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Save-a-holic






 Shirt - Old Navy [11']
Shorts - Stradivarus [07']
Shoes - Campers [06']
Ring - C&Co. [12']
Earrings - Gift from Mom [10']
Bangles (Blue) - ASOS [10']
Bangles (Sequins) - Gift from Diksha [12']


Source: via Tanvii on Pinterest

For the longest time that I can remember, I have been a 'save-a-holic'. Ever since our mother started giving us (brother & myself) pocket money, a mere Rs. 5.00 ($0.027) or so, per week. That was back in 1993-94. From the beginning, she asked us to note down in our journals, where and how we spent it. I never wanted to see a '0' in the balance, so I always ended up saving no matter what. Also, I wanted Mom to feel proud of me. This continued all of my school life. Sometimes, I would try and save all my money and instead ask Dad to give a little for the daily expenses. I was not trying to cheat anyone, I just wanted to continue seeing my 'mini' bank balance grow. To cut long story short, "saving" eventually became a habit. 

During late teenage years when all girls can think of is shopping and buying clothes, I too pretended to be a 'shop-a-holic'. Well, it was the 'cool' thing to do. I didn't want my friends to think I was a miser or didn't enjoy shopping. There were times when I did indulge, but always felt terribly guilty about it. And then there were other times when I simply resisted by makes excuses. I don't mean to paint a picture that I did not enjoy shopping. I did. And I still do. I like dressing up, wearing all kinds of cool and quirky stuff. But the thing is - I always have a list, and a budget of sorts. And I feel better about my purchases when they are on my own terms and not under peer-pressure ...Thankfully down the years that habit had continued ... 

On 15th June (two days ago) I completed the three months of self-imposed shopping ban. So now what? Am I going to go shop? Yes, of course. I will. But I have a list and the shopping Gods are being kind to me, 'coz most of the items on my 'list' are on SALE now. So I guess, in the end patience (and savings!) paid off. Not literally though!

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