being a shoppaholic, without being rich..

Indonesia
October 6, 2012 6:34am CST
is that possible ? yesterday i went to shopping with my mom after a long time we are not doing this.. and i just shocked that, now, many clothes, like t-shirt and even a short pants, are all very expensive, more expensive than the last time we go to this shop.. a thin t-shirt is more than 100.000 rupiahs (+- $10, but its included as expensive things in my country because usually a thin t-shirt like that will be under $5).. i really want to buy all that dress and clothes.. they are very beautiful and its looks like my wardrobe need some change .. since i have not working (i'm still at the school age) so my mom still pay me for this (because i don't have any money).. of course i just buy a little (of course i'm not satisfied yet) because i don't want to waste my mom's money too much.. and then i got an idea to make this as a discussion.. maybe mylotters have a suggestion about this ? please share it .. Thank you :)
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13 responses
@Roserick (41)
• Philippines
6 Oct 12
yes this is possible... people who don't have self-discipline tends to buy and buy anything they want, even they are not rich. some uses credit cards thinking that they can pay it when they received their salary. without proper thinking, it is too late for them to realize that their salary for the next whole month is just enough for the payment of their dues. shopping is sometimes a way for us women to relax and enjoy life. but there are other cheap ways to enjoy life and relax.
• Kiryat Ata, Israel
6 Oct 12
You are so right. My grandmother used to make clothes by knitting wool. She looked at pictures from a magazine and copied as she understood how to follow the example. I think many old hobbies are forgotten and that's a shame. People can make things and they decide to just buy them and neglect their creativeness and skills.
• Indonesia
7 Oct 12
Its not that we neglect our creativeness and skills but we decide to buy what others make to do a business.. We also are busy with our own daily life and almost have no time to make clothes..
@stringer321 (2848)
• Kiryat Ata, Israel
6 Oct 12
The society and the media teaches us to love cloths that belong to a familiar factory. We see models in black and white films with passion and all...I think that's a lie. We need nice and comfortable cloths that can complement us. Those are not have to be from a familiar company. If you really want to feel good with yourself, you can try to create cloths you want to wear. Hey, you can go to a shop, see a cloth you want to buy and look what are the materials it is made of. Maybe you can get the materials from somewhere and make the cloth yourself. It will save you money, it will make you more satisfied with your skills. You created it. You can go to a tailor or a seamstress and tell them how you want to make the cloth. Maybe give them pictures and the materials... You have many old cloths you keep in the closet, don't you ? So, you can change their size, shape, create some new cloth. You can start by experimenting. It is not like you create the materials, you just need to sew.
• Indonesia
7 Oct 12
making clothes is really can save your money, but it can save your time.. i have so much to do in a day start from school, and then go to course, taking 'outside school' class, basketball club, etc. i can't have my time to make a clothes..
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• Kiryat Ata, Israel
7 Oct 12
I just came back from a tailor that lives near my neighborhood. I gave her five pairs of jeans to fix them to my size. 3 of them are Levi's brand. The Levi's brand is very familiar in my country. Plus, I gave her 2 t-shirts to fix to my size. All she charged was 190 NIS (New Israeli Shekel). With 190 NIS one can't even afford one new pair of Levi's jeans. It can start from more than 200 NIS. So I don't even create the jeans, I just give the materials to the tailor and she does the work for a lot less than shopping.
• Kiryat Ata, Israel
7 Oct 12
Thanks to you, I got the idea, I read the discussion and thought how to save money from buying cloths or even better, how to recycle old cloths for a lot less than shopping. So, thanks for the discussion. It really helped.
@adforme (2116)
6 Oct 12
Shopping for clothes can definitely break the bank. If I were you, I would look for sales and bargain brands. Some articles of clothing are too overpriced. All you have to do is get some classic styles of clothing that you can wear for a while such as a white buttoned down collared blouse, trousers in neutral colors, comfortable nonfaded blue jeans along with a few cute tops, and a couple of dresses, do some mixing and matching of these items; and you should get your money's worth.
• Indonesia
7 Oct 12
mix and match always do the best.. i always do that when i can.. thats why i just buy tee because it can match with anything .. but it seems like the price of tee now is already become expensive like others too.. maybe because inflation everywhere.. so sad..
@adforme (2116)
7 Oct 12
Always shop around for the best prices. You can even consider shopping online.
@GemmaR (8526)
6 Oct 12
I am certainly not rich, but I am one of those people who does love to shop so maybe I am one of the people you are talking about. I don't think that you have to be rich to enjoy spending your money; you just have to be realistic with regards to the shops that you go to. For example I like buying new clothes, but I always go to shops where the clothes are on offer for $2 each rather than the designer shops where you would be more likely to pay hundreds of dollars for the same thing. I can enjoy myself without having to break the bank, which I think is amazing.
