There’s got to be more of you out there like me. We have a disease where we don’t understand the importance of treating ourselves, or sometimes even… feel guilty for it. I think I’ve found a cure, so I want to let you in on my little secret: bargain hunting. And the best place to do it? TJ Maxx. I can probably count on one hand the amount of times I truly “splurge” on myself in a year, be it a shopping spree, or getting my nails done. I just like to take good care of my things so I don’t have to do it frequently and I find relaxation in doing things like my nails, by myself at home.
All of that said, there’s another reason that things like shopping sprees are like chicken soup for the soul and that’s because we all crave to have that feeling of rejuvenating pampering – what better way to get that than from ourselves. I like to think that I now have a fool-proof way to make these sort of things happen and still stay within budget for the month (those steps are coming).
The real moral of the story is that you should never feel bad for treating yourself. You work hard. You give back to others. It’s OKAY to give back to yourself every once in a while too.
Part of my giving back to myself that makes it all seem full circle is then giving back to others. I do that by donating one item to Good Will for every new item I bring home. That means a pair of shoes, a purse, a pair of jeans. One for one. Each time I get home from a trip like this, I lay everything out on my bed and then put a matching item I already owned into the same shopping bag I just got home with and drop it off at a donation express the next morning. It is the best feeling and I encourage you to try it!
Here are those steps I promised you by the way:
- Set a budget
- Pick a store (TJ Maxx is my go-to)
- Think of the items you need
- Think of a color (in stores like TJ Maxx this is crucial to not spending 6 hours in a vortex)
- Try all of the items of clothing on
- Making yes, no & maybe piles
- Add up your yes pile
- Decide how much budget you have left
- Don’t get sucked in by the items while you wait at the registers
- Check out & go home feeling refreshed
My favorite two finds from my trip this weekend? A roomy, multi-compartment, light pink Miztique handbag for $19. A pair of slip-on, memory foam Sperry’s for $19 and a pair of dark-wash jeans for $12.