There’s only one true way to my heart. Shoes. You see those shoes up there? I want them. Bad. I’ve been eying them for weeks now. They have a 5.8 inch heel *swoon*. They’re originally $98, but they’ve gone down to $48. 50% off!
That $48 is 193 Argentina pesos or 1,470 Thai Baht. It’s insane amounts of money, a lot of food, excursions, nights on the beach. So what’s a girl to do when she hasn’t bought anything for herself in ages?
There’s countless blogs and articles about being frugal while planning a trip. Save! Save! Save! Sell! Sell! Sell! And of course you should save. And before a big trip you should probably get rid of a lot of things. And I’m the first one that needs to get rid of a lot of shit. (I’ve started! 2 bags down to Goodwill already!) But should you never buy anything for yourself ever again?
Since I’ve been planning for my trip, I have been relentless in saving and I don’t even make a lot of money. All of the extra luxuries I allowed myself are gone. Every little bit of extra change has gone to my trip fund. I’ve stopped getting manicures and pedicures, I’ve started doing my own eyebrows, and I can’t even think of the last time I’ve been seriously clothes shopping. Going out on the weekends has been significantly minimized. I plan meals to save on groceries. I only eat out on special occasions (saving money and weight loss). I don’t go to Starbucks. This trip is super important to me, and I’ve been doing everything I can to ensure that I’m saving money.
My momma always taught me to take care of myself. So I always try to pamper myself whenever I can. Every once in awhile, when I can afford it, I might buy myself a bottle of wine or a new lipstick color, a cheap shirt from Forever 21. But damnit. Those shoes are stealing my heart.
So I’m just going to come out and say it. Those overblown minimalists who make it a point to make you feel bad because you own more than 3 pairs of shoes get on my nerves. I admire your tenacity and gutso for not owning at lot of things, but just because I own more shoes than the average doesn’t make me any less of a person. I love shoes. I always have. Fashion has always been a HUGE passion of mine, and clothes and shoes are more than just things I put on my body. It’s about wanting to look my best at all times, it’s actually something that I care a lot about. I don’t know about anyone else, but I can’t live in extremes. I’ll never be able to be a hardcore minimalist.
Decluttering is great. Getting rid of things is awesome. We all need to do it. I need to do it. We need to save money, we obviously want to travel. But there comes a point when sometimes, you might just really have to bite the bullet sometimes and fucking buy something for yourself and not feel bad about it.
I think those shoes might be mine soon. At 50% off, I don’t think I can pass them up.
And I won’t feel guilty about it. Those 5.8 inches are gonna be mine baby!