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Confession: I Have a Shopping Addiction (And I Only Make $700 a Month)

The feeling of adrenaline that surges through my veins after entering my pin number is a high like no other. There’s something cinematic about walking out the doors of a store with a shopping bag in hand and an overly confident smirk on my face.

But let’s be honest: I’m not rich, and I definitely don’t need another pair of overpriced leggings in my closet. In fact, I’m a broke college student who only makes around $700 a month from working retail part time.

I grew up in a frugal household and didn’t know what the word Gucci meant up until recently, but I somehow managed to become a connoisseur of clearance rack designers. I blame it on the infamous keeping-up-with-the-Joneses mentality that Instagram engrains in our minds every time we go for a morning scroll. Wanting to become the next Instagram influencer, many college students put their pocket-money towards achieving an unachievable look—leaving them broke.

Either way, when payday comes around, I’m splurging on fifty-dollar meal tickets and another pair of sunglasses that are microscopically different than the other two pairs I already own.

Truth be told, I have a closet full of unworn clothing calling my name and two dollars in my bank account crying for help. Thanks to modern day banking, I find it quite convenient to send my dad requests when I’m running on empty. But the problem is bigger than a way-too-low minimum wage—the problem is avoiding an empty feeling by replacing it with the momentary satisfying feeling of flexing.

Recently, it occurred to me that I could have been saving for a plane ticket to see my significant other instead of basking in the high of shopping. That’s when I decided to give up my shopping addiction—so, I sold my clothes that no longer sparked joy and started focusing on the things that actually mattered to me.

They say the magic number to break a habit is twenty-one days, but the only thing that’s been on my mind is self-care in the form of retail therapy. So far, it’s been three weeks—no new purchases, and zero dollars in savings. But hey, that’s progress, right?

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by juliagigis

Julia Gigis is currently a sophomore at the University of Montevallo where she studies journalism. She also runs the Her Campus Chapter at Montevallo as the Campus Correspondent. In her free time, Julia enjoys working out, trying new brunch spots, and making Youtube videos.

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