What I Consider Before I Make a Purchase

Ahh shopping. Whether you are window shopping or actually shopping, there is always some excitement to be had! AND I love being the enabler… ha ha ha

You know this feeling and these thoughts: Should I buy it? How will it fit? Do I need this?

All sound questions, but for me, I am quite discerning when I do make a purchase and I wanted to share with you what or how I make my decisions!


  • Well, I hate having a closet full of items I will never wear
  • I hate only being able to wear it once.
  • I laugh at myself with my ambitions of a trend that I KNOW I could not make work.
  • I loathe a disorganized closet.  (See here)

So here are a few things I think about or ask myself BEFORE I press “Complete Shopping”

How many ways can I wear this?

If I can wear more than a few times and create a completely different mood/look? Then its mines

Do I need this?

A serious question! LOL…

How many of X do I already have?

I like to take inventory of my wardrobe. If I have five similar black sheath dresses, do I NEED a new one?

 Can I walk away from this?

Like if I was told I couldn’t have it or if it sold out, would I die fot it? This here lets me know how much I really need this.

Would I buy if it were full price and I had the funds?

Serious question here. JUST because its on sale does not mean you have to have it!

What’s the return policy?

I HATE returning things, even more if I have to mail it in. So, if it the process is not EASY- chances are I will not buy from there.

 Am I dreaming about it?

If I am ever on the fence, I leave the store or shopping cart. If the next day I am still dreaming about it, then its mines.


Even when I was working in retail and was working on commission, I would ask my clients these questions and send them on their way if they were on the fence and hold it for them.  We all have our own little guidelines and personal set of rules when shopping. YES, we do!

These rules save my closet from severe uselessness!

I want to know, what are your rules for shopping? Have you used any of these?

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