Here is my 5 minute brain dump as part of this great series. Here goes …
Todays post is a bit confessional.
Hi, my name is Ameena, and I am addicted to buying things for BiP.
How’s that for an intro? Hmm… well, the worst part is that I’ve also been cursed with, what I called the “Golden Eye”. I love expensive things, not because of the price tag – it’s just the way things go. Urgh!
When I was pregnant with BiP I did loads of research on what she would “need”, I decorated her nursery to almost catalogue perfection and then I realised it was all for ME. She doesn’t care. She still doesn’t!
Anyway, today there was a table top sale for kids things; clothes, toys and equipment. So I decided to go down and hunt out some bargains as I had that itch to buy but couldn’t justify the expense!
I was shocked when I discovered mothers with kids a bit older than BiP who clearly suffer from the same condition as me! I was in for a winning streak! Brand new, or worn once, clothes for peanuts!
One woman cautiously asked me for $3 for a Ralph Lauren knitted jumper that had never been worn. I didn’t have the heart to haggle with her. I paid her and vowed that I would try my hardest not to end up in the same position in a few years. I have already sold things I bought for BiP in error and made substantiel losses.
I feel a new addiction coming on with these sales. At least it won’t break the bank!
How do you curb your shopping urges when it comes to your kids?
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It is a slippery slope when it comes to kids and shopping. isn’t it? Now that I have a daughter…I want to buy everything I see that is cute! I am trying to do more consignment shops and trying to buy in season items instead of getting things for next year just because they are a great price! So hard though…
I doubt I’d have the same problem if I had a son!!! 🙂
We call that champagne taste on a beer budget! Haha! I totally hear you, too. I go shopping, find stuff I love, look at the price tag and then cry inside because it’s too expensive. Having twin girls makes it even worse sometimes. Haha!
Oh I love that! Yes, definitely a champagne taste here! Twin girls? Oh my! I’d be bankrupt!
I curb my shopping by going waste-free for a year and deciding not to buy anything during that time! LOL, i will let you know in a year!!! 🙂
Good idea! Very good idea!
I have always loved bargain shopping. Yet, I shopped like a mad woman for my first child too.
But, then the twins came along and well, that changed things. Shopping for three gets super expensive super fast. Luckily, I am now in hand me down heaven. Especially with the new baby. And barely have to shop at all except for the oldest.
I do have to say I wonder what it will be like if I have an another girl one day – BiP has the most amazing wardrobe already and I’ve kept all of it!
Hand me downs are great – sadly I’m not the recipient of many – I do a lot of handing down though!
How do I curb my spending urges? Hmm. Well, I look at my bank account. Since becoming a stay at home mom, we have less money to spend on all the things that I used to so easily buy on a whim. I find that if I ignore my bank account, I buy more so I make it a point to, every so often, check and see where we stand before making purchases. It’s tough, but I’ve learned a lot from the process.
Oh, and I should say that I think a few indulgences here and there of a person on my tight budget are totally fine and necessary. I love baby/toddler fashion, so when I can, I love buying cute dresses, accessories, etc. just for fun! Our kids deserve it and, well, it’s fun (did I say that already?)
LOL! Yes, a quick check of the bank balance does help!
I have to admit I do often sell a lot of BiP’s stuff on eBay so I can get some pennies in to buy other things. 🙂
I love buying stuff for the baby, but since everything is so expensive here (typically $40 new for one item of baby clothing) I can hold myself back. But at the markets…we came back with 5 things, all for her because she looks so cute in everything of course…
I do wonder if moms of baby girls spend more … 🙂
Do baby girls’ Mums spend more? No they don’t! 🙂 if you go by me that is.. only yesterday I had a couple of hours of shopping freedom while cheri spent time with his son, and, well.. I came home positively guilty with loads of pretty clothes for my 9-month old little prince!
It really makes no difference to me whether it’s a boy or a girl, for a boy you don’t buy cute dresses, but funny t-shirts, cool trousers, cute coloured hats and striped socks, lovely winter coats.. and I could go on.. 😉 He is soooo cute, our “petit mec” 😀 I now have to find him an outfit for his grandparents’ wedding (!) and I am more excited about this than about choosing one for myself.. Actually, I get a bigger kick of dressing him now than myself 😮
So, don’t you worry; girl or boy, dressing up your baby is just such fun!
And, btw, nice blog 😉 some posts I couldn’t agree with more!
Hahaha … There are some super cute baby boy clothes! Sounds like you have a stylish “mec” 🙂
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