Sep. 22nd, 2010

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I have, to put it politely, a shopping problem. I love buying things. In
general, I love things (I'll have to write more on that another time).

I like going through the store and touching things and trying things on and
matching up clothes in outfits or putting together sets of dishes. I really
enjoy it, and I do genuinely feel better after. I shop to make myself feel
better, and that's not really a bad thing.

However, buying things I don't *need *or buying things that don't fulfill a
*specific want* is a problem. I get distracted by things I wish I could want
- or convince myself that I need something that isn't really a need. Or, I
just go overboard.

It's a common problem (especially with people who have bipolar disorder).
But, again, I REALLY love shopping and I REALLY love *things*, so I am
trying to teach myself to shop responsibly.

A few lessons I've learned:

- *Do* pick up and try on anything, and as many things, as I want.

- *Don't* buy everything that fits.

- *Do* PRE-shop. This is only possible with stores that have an online
face, but that's most these days. I go online, look at what they have let
myself take it all in, and shop around a little for specific items.*

- *Don't* give into "it'll do"'s. Just because it's good enough doesn't
mean that it's what I should get.

- *Do* set a time limit. If I'm just me shopping for as long as I want, I
still make a limit now. Go home, take care of the pets, pick up something,
meet someone for lunch.

- *Don't* last minute shop. If I have an event coming up, I have to plan
as far in advance as I can. The key here is to make sure I pick something to
wear that I won't feel like it's a hassle to wear the night of the event.

- *Do* learn your sizing and color options. I look completely terrible in
pastel pink. I don't fit in petites, anything below a generous size 12 or
above a small 16. I cannot wear mediums or smalls. If I take something into
the dressing room that I look at and I'm like "if I wiggle this way...",
it's not the correct choice.

- *Don't* buy one-wear items. Unless it's something for less than $10
(emergency nylons or something), don't do it. It's bad. It's expensive.
It'll screw ya.

- *Do* try on everything possible. Sometimes, try it on twice. If I go
through and I'm not 100% sure, I try it on again, and if I'm still not sure,
I can't buy it.

- *Don't* forget accessories. Sometimes, standalone pieces are great.
Other times, though, I need to buy basics. I love jewelry and such, but
can't wear it when my shirt overpowers everything.

- *Do* learn how to wash stuff better. I am still working on this one! I
shrink things, the colors get washed or I stain things. It's awful. I also
avoid dry cleaning like the plague.

- *Don't buy fabrics that easily wrinkle. I won't iron things. I should
seriously stop thinking I will.*

Any special shopping rules you have? I have had to really try hard to remind
myself of these.

*This one is kind of new. I've started doing it so I don't get so
overwhelmed by everything in stores, plus I can pinpoint what I want to try
on and find the best prices for items that are very similar. I can also
check reviews (for bad quality or strange sizing issues), and I've even
started just putting things on future wishlists. It's nice!


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