I think it would be safe to say that I adore clothes. In fact, if my wardrobe could talk it would groan under the weight of all my clothes. From dresses to skirts, no item is safe from my greedy grasp… yes I admit it I am a shopaholic. Since becoming a blogger you would think that my appetite for spending money would be sated by all my amazing collaborations but the truth is the complete opposite. Oh look ‘ 50% off all Missguided’ yep let me have some of that. Ooh that skirt I loved last season, can I take two? The point is I like to spend money and even more during December. After all when consumerism is shoved down our throats is there little wonder that we like to spend money? We live in a capitalist state that is defined by our incessant need to ‘spend’ because ‘spending’ showcases wealth and wealth equates power. Thus are we considered to be more powerful if we have a ‘disposable income’? After all with disposable income we are eligible to ‘buy’ and ‘spend’ without consequence and who doesn’t want a slice of that?
Some might say that I have disposable income; I earn, I spend and so the cycle repeats. Yes I pay rent and other expenses but there is no mortgage to pay, a pension to fund, a future to think of. As a freelancer I earn a different wage each month and while the income is unsteady on the odd day that I get something ‘extra’, I can buy a new ‘dress’ or go and eat out without feeling remorse. But why do we enjoy spending money so much? Well, spending our money is a psychological chain reaction and is related to emotion, wellbeing and happiness. Who here feels better after a much needed shopping splurge or enjoys fine dining despite its cost? I know I do and while I don’t believe that money can buy happiness I do believe that it gives us a temporary boost of endorphins that tricks our mind into thinking we are ‘happier’. It makes logical sense, we spend what we gain and many of us have no savings to fall back on. As bad as it seems our societies infrastructure has been constructed with ‘materialism’ in mind, at heart we are materialists and thus it seems like second nature to spend.
Being a blogger has meant that some of my costs have cut down; I no longer spend as much money on clothes each months and shopping trips have been kept to a minimum. Instead my luxury expenses are now spent on restaurant meals and nights out because I no longer need or desire to buy more clothes. I and other bloggers are very fortunate to be given clothing and shoes in exchange for exposure on our blogs; we should feel grateful that we are given collaborations with ‘top brands’ as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. But I digress, working with brands like Trendeo means that we have clothes on our back and in part lets us spend money on other areas of our lives. For me it is food but for others it is their kids, family or house. Point being, we all love to spend money and we shouldn’t feel ashamed to admit it. I have been shamed for my spending habits before and without it sounding like an excuse it is due to the lifestyle I lead. I work long days for little pay, I blog and have projects on the side. I attend events and need a new outfit. Or I go to dinner for a business meeting with a client. Regardless of the financial basis, I like to spend money and that’s ok.
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