Tricia Lewis, Fashion Herald
Sometimes, like yesterday, I have to resort to calling a friend. No joke. I found the perfect pair of ankle boots at Mango but I've got bills to pay, so I called my husband who talked me out of the store. Seriously, the sales staff must have thought I was nuts. Sometimes, listening to your conscience and making that call for an outside opinion really helps. ”
Dianna Baros, The Budget Babe
“Blogging actually helps me shop LESS, but I imagine I'm the exception not the rule! When I blog about something I like or share a photo while I'm out window shopping, it's like I get to experience the item without actually needing to own it. Maybe I'm satisfied by virtual shopping? If I was a personal style blogger I'm sure this would not be the case. Also I feel like I'm too busy to shop for myself these days between running my site and being a mom. My advice? Snap a photo of something you love in a store or add an item to your cart online but don't check out. Wait 48 hours before you whip out that credit card and pull the trigger!”
Ashe Robison, Dramatis Personae
“I went into blogging with a lot of debt, and probably racked up a bit more during my first few years. My efforts to get and live debt free have REALLY culled my shopping habits back. I've never made haul videos or posts, because I don't want to contribute to mindless shopping. As someone who is an emotional shopper, that's been a tough battle to fight, but it's been worth it.
I window shop more than ever now, but I've gotten MUCH better about walking away from the full cart…It's hard when you're coveting the newest “IT” glasses or purse, and as I said previously in “Don't Get Caught in Blogger Peer Pressure” – I have the Prada Baroque glasses. I bought a pair of Valentino Rockstuds. It took me a year to get the balls to buy them, but I love them all the more because I “sat” on the impulse for so long. I knew I wanted them because I loved them, not because of my blogging.
It's been a hard balance to find – between mindlessly consuming, building a beautiful, versatile wardrobe, and remembering why I love fashion. I got so caught up in NOT buying impractical items, I forgot that there was a part of shopping and fashion I love, which is owning beautiful items.
So that's where I'm at now – buying for life, and buying truly special, truly beautiful pieces that I take pleasure in owning.
Going into debt, is stupid. One thing that's helped me is creating an actual budget line each month. I get X to spend on “wants” – whether it's clothes, books, or a new pair of shoes. Or, if you blog-part time, use any money you make from blogging to splurge on new items, and make that it. This way your blogging habit is fueling your ability to buy, not the other way around! You never want your shopping habits to be the fuel for your blog – that's a quick way to end up in a lot of debt and with a lot of unworn, unloved pieces.”
Jess Estrada, Fresh Jess
“OMG yes. How can you not go browsing when you're doing ‘research' for a post or attending an in-store event? It's hard, but just like any indulgence, being smart, conscious and aware of your habits is crucial. I like to apply the “24-48 hour rule” – if I'm still thinking about buying something 1-2 days later, I'll go back and get it. If my size is gone or it's sold out completely, I'm okay with knowing I had the patience to think about that purchase first.”
Cora Harrington, The Lingerie Addict
When it comes to playing it safe, I'm a big believer in putting things in my shopping cart and giving myself a “breathing period” to decide if I really like the item or if I'm just caught up in the moment.
If I forget about the thing I added to my shopping cart in few days, then it's really not for me; it was just going to be an impulse buy.
However, if I'm still thinking about that item weeks down the road, then that's a clearer sign that I truly love it and that I'd really wear it. I'm also a big believer in waiting until things come on sale and setting a specific shopping budget each month. If I wait around, and the thing I wanted sells out in my size, then it just wasn't meant to be. There'll always be a new item to covet, after all!”