I Wish I Bought That…

Ever wish you bought something before it sold out?
Photo courtesy of Gilt Groupe

We often talk about how we have those buyer’s remorse moments where we regret a purchase or two – whether it was the choice of buying those killer heels you thought you could wear to classes, but never did or when you had that sudden impulse to splurge on the current “It” bag when you knew you should have used that money for rent instead. It really can be the worst feeling sometimes.

I’ve had my fair share of buyer’s remorse, but recently I’m getting the feeling that I experience the opposite more these days. If there’s anything that can match buyer’s remorse, it’s got to be saver’s remorse – that feeling when you don’t take the opportunity to buy that one thing your were craving.

Just like any frugal college student, I have to watch what I spend and sometimes I take it too far. I’ll easily fall into a habit of hesitating on whether I should really buy something, especially when it comes to clothes. So by the next time I visit the store, I’m left disappointed to find that the item is sold out or no longer available. Ever had that happen to you and felt completely heartbroken? Um, yes.

Once I saw this amazing jacket at Anthropologie that I fell in love with right after I tried it on. But I didn’t think to rush and buy it and, of course, it sold out by the time I came to my senses. I even called their hot line and asked if there were any in stock at any of their other stores or online, but unsurprisingly there were no more. This also happened to me recently while I was shopping in Japan even though I told myself long ago that I wouldn’t make the same saver’s remorse mistake again.

Over time I get over it and I always try to remind myself that something will come out that I will love just as much. I just hate that sad feeling I get whenever this happens, but in the end I figure it’s better than buyer’s remorse (well, most of the time). ;) Which one do you go through more often, buyer’s or saver’s remorse?


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