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I’m Feeling the Urge to Shop

Woman putting on her lipstick in a park with U...
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Did you ever notice that when you really need to save money, or be on some sort of budget, that’s when the shopping urge comes to town?  I’m not a crazy shopaholic (despite what my recent lipstick purchases might otherwise suggest).  I work from home, so I don’t often shop for new clothes or shoes.  I think I typically spend my money on books and smelly body products if I spend it on anything.

But now, tell me that I can’t spend any money or put me on a budget of sorts and blamo, I want to spend a small fortune on things. I’m feeling the pull of online shopping!!  The power is weak in this one.

Right now I’m coveting dresses of all things.  I rarely wear dresses (or get that dressed up), but I joined a networking group where the ladies tend to get all dressed up.  So of course, I think I now need to buy dresses (logic, I tell ya).

I’m also on a bit of a mascara kick.  I’ve decided that I don’t wear make up often enough to warrant spending the big bucks on high end mascara.  So I’ve been testing out all the drugstore versions to see if I can find a favorite (I’ll blog about it once I try a couple more).  Of course, by now I’ve spent enough that I could have bought that Lancome Definicils already.  But that’s not really the point here.

I’m also considering some new shoes and a new purse.  Thank you Coach for that 25% off coupon that I don’t intend to use.  Luckily, I know better than to spend $300+ just because I want a new purse.  I most certainly don’t need a new purse.  In fact, if truth be told, I’d much rather save that money and apply it to a 5th anniversary trip in May.  But that still doesn’t get rid of this urge to shop. 

So what’s a gal to do, pick up something small, but fun (like I need yet another lipstick) to curb the urge?  Or do I just hold strong and avoid all stores at all costs? Or should I just consider tonight’s splurgey Girls Night Out (nice dinner and a movie) as my spend for the week?

What do you buy when you feel the urge to spend?  What are you coveting right now – will you give in and get it or just covet from afar?