3.18.2013

Saving for That Louis

As a girl, I think it just comes naturally to want, want, want. Often, we get confused with the difference between want  and need. 

I need those shoes. I need a new dress for my party this weekend. I need this new handbag.

You get the picture. Chances are, you actually don't need them. You want them. Numerous times I have said that I needed a new dress for a certain occasion when I have a ton of perfectly fine dresses hanging in my closet.

All of this want, want, want mentality certainly puts a damper on our family budget. My only response to that is....oops? :)

With that in mind, I implemented a little something that I learned from my Mom while growing up. Each year my mom would save her change from her purchases. For instance if her bill was $9.52 instead of giving exact change she would just give a $10 and put the change aside. From that she would purchase my prom dresses. You would be SO surprised at how quickly your change can add up. (And Mom....if you are reading this...I still want that black prom dress you didn't let me get because you said I looked like a lounge singer.)

Sometimes I can justify certain purchases to my husband, but honestly, trying to justify to my husband why I needed a $900 Louis Vuitton was pretty much impossible.

"But honey its a Louis Vuitton!"
"Don't you know how good the quality is?"
"I won't buy another purse ever again."

Well at least I tried, but I knew that I couldn't justify it from the moment I opened my mouth.   A purchase like that is definitely not something that I could just one day decide to buy and charge on the credit card.


But seriously....how gorgeous is this bag???

                               
I knew there was only one thing to do if I wanted it....start saving! So that I did. All of my change. And you know what? When I purchased it, I was not only excited because I now owned my dream bag, but I had actually saved for it and earned it! It wasn't anything that put a damper on our budget or added more money to our credit card payments, or took money out of each paycheck. Because of that, I don't feel guilty when I carry it!

So now, if I ever see anything that is somewhat of a big ticket item that I KNOW my husband won't go for, I know to start saving my change for it!!

Moral of the story: don't spend your change! Use a bucket, a vase, a Tupperware container...anything you want and start filling. Before you know it, you will be filling your very own Louis!!

Linking up today with Molly today! Happy Monday!

8 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I want one of the new Coach bags that look identical to those Celine's you see everywhere and need to start saving. Love this!

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  2. This is so my dream bag!!!! I will probably have to wait until no more daycare though. Maybe I should start saving now and be that much closer in a couple years.

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  3. We do the same thing with change and then use it as fun money when we go on vacation! :) I love that bag...always have...maybe someday!!

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  4. What a great idea! I may have to start my change jar right now! How long did it take for you to save up for it?

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  5. Honestly i couldnt agree more with this post!! this happens to me often than not!(im currently online shopping as i write this even though i spent all weekend shopping) any who! i just bought/got my first louis vuittion over valentines day and i was so happy after 3 weeks of convincing i got it!! dont get me wrong i still love my bag but i am still always looking for new purses!! i think as girls we always just want!!!

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  6. Gorgeous! I have been dreaming of my own Louis for quite some time, and swore I'd get one for my 40th. Well, that is next week and I still haven't saved an extra penny to get my bag. You have now inspired me. I know I'd have buyer's remorse if I were to purchase with my "real" money, but if I were to save change, I wouldn't feel nearly as guilty. I love that plan. :) Congrats on such an exciting purchase.

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  7. Great idea and thanks for sharing your mom's wisdom! The bag is gorgeous!

    -Karen
    www.yourstylistkaren.com

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  8. My dream bag is a Louis too but I´m a terrible saver so thank you for inspiring me to save this time the loose change every time I go grocery shopping! :)

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