Retail therapy is a real thing. The idea that ‘new’ is always better isn’t just a line out of How I Met Your Mother – it’s actually proven. I polled over 300 people and 80% said that they thought retail therapy was effective – even if just in the short-term. So how do we combat the need for something new with the sensibility of being prudent? Here’s my golden rule for shopping.
Cost Per Use
That’s it! What is the cost of your product and how many times will you actually wear it. It seems simple and you probably think – yeah I already do it when I’m shopping. But do you really? Do you justify spending three digits on a pair of comfy track pants that you lounge around the house in all the time vs. spending three digits on a dress that you will wear once? Probably not, but you should.
Let’s break this down a little further. When I say I live by this – I really mean it. I found a dress at Zara that I loved last weekend but it was $90. Realistically I’ll likely wear that dress 3x. (In case you were wondering, it was a gorgeous maxi length black lace dress that is perfect for the holiday season and I would have absolutely nowhere to wear it to.) So my cost per wear is likely around $30.
Alternatively, I’ve often recommended these $100 leggings that I wear every week. I wear them when I run errands, when I go to a low-intensity workout class, and when I travel. Even if I wore them twice a month for a year – which is an understatement – that’s 24x. Bringing my cost per wear down to $4.16. So which item makes more sense to buy?
There are so many additional ways to save and bring that ‘cost’ number down. Using products like Shoptagr is a great little shopping hack that I love to use. You know those one-day sales that slip by you? Not anymore. Shoptagr is an app for your computer (or phone!) that helps you save money and it works on over 3000+online stores. I just add it to my Chrome browser and bookmark items that I like. Then I get an email if there’s a price change and I can even dictate what size I’m looking for – so I don’t get a bunch of emails when the XXS or XXL are the only sizes left. Yas!
I know it seems silly to spend a lot of money on basic things, but you have to think about investing in pieces that you will wear often. What’s the point of getting a white tee that you love – only if you have to replace it every 3 washes because it’s falling apart? It’s time we rethink our basics and be resourceful on those one-off purchases like special event dresses.
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