My teenage daughter's favorite activity lately is hanging out at the mall with her friends. She'll spend hours there on the weekends and come home with an assortment of multicolored shopping bags. Oh, and she'll usually be carrying some kind of beverage from Starbucks, too. Or as we call it - Starget. Or Tarbucks. (It's located in the Target store...) At home, she'll show me all the goodies she got, one at a time. It usually consists of fruity smelling lotions, candles (which I don't let her burn in her room), costume jewelry or the occasional shirt or pair of jeans. Once there was even a bra (gasp).
I gotta tell ya - my girl can shop! And she's actually a smart shopper. She rarely buys something if it's not on sale. And she's always got a purse brimming with coupons. She loves to cut coupons and loves a bargain. I'll never forget when she bought a fancy strapless dress for a school Valentine's dance at Macy's. It was marked down to about $8 and she couldn't have been more proud of her deal.
It all makes me wonder where she gets it from. I mean, I think I've created a teenage shopaholic! And now that I think about it, I'm fairly certain she gets it .... from me.
Take yesterday. I bought an $80 table. For $9. I seriously can't tell you how happy that made me. I had bought an identical one just days before on sale for $44 using a gift card I got for Christmas. I combined the balance from that card with a few coupons I got a few days later to buy a matching one to make a set. Then I saw this same exact table on a supposedly bargain furniture website for $90.
|My $9 bargain|
I have a hard time passing up a really good deal. I bought a gorgeous white tweed jacket once because it was on sale for $12. I have yet to wear it, though. Ummm, it doesn't fit me. But for $12? Really? I couldn't say no. Maybe one day I'll squeeze into it.
So maybe the jacket isn't the best example I can give of a smart buy. But at least I tried. And I suppose there are worse things I could be teaching my daughter, like spending money you don't have on expensive and extravagant things you don't need. So yes, I am admitting I'm a shopaholic. A frugal one, but a shopaholic nonetheless.