I’m calling mine a Shopping Emissions Trade, inspired by the cap and trade in carbon emissions (ugh, don’t get me started).It is fairly simple.I have a large student loan amassed during undergrad that is now in repayment.I have monthly payments that I must make, but I have decided to augment those payments every time I shop.Whenever I make a “fashion” purchase (i.e. not necessities like food and kitty litter), I am going to make an equal payment on my student loan over and above my monthly payment.So I have to ask myself before I decide that a purchase is warranted, if I really want to pay double for it.If all goes well, I will pay back that beast more quickly and get into the habit of putting money away every time I spend it.
This is this month’s purchase:
Luggage: Heys Spinner Luggage Urban Collection
It was, in fact, a necessity.I am taking a research trip to the UK this summer and I needed a new suitcase and it needed to be hard-sided.The Vampire Cat gets upset when the suitcases come out and he, erm, thinks outside the box to indicate his thoughts on the matter of my leaving him (positive side effect: savings on kitty litter).I think “water” should roll off this hounds-tooth, pot-bellied lovely like a duck’s back.It was half price but I paid the other half to my student loan.Hurrah!Periodically I will update you on my purchase items.I’m sure this will be fascinating for you.
Finally, as you may recall, last week I awarded the inaugural The Eye of the Day award to recognize the mad shopping skillz of my blogging colleagues.I just made it up and winners receive nothing and I have decided to make this a regular feature. Probably you can barely contain your glee.
This week The Eye of the Day goes to:
- Jentine at My Edit who consistently demonstrates with her fabulous styling and Vogue-quality photos that she is the champion of never paying full price for the gorgeous, both new and thrifted, and
- Beth at Refashion, Recycle, Reuse who always looks swellegant in duds that she expertly haggles for in carefully-chosen thrift store haunts, and who knows what eBay is for.