I have been coveting a Banana Republic bag for quite some time. This one;
I even made it a part of my goals for 2015 in my 30 goals for 2015 post, look:
Every so often I get a new purse because an old one has worn out, or the functions that I need it for change. The current purse I use for a bit dressier occasions when I still need to carry a few things around is starting to show signs of wear, so I’ve been looking to replace it.
There are a few purses I have considered, between MK, Kate Spade and BR. In hindsight this was complete idiocy…. I have a line of credit/mortgage to pay off, I have retirement to save for, I need a newer car in a couple of years. A new pricy as hell purse? Even after a discount any of them run me over $200. Who am I kidding?
In 2012 I used up 75% of the emergency fund I had saved at that time to cover living expenses as my income plummeted in early 2012, it started increasing again in July 2012 when I picked up seasonal employment but I did not start contributing to my retirement savings again for most of 2013., and then only with a measly $25 a month October and onward.
I bought a nice Ck bag in August of 2013 and while I haven’t regretted buying it at all, until now, the mid $200’s price tag set me back about a months worth of groceries and in reality…. even though I saved for it; could I really afford it? No. The purse cost me about 1% of my income that year.
Was it worth it? No. I like fashion, I do enjoy looking nice, dressing nice. Banana Republic, Ck, Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren… I am a sucker for the preppy new England look. I don’t quite dress like it, but I do own a khaki coloured trench coat, and I wear my jeans with a leather belt, and flats, and yes I like fancy purses and preppy dressshirts and a-line skirts. I find it appealing. But am I really wearing these items for me, or am I also wearing these items to present an image to the world? Most likely the latter.
While I liked that purse, it’s highly unlikely anyone other than my friends and family really noticed me using it. I didn’t end up liking the quality and the handle has had to be sewn on once already. Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t anything wrong with finetuning your image for yourself and the world. After all, it’s important for your work and social life, but was this expense warranted for me personally? Did I need more stuff in my closet while I am looking to have less stuff? Was it really worth it? Not at all. I don’t want to be poor, this is not the way to not be poor.
My 2015 income should end up being about $30,000 after tax (which reminds me that I’m currently four days late filing my tax return, crap). I projected my income at $27,500 in January so I’ve been able to increase that which is awesome! My income is earned in a variety of ways, I’ve had more than one job on the go since I graduated college;
– My normal part-time cleaning gig which consists of two different contracts (I am the main contractor)
– My seasonal luxury cottage scrubbing (self-employed), and the occasional extra job here and there
– Commission based property rentals, mostly seasonal, 4 properties including my own house for the time being
– occasional random side jobs
The $2,500 increase is not much but it’s something. $30,000 is not terribly low. I can and do, do a lot with my $30,000.
But I have $4,725.64 saved for retirement right now. Under five thousand dollars. That is just… I mean that will get me what, a quarter of a year of living in the future? Maybe after compounding the interest I’ll get a year worth of living out of it in a good 30 years orso. Maybe more, maybe less, I have no idea because it’s not worth it to do the math because the point is: that is ridiculous.
I have house debt to pay off asap and if I ever want to retire, a retirement to save for. I don’t want to be poor.
I had no business buying a $240 purse in 2013, and I still don’t in 2015.
What ridiculous purchases have you made that were really kind of stupid??