Since knowing what clothes were, I've had a shopping temptation. I embarrassingly admit that every time I leave a store empty-handed, I become unhappy. This does not mean that I go shopping every day and spend billions of dollars on clothes (I wish!); I simply have a love for clothes and shoes. Seeing new and creative outfit possibilities makes me happy and I enjoy seeing what stores have in trend.
“When I shop, the world gets better and the world is better, but then it's not and I need to do it again." -Sophie Kinsella (Confessions of a shopaholic)A year ago or even a few months ago, when somebody would tell me about how college students are always broke and like to spend as little money as possible, I laughed. I had saved up enough money from my numerous babysitting and tutoring jobs that I thought: “I’ll be fine! I can practically go shopping everyday!" - if you know me well enough, you know that I would if I could. With my shopping temptation, I knew that I would go shopping too much. The truth is, New York City is designed to tempt girls like me to shop. The City and I together are a catastrophe not only for my wallet but also my savings. On my walk to class every morning, I stare at the “SALE - 50% off” sign at Gap and unfortunately have to run past it, no Gap shopping bags in hand. Every Friday I finish class at noon, and decide that it would be a smart idea to walk around Union Square, only a few blocks away. I never know why I think it’s a smart idea, because I always somehow find myself in a store. In Union Square - a somewhat downtown mecca shopping attraction - I am surrounded by stores including Nordstrom Rack, Forever 21, Zara, H&M, and countless other shops within the small radius of a few city blocks. I am ashamed to say that every Friday in the City, I have been shopping, only once not purchasing an item. Living near Union Square has been quite a problem for avoiding a shopping addiction like mine.One thing I’ve learned from shopping in New York City as a college student: Sometimes a clothing item is worth refraining myself from Starbucks for three weeks - usually nothing can be worth more than Starbucks because I’m addicted - or not spending as much for the rest of the month. When it is something I will wear over and over again, I learn to make sacrifices. I’m starting to master prioritization and budgeting, skills that will only help me in the future, especially when I make money (again). Luckily I now have too much schoolwork to go shopping. My bank account thanks all of my professors.