Confession: I, am a TERRIBLE shopper. Well, let me re-phrase that, I’m a terrible shopper when it comes to purchasing things for me. I’m so bad at it in fact, I basically don’t do it. Which is why, at the moment I have a problem.
In general, I like to think of myself as a good shopper. I’m frugal, check flyers, use coupons, purchase things on sale and can make a dollar stretch pretty well. I work hard to be careful with how we spend our money, and I try not to take for granted the fact that we are unbelievably blessed compared to the majority of the rest of the world.
I love shopping for our girls. They are in a fun stage right now of trying clothes on and really deciding what their “style” is. I love and loath it. I love seeing WHO they are and I loath waiting while they check themselves out at every. single. angle – twice. (We have conversations of vanity and modesty often, because those things have a fine line).
Anyways, when it comes to life’s general necessities I’ve got it covered. I can get it done and I’m find doing it.
However, when it comes to me (deodorant aside) I have a massive issue making a purchase. And often times when I do, I return it less than 24 hours later. I think it boils down to a few deep seeded insecurities…
First, I really don’t know what looks good. I’m terrified of looking inappropriate, like I’m squished into clothes that are too small or that my body shouldn’t wear. I don’t want to embarrass my children or my husband, I don’t want to look frumpy but I also don’t want to look flashy (no metallic shirts for this girl). I don’t know how to dress my body and in general I’m just worried I’ll do it wrong.
Second, I always, ALWAYS feel like there are better things I could put the money towards. I can’t necessarily list them off, but I feel like there MUST be better things. This has nothing to do with our budget either, I have 1.5 years worth of birthday and Christmas money sitting put aside that I’m struggling to spend. It’s just that in my brain, I wonder – what if I need it for something else?
Third, who the frickety, frack has time to go shopping?!! Between taking care of my home, feeding the people who sleep here, school, gymnastics, work, groceries, laundry and the necessary sleep, I’m not sure how one is to fit it in?
Just to be clear none of these issues involve Corey! Well, they do involve him because he’s often heard telling me I NEED to purchase clothes and I SHOULD make time for me – and “Those pants look good, WHY ARE YOU TAKING THEM BACK?!” But he’s never, not ever said or done anything to make me feel any of these things.
Here’s what happens – I’ll carve out a little bit (read 15 minutes) of time on one of my 2 days off (which are NOT days off they are the 2 days I have to get everything else done that I can’t do when I’m working) to try on a few clothes. I’ll find something I think is OK, put it on 8 times in the change room. If it’s pants I’ll bend over and check for underwear (nobody want’s a peek-a-boo-panties moment), do my best to quiet my own negative self talk and decide to buy them.
I pay the cashier, get in the car and already decide nobody’s really going to like them, I should probably take them back. But my pride won’t let me do that and neither will my time schedule so I keep them. I get home, I “model” them for my family, they like (or if you’re short and disapprove of everything your Mama buys that you don’t have one that matches dislike) them, say keep them. I look in the mirror 15 more times, think about the price and then return them because “I really don’t like them anyways”.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
So, where did it come from? What’s the problem?
I think it came from years of feeling ugly. Of hating my body. Of wishing I could hide and not be seen. Of the words I heard from girls in high school, boyfriends later and the joy of being a female in a a “you’re not good enough” world.
I work hard to ignore those voices, to fight them, to turn them off. Most times I can do pretty good at it. I’m proud of who I am and where I’ve been, and when I do finally buy and KEEP clothing, I generally feel good in it. It’s just getting to the buying and keeping part that’s hard.
I need clothes now. Badly I need clothes, predominantly I need more workout gear (that I LOVE, it’s my favourite. Though I still suck at buying it) and stuff I can wear this summer. Oh and bras that don’t come undone mid conversations resulting in armpit boobs.
The other thing I need – a personal shopper or at the very least, someone(s) to take me shopping, be my eyes and help me make keeper purchases!
Anyone else struggle with shopping? Anybody loath the process? Anyone willing to shop for me? Or better yet, dress me daily? Sometimes I wonder, if maybe those nudists have it all figured out…