• Philippines
6 Oct 12
i agree to you GemmaR. :D i always do window shopping.. i go to the mall and look for anything to buy. but i am always cautious and look for its price tag. when it's too expensive, i wont buy it on that day, instead, i will be waiting for the "SALE" wherein the price is reduced to 50%. if there is none available, its ok with me. after all, i can still surely find another thing to buy that is worth the money i have.
• Indonesia
6 Oct 12
yes thanks for the suggestion GemmaR and Rosesick.. i also always wait for the sale and discount and when its come, i usually buy more pieces than i used to buy too..
• United States
6 Oct 12
You could find a second hand store like I do and buy your clothes very cheap. I go to the salvation army and my jeans cost $3.50 and they are very good name brand jeans at that. I am like you can't spend other peoples money like that. I sure can spend mine though.
• Indonesia
6 Oct 12
yes.. but i can hardly find a cheap store like that here in my country.. so sad.. there is so many cheap clothes online but my mom said not to buy online clothes too because we don't know about the quality of that clothes....
• Indonesia
6 Oct 12
sorry, i can hardly find a second hand store like that in my country.. not cheap store..
@winterose (39922)
• Canada
8 Oct 12
you could be a shopaholic and not have a lot of money if you charge everything, but that is not a good idea, unfortunately, there are no good suggestions I can offer, unless you mom knows someone who can sew and maybe it would be cheaper to get clothes that way.
• Indonesia
8 Oct 12
sadly we are just move in to a new city and we haven't know someone who can sew good around here... maybe next time we will search for it..
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
7 Oct 12
I've noticed that a lot of items have increased in prices, including clothes. There is a particular brand that I buy my clothes from here in my country and I have been going back for the past few months to shop, only to come out empty handed. I used to be able to buy blouses for P500, which is roughly $12. But now their prices for blouses are around P900- P1200, that's $20-$25. Sure, the designs are really chic and elegant, which is the reason why I love this brand. But I can't afford them anymore. Even if they go on sale, it's still expensive since the cheapest would sell at P700 ($18 or so). With the increase in prices, I now only look forward to when my brothers come home from overseas since they bring home nice shirts for me.
• Indonesia
8 Oct 12
wow.. yeah.. i also do hope that sometime my family who live outside my country will come and brought me some nice clothes that not too expensive, but sure is stylish.. lol..
@riyauro (6430)
• India
7 Oct 12
Well I used to think like you when I was school. I never asked for anything from parents and i would go upset when father bought me something expensive because I know we did not have enough. We were not rich. And yes price of things are just booming but there is no pay rise. Wonder how to afford just the basic only. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
• Indonesia
7 Oct 12
you right.. and i think i have almost the same condition to you...now what i only need to learn is to accept what i have now and not asking for more when i can't have it ..
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
6 Oct 12
i don't know if you have thrift stores where you live but that is how i cure my shopaholic tenancies. i always find a great bargain. i found a very nice pashima scarf for a dollar!
• Indonesia
7 Oct 12
wow thats so amazing and i can't believe it.. just ONE dollar ? wow.. i really hope i can find the same too here..
@kokomo (1868)
• Philippines
6 Oct 12
You have you your allowance. You should be thrifty as much as you can for you to buy those shirts. It is quite difficult because you need a lot of time to earn but it is worth fulfilling if you will be able to buy that stuff that you are wishing for.
• Indonesia
7 Oct 12
yes.. even though my allowance is limited i still save some everyday.. but in the weekend i use the money to hang out to the mall with my friends.. so my save will be empty again.. lol..
@natliegleb (5186)
• India
6 Oct 12
it does not matter as long as you want to enjoy the life to the fullest and how you take it from there so spend the minimum and enjoy the maximum
• Indonesia
7 Oct 12
Yeah thats what i search .. *nod* But you know its so hard to do that.. Spend minimum then you will enjoy minimum too ....
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
6 Oct 12
Oh, definitely it is. A lot of us like to buy things either out of necessity or just simply to look and feel good, even if our budget is stretched to the max. This should be avoided though. A lot of people are now in debt because they failed to control their urge to shop. It's good though that you know the value of money. Just always bear that in mind and with good discipline, you won't be a shopaholic
• Indonesia
7 Oct 12
I know that being a shopaholic is not good but its just like a must desire to a woman.. When we see the beautiful clothes we are want to buy and buy.. We only need to control it, and maybe search for the low cost but high quality clothes :)
@prashu228 (25814)
• India
6 Oct 12
i know i know, especially for girls , we are more interested in shopping, but when ever we have to maintain a budget we feel so sad, so better make a plan , and buy some low cost clothes, dont worry after you start working you can buy what ever you what with out seeing the budget.
• Indonesia
7 Oct 12
prashu228 are you a girl too ? from your username i thought you aren't a girl.. LOL.. sorry ~ yes i want to buy a low cost clothes but they usually don't have a good quality as good as the more expensive one.. and thats what usually make me dissapointed..