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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