Now considering the fact that I was working I don't know how exactly I ended up spending money while making money, I purchased the most amazing perfume, Just Calvalli. So my question is.. how do I break this terrible habit when shopping is all around me, especially when I'm at work?

Dear hopeless shopohalic,

I unfortunately understand you, because quite frankly I am

You see everyone, this happened to me and it seems like shopping is attacking my life more than I can handle. I have come to the realization that I will only buy when necessary if I want to start saving for future plans. So with this shocking revelation I have now decided to cut all shopping as of March 10th. (I prolonged the date because I am going on vacation next week and vacation shopping is always the best) you can't blame me!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Retail Therapy...can't live with it, can't live without it

There is nothing like ha
ving a bad day and making it all better with a good 'ol trip to the mall.
Sometimes I wonder why people seek counseling when the mall is essentially a cheap and "inexpensive" way to cure all of life's problems. For those who you misinformed shopaholics retail therapy is defined as shopping with the primary purpose of improving the buyer's mood or disposition according to the folks at Wikipedia. To me this is the best form of therapy because both parties benefit from the outcome . To the buyer they leave the mall feeling a deep sense of bliss, knowing they just left with some really good purchases. To the retailer knowing in my humble opinion they just made someone's day a little better, while making their wallet a little less emptier. So in a world full of self -indulgent shoppers, is their really room, better yet any need for real therapists?!?! I mean don't get me wrong all those hard earn papers in school must have been a pain, but who really needs counseling when the mall is available. You may think I'm crazy, but I'm just being honest. Some may say I have Oniomania, but that's not something a little shopping can't cure : )

I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist.-- Tammy Faye Bakker

I couldn't have said it any better my self!

Sale: Friend or foe?

A bargain is something you can't use at a price you can't resist.-- Franklin P. Jones

So as I sit here reflecting on some of my recent purchases, I think about the joy that fills my body everytime I purchase an item on sale. So here's the issue, as a self proclaimed shopaholic, are sale's my friend or a foe? 

In my mind I'm buying these items because their on sale ( meaning they are cheaper than their regular price)Right?!?! So then why am I always caught buying more than I really need?Then feeling a deep sense of buyers remorse?

Here's the thing I have more than 50 pairs of shoes, a jewelry collection even Beyonce would be jealous of, and clothes to last me for years to come, but it seems like when it comes to a sale I just cannot refuse. So where do I draw the line between buying what I need at the time I need it? Or buying items for sale and then utilizing them later! 

There is just no winning.