However, we are also human. And one of the difficult parts of being human? We can be materialistic. And want things, even if they’re ridiculously expensive and not any sort of “need”.
I have been obsessed with getting my hands on a Savage Swim swimsuit for awhile now. I have worked really hard on my fitness journey this last year, and I thought this summer I might take the leap and set some money aside to splurge a little. These suits are supposed to be really high-quality, and they have some killer designs and colors, PLUS they’re reversible, so I figured I could wear it for a few summers.
But I am also still incredibly cheap. It’s just in my blood I think (thanks, Mom). I pretty much only buy things on sale, and Savage really doesn’t run many sales because their suits are all hand-sewn and custom made. So I started looking at second-hand options, including Ebay and Poshmark. I passed a couple suits up and immediately regretted it, and Keaton kept telling me to JUST BUY THE DANG SUIT. I literally stalked the pages all hours of the day when I thought about it, to see if something popped up in my size.
Then, one day while I was sleeping after work, I got up to go to the bathroom and checked my Poshmark app (don’t judge me, I was really being THAT obsessive, but the cute ones sold quick!). Turns out, at that exact moment (not joking), someone was uploading several different Savage pieces. I quickly put in offers on a couple, and messaged the seller about a bundle discount.
When I woke up later that afternoon, the seller had messaged back and said she wasn’t going lower on any of her Savage pieces. So I went ahead and bought my two favorites and went to work, excited about my new purchase.
The next afternoon I got up and checked my app to see if she had shipped my suits. To my horror, I realized the seller had gone back and accepted all three of my other offers in addition to the suit I had purchased outright. Turns out, on Poshmark, if you make an offer you may as well sign in blood. My heart dropped. Three tops and two bottoms totaled $209.
TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS. Not a ton, by any means, but for someone who NEVER shops, I couldn’t help but think of all the other clothes/shoes/etc I would rather spend $200 on.
I kept this secret for 2 days. I kind of feel like the Budget Nazi around our house, so I was mortified to tell Keaton what I had done. While the first suit purchase of $70 was no big deal, I wasn’t sure where we were going to have to pull the other $130 from. Keaton actually laughed at me a little when I told him. I probably looked like someone getting ready to confess a triple homicide, that’s how guilty I felt.
Long story short, I got all my pieces in the mail a week later. Two actually didn’t fit, so I was able to sell them on a swap shop for $100 and recoup almost half my mistake. We have enough cushion in our finances to not starve after a $200 mistake, but being as goal-oriented as I am, it was frustrating to have to mess up my budget masterpiece to offset a dumb mistake on my part.
I guess the moral of the story is, setbacks happen. Whether it’s something we can (or can’t) control, or just a moment of weakness (or perhaps a good ole blond moment), we can only take these setbacks as they come, and move forward with them. Luckily, we are good with our money 95% of the time, so when we make mistakes or unplanned purchases the other 5%, we can recoup and still move forward in our financial goals.
With love and [expensive] blonde moments,