Mamas and Papas. I’m a guilty shopper. But I’ve done a little shopping lately.
Let me explain. If it’s for me, I usually hesitate. But if it’s for the kids or the house, I usually don’t feel guilty.
I guess we all have our limits and splurges.
I still set limits on what I’m willing to spend. And I shop by looking at the price tag FIRST.
My husband is very generous and he tells me not to worry.
“If you want it, get it.” he says. But I still feel guilty if it’s for me.
But this week I pushed my guilt aside and finally bought my mother’s day gift. I got a cream colored soft leather purse that hugs me like it’s in love. I’ve been searching for a white/cream colored purse for years but have never really found one I like, at the price I like.
I asked the sales lady several times if the bag was on sale. She repeatedly said no. But I decided to “let go” of the guilt and buy it.
But wait a minute. There are people out of work who can’t pay their rent, who are struggling to buy food. How can you spend that much money on a purse? Ridiculous!
Perhaps. But it doesn’t stop there. I also bought my husband two pairs of leather flip flops and a purse for my mother’s birthday and ordered some dress shoes for myself.
I’m horrible right? I felt a little sick when I handed over my debit card to pay for the purchase. I just kept thinking, “How can I have so much, when some people have so little? I should just put it back and be happy with what I’ve got.”
“I know. I probably shouldn’t get all of this”, I tell the clerk, “but it’s really good quality and hard to pass up. And I can never find shoes that fit me.”
Side bar: My feet are really narrow and it’s almost impossible to find shoes that fit. So when they do fit, I get them.
“Can I return these if I change my mind?”
“I just feel a little guilty.” I say.
“Well if you can afford it, then I say spend it.” replies the clerk. “It helps us out.”
Hmmm. The comment hit me like a meatball sandwich.
“It helps us out.”
That’s so true. If everyone stops buying just because they “feel guilty” then the economy will really crash and burn. I wonder if some of our “hesitation to buy” has actually costs people their jobs.
I hope that my purchases will help keep someone employed, and they in turn will keep buying their morning coffee, which will keep the barista employed, which will help them pay for college, which will help their parents financially, which means they can pay for their cleaning lady, which means she can buy groceries for her family.
It’s a big circle. It may seem unfair that some people can spend money on so-called frivolous things. But here’s my question– “Doesn’t that help the economy?”
My purchases will not break my bank. And I will use everything for a LONG time. Plus we donate to charity, our church and help friends and family when they’re in need. So maybe I should NOT feel guilty. Maybe I should feel good about helping the economy. And hopefully that’ll keep people working too!