I ventured out into the cold last night on a shopping spree. It’s a uncommon event for a Thursday night, but I wanted to get some early Christmas shopping done. My first stop was at Kohl’s where I had some major shopping scores, but, of course, my mind was buzzing with thoughts of personal finance.
Kohl’s is fun. I enjoy browsing the various sections. When I used to be in debt, Kohl’s was one of my favorite stores. I could buy to my heart’s content without spending too much per item. But after this shopping trip, it’s clear that thoughtless spending just doesn’t do it for me anymore.
The great spending debate
I’ve been casually wanting a new robe for awhile now. I have one that works perfectly fine (although it looks a little tattered after several years of consistent use), but I also want a silk one to add to my collection. I don’t need anything nice, just something soft and comfy. While browsing the aisles, I found one that I liked. It was deep purple and would be perfect for those summer mornings while getting ready for work. The price was around $13 (pretty average for anything at Kohl’s).
I stared at the robe for a long while, feeling the silk and wondering if it work would for me. Thirteen dollars isn’t much. I debated and debated and finally decided that I had a functional robe, why did I need another one (especially a low-quality one from Kohl’s)? Maybe becoming debt-free inspires a little minimalism in all of us. Before, I would have been completely okay with owning 3, 4, or 5 robes. Not anymore. One robe is all I need and it gets the job done just fine. Even though I could drop a measly $13 on a cheap robe, it’s not worth it to me anymore. Not only will it clutter my life, it’s just not necessary. It’s so funny how my thoughts toward spending and shopping have changed over the past several years.
I did have some other personal finance thoughts while meandering up and down the overflowing aisles of Kohl’s, but most of them were judgment’s of other people’s spending habits. I’ll save that topic for another post…
Just the bare necessities…
So what did I come away with? The bare necessities. I got two Christmas presents for two of my family members and … my wedding shoes! I just happened upon them, too. They are silver, short-heeled, and perfect (see picture at right)! The best part? They only set me back a mere $14.99! Which is by far the cheapest wedding expense I’ve had to date.
Do you feel that becoming debt-free breeds minimalism? If you have previously or are currently cleaning up your spending habits, do you think it will change your views on shopping permanently?