After moving (bye bye wonderful management office that I took for granted), I thought for sure this is the opportunity for me to stop cold turkey... until my bf's mom graciously offered us the use of her address. Poof, there goes my determination. After a few weeks of 1-2 packages per week arriving at her doorstep, she mentioned that she was surprised at the amount of packages addressed to me. I don't believe she meant it in any way other than a passing comment. She's just honestly surprised because she's always thought I was cheap/stingy/frugal when it comes to money. In return, I was surprised at her surprise.
I suppose my purchases are nobody's business but my own, but I've never felt the need to hide my spending. I prioritize and spend as I see fit. Along the same lines, I suppose I've never broadcasted my spending to others either (aside from this blog) because people will notice what they want to notice. So I figured this was an isolated incident of one person's perception of my spending. That is, until my own mother made a similar comment a few days later. She remarked that cameras are one of the rare items that my stingy self has no problem spending money on. Huh, once again, I was left surprised.
The reality is, I wouldn't say I spend more than the average person (most of my online orders are returned), but I'm also not cheap to the point where money has to be pried from my hands (those were the exact words my mom used, lol). So what do these two women see that I don't see myself? Then it hit me. They mostly see me in certain environments, ie: when we go out to eat. So it must be all the times where I stroll into restaurants in a sweatshirt and sneakers. I can't help it if I don't want to wear nicer clothes to (smelly) Asian restaurants. The grease sticks to you like second skin! I can already imagine the hefty dry cleaning bill if that happened. Okay, so maybe I am just a little bit on the cheap side.
Do you see your spending differently than how others perceive you?
scarf: American Eagle plaid lurex (similar)
tee: American Eagle deep v-neck (similar)
ring: Forever 21 faceted faux gemstone (sold here)
bracelets: Forever 21 sparkling woven (sold here);
belt: Old Navy grosgrain (similar)
pants: Gap broken-in straight khakis (sold here)