Buy now. Love forever.
Seeing past the allure of the fast-fashion fix can have longterm benefits. Six years on and I still love these Balenciaga boots.
I really really like fashion but I really really do not like shopping.
The reason? I seldom know what to buy. I find adding pieces to my wardrobe stressful. Maybe it's because my expectations are far too high. I want my closet to operate like a finely curated collection that works in perfect harmony - each piece pairing with the others effortlessly, none ever going out of style. That is my dream not my reality. Because when it comes to shopping I too often get blindsided by sales or trends and am left regretting my purchase, wishing I had just forked out the cash for a simple cashmere sweater instead of whatever monstrosity caught my eye in that heated moment of crazed sartorial desire.
Simple. Basic. Covetable.
That's what I like and it often doesn't find itself marked down 70%. That's why this holiday season I'm determined to steer away from the alluring sales and save for items that I truly love instead. I know what makes me happy when it comes to getting dressed and it isn't the heavily discounted items I've purchased on a whim.
To help solidify my determination to avoid the holiday sale madness I got some advice from Chase on how to save effectively. Their new all mobile bank Finn recently launched in St Louis. It was designed specifically with millennials in mind and makes saving and keeping track of your finances super easy and intuitive. Check out our tips below and join me in avoiding the December sale madness.
Saving Strategies to Help Maintain Laser Focus in Light of Sale Madness:
1. Choose something to save for
- It doesn't have to be massive like a new house or car... a Gucci t-shirt perhaps or a summer holiday to Italy. That sounds realistic and doable to me.
2. Keep track of your expenses as wants vs. needs
- Use a tool that will help you do this easily. Finn by Chase lets users mark their expenses as needs or wants and you can even mark them with a like, frown or angry face emoji depending on how it makes you feel.
- Gucci t-shirt probably a want. Holiday to Italy... maybe a need?
3. Make a Budget and stick to it
- Be realistic about purchasing power. Keep an eye on your finances and know how much you can spend on different things (treats v. groceries) each month.
4. Make Saving Automatic
- With Finn, you can set your own autosave rules depending on your purchase. For example, save $5 every time you buy a coffee.
5. Pick the Right Tools
- Whether that's Finn, another app or just an old fashioned notebook, pick a tool that works for you and stick to it.
See you on the other side of sale madness. Hopefully with no regrets. ✨