Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The term has appeared in more than one magazine article and blog entry in the past few months. The economic crisis continues to spiral, and no one seems to have a definitive answer on when it'll end. Meanwhile i've been spending at least a couple hours of my day surfing fashion blogs with 17-year olds in $1,000+ shoes and other "fashionistas" sporting YSL, Alexander McQueen, Commes des Garcons, etc. There's no denying that seeing these gorgeous gals in their impeccable clothes makes me want to drop some serious ca$h. As a recovering shopaholic, it's a dangerous interest, but i'm determined to persevere NOT by denying myself these fun and well-written blogs by these intelligent, beautiful women but by practicing something i admit having very little of: self-control.
I can't deny (and my bank statements refuse to let me) that i've been a little too spend-happy these days. In actuality the total amount of dollars i'm spending hasn't increased, it has simply shifted from dining out and apartment therapy to clothes. Clothes, shoes, bags, belts... you get my drift. And it has to stop. Right. Now. I told myself that after my NYC trip i would stop spending and start saving (more). Easier said than done. With the flux of online sample sales (Rue la la, Gilt Group, Ideeli anyone?) and, i must confess, an irritatingly low self-esteem these days, i am seeking solace in entirely too many shoes. But no more! It seems these days that the fabulous, credit-card-debt-out-the-wazoo fashionista is out and the still chic but cost-conscious recessionista is in. And i'm totally hopping on that bandwagon. Look! There's even a blog about it!
In the recessionista midset, i've been pondering ways to cut my monthly costs. One obvious (besides shopping) is cable. Everyone knows cable TV is ridiculously overpriced and for a single 25-year old? Practically daylight robbery. At about $70/month, i wonder if it's a luxury i can do without. Admittedly i do enjoy my cable-tv shows and especially my DVR. But with most shows available for viewing (for free!) online and the newfound knowledge that there's some cable that'll connect my laptop to my TV, i'm thinking it might be worth it. Really, in the long run, $70 per month isn't that much. But these things add up, n'est ce pas? So, dear readers, i ask you. What do think? To cable or not to cable?