I’ve coveted the well-known Zara braided shopper for longer than I care to remember. I loved it on the shelf, I loved it on OP, I even loved the knock-offs that blog pal & sale hunter, Kimberly, shared with me. I did not, however, love the price tag. Retailing at $149 USD, it was a little steep for my liking. So, I tried my best to convince myself that my love of this leather luxury was just a phase & there would be another equally fabulous bag in my near future. I. Was. Wrong. For a solid year [plus], I’ve been searcing for this sucker at a price point that I could stomach. Especially when I’ve got my eye on something in particular, it’s easy to get caught up in spending but realistically I needed to be able to actually justify a $149 bag purchase. I knew I’d use it every day & it was large enough to take anywhere; Work, Fashion Week, dinner dates, girl’s nights, you name it – perfection. I knew it would also be large enough for my laptop without being obtrusive. Score.
No, this bag was not $1,000, it’s just $149 so what’s all this justifying about? Lez be honest, ladies. I’m nowhere close to being able to justify the purchase of a bag that is the better half of my monthly rent payment. Get real. At this point, a bag with a tag that begs the question of how I’m going to pay this month’s rent isn’t a reality based on my lifestyle. Come back to me when I’m making a cool six figure salary & we’ll talk about the black quilted Chanel I so desperately need.
So, I justified the $149 USD bag & not just because it wasn’t a cool thousand & “only” $149. I found a NWT original on eBay & I obsessed over details with the seller & “bought it now” at the originally listed retail price plus shipping. I could have saved myself the hassle & bought the bag when it was in stock at Zara but at the end of the day, I know the extent of my love for this bag & that I made the fiscally responsible decision for myself at the time.
So, what do you think – is a $149 bag worth the internal struggle? What purchases do you most often find yourself justifying?
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