Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! In today's post, I'm going to talk about how to decide if something is worth investing in. This is mostly geared towards how to decide if something is worth investing in for your wardrobe, but you can apply it to other areas of your life as well.
Side note: the photo above is a photo I took of one of my crystals. If you want to see a post on crystals, let me know! I chose a photo of a crystal because to me, they're special, and to a lot of people, they're worthy investments.
When I was younger and I lived at home and didn't have bills, I would buy things carelessly and would buy a lot of things I wanted upon first sight without any thought. Everything I bought was pretty cheap, but it was still careless and wasteful spending. A lot of these things I used, but a lot of them ended up getting discarded after a period of time.
Even when I first moved out, I was somewhat careless with money which landed me in some pretty scary spots financially. I also had some struggles with work that I had no control over, so that affected my finances too.
Now that I'm older and am an adult and don't live at home and I have bills, I have a completely different relationship with money. Those rocky situations I was in as well also showed me a side of things I didn't think were possibilities.
When I'm wanting to buy something these days, I tend to look at it online for a few weeks, or months, (on occasion even a year or two) before I decide to purchase it.
The way I decide if something is worth investing in is impacted by a few different things.
For one, I think about how bad I want it.
Am I just interested in the product because it's new and trendy? Do I just like the way it looks? Am I intrigued because it's unique?
I have to really evaluate what's drawing me to a specific product whether it be shoes, a dress, a bag, etc. so that I can really break down why I'm interested in it and if I actually want it.
I also ask myself: Will I still want this thing a month from now?
Secondly, I think about how much I'm going to use/wear it.
One thing that I used to do that I don't do anymore was buy products for an unknown occasion. If I had something scheduled to go to (speaking before the pandemic), I would buy a look for it, but if I just saw a fancy dress but had no occasion for it, I would not buy it. People used to tell me that an event would come up for whatever I bought, but from my experiences, I was left with an assortment of items that I either never wore, or by the time I got to wear them, they didn't fit the same as they did when I first bought them. It just turned out to be a huge waste of money.
When I'm considering buying an item, I ask myself where I'm going to wear it.
Am I going to wear it to an upcoming scheduled event? Is it for day to day use? How durable is this item really going to be?
I don't purposely tear up my items, but I don't baby them either, so if they're not going to last through time and wear and usage, then it's not worth it to me.
Lastly, I think about how practical it is and how realistic it'll be to save for it.
Let's say I do find and item I want and think is worthy investing in. How practical is it? Can I wear this thing wherever I want or will it be obnoxious some places? How long will it take to save for it? Is it better to put that money somewhere else, or is it really truly worth putting my pennies in for?
Again, how much am I going to use and wear it? Is the cost per wear worth it?
I have to really ask my self if the item is truly worth my dollars.
What makes something worth investing in for you? Do you buy whatever you want, or do you have to think about your purchases?
Stay tuned for more fashion and finance related posts that tie together with this one.
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed and that this post helped you in some way.
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