“Hmm what do I need…some cheaper trainer shoes to wear in dirty clubs for nights out, definitely plain black tee…some tights oh and possibly that dress from H&M because it’s 20% off” This was my thinking the night before going into my city centre for a ‘quick’ shopping trip just for those few essentials. My house mate too fancied a trip, so we went together on a girly outing. We had such a lovely morning, despite the weather! I even got a regular coffee after paying for a small – day made in my opinion. But and there is a big BUT, I left with 1..3 more items of clothing than I expected to buy or even needed. The question I’m wondering is would I have bought those three items had my friend been there, who so innocently and unconsciously convinced me to buy them? I of course did the same to her.
(The Sex and the City girls)
I have always loved shopping on my own, I know exactly what I want, I search for it, find it, buy it and, as I have only just come to realise, I leave with only the item I knew I wanted. Surely then, as my recent experience has shown me, shopping with friends is actually a money saving pitfall. You share your excitement about that top or dress that looks too good not to buy with your friend or friends. You convince each other that taking it back is always an option – when secretly we all know that unless there is seriously something wrong with the item that clothing tag is coming right off – then woops oh no…guess what? Its too late to take it back now. So what have I learnt..apart from not following Carrie Bradshaw and co’s example? If I’m going shopping with a friend take out cash and only spend that amount of money or less – seriously the card, whether debit of credit, is lethal.