Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Retail Therapy...Cheaper than Psychotherapy

Guest Blog Post by: Susan Michener Spracher

I'm here to talk to you about something VERY important! Like "wear your seatbelt" important!

There's always an occasion for retail therapy. Celebrating...a new job, a new date, baby's baptism or first birthday; anything your child is doing, really. Or it's a cure for the blues...lost your job or your mate, feeling funky or unappreciated for all you do for others. There's nothing like the feeling of finding the perfect outfit, shoes, jewelry, belt, purse, nail polish or lip gloss to put a smile on your face and make the world seem like a better place.

For a lot of us that are currently economically challenged, retail therapy sessions can be fewer and far between. But they don't need to become non-existent.

I was reminded of this recently when I stumbled upon a sale for jewelry. I realized how long it had been since I had purchased ANYTHING for myself. I had been sticking to the austerity program, keeping my head down and my eyes on the list; buying only the necessities.

The necessities on this particular shopping trip were school clothes for my daughter. But as we walked past a sale table, a sparkly object caught me eye. It was a cool ring with lots of rhinestones. I tried it on and it fit! I put it back and started to walk away to carry on with the business at hand. But I was drawn back to it and noticed there were some earrings too! My mind was already scolding me that this was not what I came for and it just wasn't in the budget. But like a little ray of sunshine, I noticed there was a sale sign...a big discount. I could have it all for only $15...YIPEE! Come to Mama!!

We shouldn't underestimate the power of retail therapy or forget that we all deserve a present, some joy...even if we have to give it to ourselves. It is important to put ourselves at the top of the list more often!

What was the last "joy" item you found on sale?


Dear Gina said...

A Pandora Saftey chain! Totally justified! I cant lose my charms!!!
( Love your score!)

Mom to Two said...

Oh, the last "joy" I purchased was in Old Sacramento. A silly trinket ring that was covered in rhinestones and in the shape of a star. I felt like a rockstar for the evening flashing that sparkly goodness. It can double as a self defense weapon as well. :)