Warning: If you don’t like reading about ridiculous first world problems, then this post is not for you.
I’m not the most complex person. I like sleeping in, cats, dogs, warm cups of tea, goofing off with my sisters and my friends, and I get excited about dumb stuff like finding change in a pocket or two-for-one deals on chocolate bars.
Another thing I get really excited about? Designer bags I can’t afford, in particular – my dream bag, a medium-sized Chanel Classic Flap Bag in buttery lambskin leather. While this bag gets my blood flowing, it simultaneous makes me feel guilty for coveting a simple bag that costs the same as a used car. Sigh.
Now, let me tell you a bit about myself. I live comfortably with my husband and pretty much want for nothing. For this, I am thankful. I donate to a host of charities on a yearly basis, pay my bills on time, and put savings away for retirement. When I want something expensive, I sleep on it…and when I am certain that I want said expensive item, I get to saving.
I have started saving for a Chanel bag more times than I can count, but always end up spending the savings on things I really need. For instance, the first time, the savings went to buying our home. The second time, went to furnishing the house. The third time? Down payment for my car. Fourth time? Landscaping. Fifth time? Trip to Europe. And so on and so forth. Right now I’m staring at my beloved car (her name is “Sassy”) and cringing at the fact that she has two bent rims that need to be changed asap. Parallel parking is my nemesis. DAMN IT.
I think the universe may be trying to tell me something, but I’m plugging my ears and forging ahead. When I went to Paris last year, I saw enough fashionable Parisiennes with Chanel bags to make me cry. One stylish girl had a red Chanel bag to match her red lips and I followed her down the street to get a street style shot as my husband pretended to not know me. I also keep seeing those heartbreaking memes about how the price of a Chanel bag just keeps rising; therefore making it a “great investment” (I can hear my financial advisor laughing his head off and reconsidering having me as a client).
So, I’m writing this post to make myself accountable. How you say? I’m going to start saving again, and I will probably start a monthly update where I provide my readers on my saving progress. I’m going to sit down and create a budget and timeline for saving for this bag. I welcome you all to check in and see how I’m doing. I also welcome you all to tell me to stop buying hundreds of lipsticks and nail polishes and throw that cosmetics money into the “Chanel Bag Account” (I love that I changed the name of my savings account to that).
What do you think? Am I being crazy? Don’t answer that. What super expensive, non-essential items are you lusting after?