I read an article not long ago that said that sales of lipstick increased during periods of economic downturn.
While It bags are now seen as a little bit too WAGish (and are fairly safely relegated to the materialistic land of the early noughties), us girls have still got to shop. We might not be spending as much, or spending as often, but we still need a little something every now and then. And lipstick seems to be the purchase of choice.
Because, let’s face it; the world seems a better place when you have applied a little bit of your favourite lippy, doesn’t it? (To be perfectly honest, I am a lip gloss girl, but it’s the same principal). So when you’re itching for that shopping fix, rather than blowing all your cash on a new outfit or new shoes, you can buy yourself a little tube of happiness for £10, and avoid breaking the budget. I call it quick-fix shopping.
But what if you are already frugal? Has the economic doom and gloom altered the way you view your little ‘quick-fix’ purchases? Are you still making these types of purchases? I have to admit that I did it on the weekend. I was watching Gossip Girl (my new favourite guilty pleasure – why had I never watched it until now?!?) and some of the outfits were making me drool. I was literally itching to shop. So when I found myself in Chiswick on Sunday surrounded by all the delicious little clothing boutiques, it took an awful lot of self control to not lose my mind and blow the budget.
Instead I came home with a lovely necklace of green glass beads. It satisfied my urge to shop, and at £18, didn’t blow the budget. See? Quick fix. If I hadn’t bought anything the desire to shop would have kept building until I really had gone on a shopping binge.
Does anyone else do stuff like this? What are your tips for avoiding the big blow-out? Besides not watching Gossip Girl? (Impossible. I’m addicted).