Monday, September 19, 2005

Are They Made from Real Girl Scouts?

I make a decent living. I'm not rich, but I usually have a little money left over after paying the bills that I can splurge on something for myself. I could, of course, put that money into savings, but that would be silly. And, of course, Walgreens would go out of business. So really I'm just supporting the economy.

However, I still can't bring myself to spend more than $25 on any one piece of clothing or shoes, or anything, really.* This is why Payless Shoes and Target are my two best friends. My senior prom dress was $160, and I look back now and can't believe that I spent that much - or that my mom even allowed me to - on what is, essentially, a couple dozen yards of fabric (although those yards of fabric were artfully arranged into a gorgeous princess-style dress). I am one of those people that goes into expensive stores, like Armani or Versace, and gasps over the prices. "$890? For a SCARF? What's it made of, cashmere from a lamb that was the firstborn albino son of the king and queen of sheep, who was raised on caviar and champagne, and was slaughtered at midnight during a full moon on his first birthday? Oh, wait, it is. Okay, maybe that's worth it."

I see people buying purses for upwards of $5,000, sunglass for a couple thousand duckets, and jeans for $700. I cannot for the life of me understand this behavior. Granted, I don't have that kind of money, but even if I did, I'm just not that into labels. Especially a $670 label that is sewn into a pair of $30 jeans. And I lose sunglasses so often and abuse my purses so much that I can't imagine spending hundreds of bucks on things that I need to replace a couple of times a year anyway. I'd get more use out of the money putting in a pile on the back of the toilet and using it to wipe my bum.

That being said, I suppose that if I were to become extremely rich to the point where I could make a large purchase just by using the interest my money was earning, then I could be convinced otherwise.

Feel free to send me money and help me test this theory.


*So I steal them instead.**
**Kidding, mum and pop.***
***Maybe.****
****No, really, I am kidding.

25 comments:

DIAMONDKT said...

You are a rare breed of woman then because alot of women would think that's a steal at just $850! Kidding, but seriously, women do pay alot for some fashion things - like shoes, purses, ect.

Then again, guys blow the money in other areas. So I suppose in the end it evens out to us all being a bit insane.

Roberto Campana said...

will you marry me?

your the perfect woman, a woman who doesn't like to spend as much money as possible on something she doesnt need?

you should be cloned.

hehe. oh yeah, nice blog :)

Justice said...

I agree...some things are just way over priced. I hate paying those kind of prices.

e$ said...

I don't know, I will spend up to $150 on a good pair of jeans. Good jeans make my life worthwhile.

NCTRNL said...

Things are that expensive because there are people out there who pay it. I go into Coach and see a regular ass wallet, for $295 when I can go to the place next door and pay $19 for basically the same thing without the label. That's pretty weak. Supply...and Demand...

Miladysa said...

I am totally with you on this! What really annoys me is when someone loves a dress or pair of shoes or something else and because it does not cost a fortune they go off it! Crazy :)

Spexial said...

i feel you on this one..granted i may wear lables but i promise on everything that isn't fucking dumb i don't pay the outrageous prices for them...7,000 for 1 fucking purse..shyt i could have a whole new wardrobe with that kind of money....

Leese said...

I totally agree with you. I only allow myself to splurge on something every couple months...I'm strictly a bargain shopper. The most expensive thing I've bought recently was a $50 skirt. I refuse to pay more than $50 on ANYTHING besides jackets...and shoes.

Jennifer said...

I always cringe when I watch "What Not to Wear" on TLC. I love ths show, but at the end when they say the prices of the clothes...oh dear. I have to think, yeah, you get $10,000 or whatever and that buys like 3 outfits!!!

babyjewels said...

I have a hard time parting with my dollars, as well. Especially in large amounts. I've finally come to the realization that I'd rather have only a couple pairs of good jeans, than a dozen, etc. I'd like to simplify everything in my life, especially my possessions.

stretch td said...

I like a good pair of shoes and will pay through the nose for it. But I wear them 3x a week and "bad shoes" kill my feet.

I don't understand paying so much for something that you will hardly ever use. Paying $500 for shoes that you will only wear once a year until they go out of style (2 or 3 times total). That I just don't get.

Aliecat said...

Love, love, LOVE Target! I also never spend more than $10 on sunglasses, as I lose them too often.

exile said...

wait a second,

cute,
smart,
witty,
funny,
and frugal...

i think i'm falling in love with you

scarlettongue said...

i agree, the 5000% markup on label items is a load of crap. There is some difference between fabrics, maybe, but unless those $700 shoes come with a cabana boy and a pedicure, i'll take the "cheap" version any day.

Target has been successful in proving your point. They have some supposed high-end designer creating collections for them, not manufacturing them by 8 year olds in sweatshops, and outfitting us all fashionably for a reasonable price. Thereby proving the point that rich people are suckers!

Malia said...

I am with you on What Not To Wear. I have said that same thing before, "Why not take them to Target and they could buy tons of clothes, basically everything in the store, in their size with that money, and then they could still head over to Old Navy and Goodies." What a waist of money. Love Target'

malia

totoro said...

Hmm, Payless Shoes and Target, huh? I like Clarks and JC Penney. I think we both love Louis Vuitton.

Some people prefer to buy imitation goods that are hard to tell from the original, at a tiny fraction of the price.

Simple American said...

Thanks for visiting my blog AMG.

You and my wife are two peas from the same pod. She actually buys nice things, brings them, convinces that she spent to much on them at 50% to 75% off and then takes em back hoping to find a better deal.

Queen of Ass said...

I'm with ya, girlfriend. There ain't no purse that's gonna last me long enough to get my 5K worth of use out of it.

mistipurple said...

returning your SHOUT!! :D
you're my kind of gal! (eh, i'm a gal too, and no, i'm not bi, hell no, i'm not a lesbian too.) i just like the way you handle money. i'm like that now. wish i learnt that 10 yrs ago. i would be richer now. (read...i'm broke, boo hoo.)

Ruben said...

I seriously am about to spend 600 on a new office chair for my house. Am I on crack? God bless Herman Miller!

Beer Brat said...

rare breed..... but i love you already ....

Thomas, the Retarded Monkey said...

Argh gross! I thought girls didn't poop. I really hope that is the case, and you're just wiping your bum for the hell of it.

LocuTus of Borg said...

You know that even if I had millions of bucks, I would still be driving my 2 year old Ford Ranger and live in a modest house. Of course, I would spend thousands of dollars on electronic equipment and have a kick-ass home stereo system!! LOL to each their own ....

Dirk the Feeble said...

I wouldn't buy something that expensive no matter how much money I had just because it would make me feel like a douchebag. Instead, I would send my extra money to Katrina victims.

Ha-ha, just kidding!

Kiki said...

I had a shot called a dirty girlscout this weekend. Not competley relative except for your title.