Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Travel Induced Buying

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As you all know by now, I’m heading to Melbourne this week for the Melbourne Fashion Festival - The Curvy Couture Roadshow to be precise. I’m pretty excited about it. We’re supposed to be saving for our wedding next year (‘supposed to be’ is indeed an accurate description haha) so we haven’t been travelling outside of NSW for the last few years. So when I decided I would go down to Melbourne for the CCR I was suddenly hit with six million things I would need to buy for the weekend.

Whilst some of them were probably necessary, like replacing my pink luggage with some more adult luggage, most were just things I wanted and used travelling as an excuse to buy. Like, I really didn't need to buy 4 new cardigans/knit jackets for a 3 day trip. I also didn't need to buy two pairs of glitter heels (regardless of how marvelous they are!). I think partly the spending is brought on by the excitement – a holiday deserves pretty things, right!?

In my head I justify these purchases by saying “It’s for my personal brand” or by the fact that I have sold a fair amount of my wardrobe on eBay of late. But either way, all I am doing is justifying breaking my budget for something I know isn't actually needed. And that is not a great habit. We have a budget for a reason – so that we can have a nice home & eventually a lovely, simple wedding. Breaking it should really only be for emergencies or when there are extenuating circumstances.

Part of me is blaming the whole situation on having been stationary (travel wise) for so long. Perhaps if travelling was as regular as it used to be I wouldn't be so easy to spend? Essentially I don’t have any answers. I can only take a step back and say “will anyone REALLY notice if you don’t buy a plane sleep mask for a 1 ½ hour flight??” and hopefully, at some point I’ll realise that I’m yet to ever sleep on a plane anyway.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the travel spending phenomenon – is it something you share? What are your ways of cutting it off?

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