How often do you treat yourself to something really special? When it comes to fashion, a lot of us try to save money as much as possible. Even if you buy something designer, if you know you’re getting some money off, it gives you a warm, almost smug, in-your-face-consumerism feeling. Let’s face it, if you’re anything like me then most of the things you buy are unlikely to be lifetime purchases. They might last a few years at most but fast fashion is what’s affordable for me. But what if you were to allow yourself a super special purchase now and then? A top quality handbag or an exquisite ring? I’ve recently been splashing out on luxury items and keep getting asked how I’m affording it. If you’re thinking about treating yourself, have a look at these things you could do.
Set Yourself a Budget
Even for a special, money is no object, one-off purchase, like most people I’m unlikely to have unlimited funds. There are reasonable amounts of money to spend, even when you’re thinking about buying something expensive. The question is, how much is too much? It’s a question that really only you can answer. Everyone has different ideas about what’s reasonable to spend on different, purchases, even if it’s something that you want to last you a lifetime. One thing’s for certain, and that’s that you shouldn’t spend money you can’t afford. Set a budget that you’re comfortable with before you start shopping. I always like to remember what Jay Z once said – You can only really afford something, if you can pay for it twice.
What Are You Going to Get Most Use From?
If you haven’t decided what you want to treat yourself to yet, have a think about what will make you happy. What have you always wanted to buy but haven’t because you felt you couldn’t justify the purchase? Don’t just think about what you think looks good, though. Instead think about what sort of thing you’re going to wear or use the most, that way you’ll feel like you’re definitely getting your money’s worth. As a fashion purchase, it doesn’t have to be something practical, but I still think it shouldn’t be something that you’re going to end up leaving in your wardrobe for a long time. If you want something you can wear a lot, consider a piece of jewellery, a pair of shoes, or perhaps a coat or jacket. Maybe even some quality underwear!
Think About Getting Something Custom Made
If you’re going to make a really special purchase that you’re never going to repeat, you might as well get something totally unique. Getting a bespoke item means you can have your own input about how it’s designed and what’s more special than that? There are loads of different things you can customise, from shoes to bags, but jewellery is easily one of the most customisable things. You can have a look at Jaubalet Paris for custom ring ideas. It’s worth noting that most big designers also offer a monogram-ing service so you can make that designer item just that bit more special.
Dealing with the Guilt
When you’re looking at expensive things to treat yourself to, like me you might feel slightly guilty. I mean, that money could be put away for a rainy day. Some people can happily spend any amount of money without worrying about it, even if they can’t really afford to. But others feel guilty about spending a lot, even when they can afford to. If you do feel a bit guilty, you don’t have to let it stop you buying something for yourself. If you can afford to spend the money, look at your purchase as a worthwhile investment. And tell yourself that you deserve it, because you do!
The Benefits of Treating Yourself
Treating yourself to something expensive has some great benefits. Firstly, it can make you feel great. A bit of retail therapy isn’t necessarily bad, and wearing your new purchase can make you feel more confident too – and who doesn’t want that! Spending the money on something you want can also help you feel more adult and also like you’ve achieved something. There’s something about buying something that’s of excellent quality that makes you feel more grownup.
Everyone deserves to treat themselves to something special sometimes, even if they only ever do it once. What’s the one thing you’re saving for and would love to splash out on?