Guilty Shopping

3rd February 2010 6 Comments

The other day I looked at my current favourite on line shop ASOS and did that thing which we all do. I filled my virtual shopping basket with, oh, about £150 worth of shoes, dresses and tops. Not an unreasonable amount, I mean I go to work, so why not? Then I broke out in a cold sweat, hmmn, perhaps I should be a bit more frugal. Ok, assess each item. Those shoe boots, well they do have a four inch heel, they are quite glamorous, I do love them, look! They are just like Sarah Jessica Parker’s. I dunno, they might look silly with the pushchair. Perhaps not. That lovely ‘to die for’ knitted dress, I love it. I dunno, I do have one. Anyhow, I narrowed it down to about £50. It was nearly 11 o’clock at night. Sod it, can’t be bothered now. The shopping frenzy moment has passed. Back to the old student clothes.

Then yesterday an email popped into the box. Upto 80% off Frugi sale. Frugi are one of my favouritest clothes shops. For my children. They sell nice ethical, organic clothing. Some of it can be a little bit twee, but on the whole its lovely. 80% off, another cold sweat. I. MUST. SHOP. After all, the children don’t already have so many clothes their wardroobes are bursting at the seams, thanks mainly to my lovely friends Louise and Jenni. But 80% off. Anyway, the upshot of his was a £70 spend. Lots of things for next year, so that justifies it. Think, I’m saving hundreds of pounds.

This brings me to the real point of this blog. Why can I not justify spending anything on myself at all? Not even a chocolate bar. BUT, I can spend hundreds of pounds over the course of the year on clothes, toys, magazines and books for my children. I don’t think I am alone. I know plenty of bag ladies whose children are dressed in designer togs and travel in the poshest of prams. It’s one of those parenting Guilty Secrets and something I need to tackle. From this moment on, expenditure will be on ME, ME, ME (with a little bit on the hubby- but he is more interested in brewing real ale and watching football anyhow)…

Claire Walsh

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  • Karin @ Cafe Bebe 3rd February 2010 at 10:09 am

    I feel your pain Mrs. The other weekend we went to an outlet mall and hubby got £100 worth of work clothes as he really did need them. I was jealous as there's really no reason for me to have anything except for the fact that nothing fits properly and I feel like a schlump. I spend virtually everything on Little Miss and hardly anything on me and it gets a bit annoying some times. Amazing

  • Ang 3rd February 2010 at 10:15 am

    I'm exactly the same, will spend spend on the kids, but never on me

  • urbanvox 3rd February 2010 at 2:35 pm

    same here… only time I ever spend anything on me is when I REALLY need it… and that after suffering a bit…<br />what&#39;s wrong in this sentence??? 🙂

  • Metropolitan Mum 3rd February 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Ahem. I would love to join the chorus and sing a little &#39;oh yes, me too, I feel your pain&#39;-song. But since I posted about being worse dressed than my baby, I am doing very well. I am spending money on myself. I am taking time off, pay the babysitter and go to Starbucks. My daughter still loves me and after a few hours completely for myself, I have new energy and enthusiasm looking after

  • miss leslieanne 3rd February 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Oh I so know where you&#39;re coming from.<br /><br />I talked myself out of buying a top for a FIVER in a a sale the other day.<br />It was pretty, but I reasoned that a. £5 = half a pack of nappies, and b. i hardly ever go out now, so can probably live without another sequinned vest.<br /><br />Practical, yes. Bit boring though :(<br /><br />*and* i spent all my boots points on baby clothes

  • mummywhisperer 5th February 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Ok, so within sensible limits (i.e not getting into debt, or partying like a teenager), I believe it is wise for us Mums to put ourselves first. <br /><br />So I would recommend sitting down and thinking ….<br />- why would it be good for the kids if I bought some new clothes – e.g. does it provide them with a good example, will it actually make a difference to your confidence levels?<br />-

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