The Joy and Meaning of Shopping

This is not to say that I’m turning into a big time shopaholic. I just want to share with you my shopping habit. While I have long been a frugal person, I also occasionally indulge in shopping either to reward myself for a hard day’s work or simply be happy over a cute but useful purchase. When you’re a disciplined shopper, the joy of shopping will never get replaced by headaches due to overspending or credit card debts that went beyond control.

I shopped twice last weekend and thought I got some great deals. One was in Baclaran and the other was at the Dept. Store of Robinsons Place Manila. I spent 500 bucks on the former and a little over a thousand on the latter. The two unplanned shopping trips made me happy, content and inspired. Yes, I got inspired because my purchases, which include a pair of flat shoes, four pairs of earrings, one ring, one belt, two tops, one dress and one blazer, will serve as part of my investment to achieve my second goal for 2011. When you shop for a purpose, shopping becomes meaningful.

I don’t just shop and get happy over my cute purchases. I see happiness and meaning in shopping. More than an economic activity (and a enjoyable one at that), I look at shopping as a venue to test my discipline and sense of responsibility. I know that each peso I spend is hard-earned. That’s why I make sure my money only goes to things that are useful and valuable. The sense of joy and meaning I get when shopping is what makes it a wonderful activity for me.

When was the last time you shopped? :)

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