7 Emotional Stages of Being Too Poor To Buy Something You Want
You always want what you can’t have. Sadly, for students, this means anything that costs over £2 is instantly desirable.
In theory, we all know blowing our student loans in the first week (ahem, day) is a bad idea, but sometimes the temptation is too much.
We do try and resist but eventually we end up going through with the ‘I shouldn’t have but I did’ purchase. Here’s how it always plays out…
1. Finding the thing you want/need/must have immediately.
You’re innocently in town when something catches your eye. Whether it’s a top, a pair of shoes or an xbox game, you have never seen anything so amazing. Doing the maths, you’ve got £8.52 to last you until the end of the month, and this costs £50.
Yeah, you have your credit cards and you can go further into your overdraft but you promised yourself that wouldn’t happen again, so you walk away head down, stifling those tears.
2. Telling your friends about the loss – hoping for encouragement.
You get home and your housemate asks how your day’s been. Immediately, you launch into how you found this amazing thing in town and you love it but you can’t afford it.
Your housemates aren’t really sympathetic though, which is unsurprising since you had the exact same conversation a week ago over the trainers you’re currently wearing.
3. Telling yourself you’re doing the right thing.
You try and tell yourself you don’t need it, that your life won’t be any better if you did get it, and in fact you’d be considerably poorer and worse off if you did get it. You manage to convince yourself on the outside, but the heart wants what the heart wants and you know that deep down it’s all that you want.
4. Staring at it online.
It’s 2am and it’s calling your name. You log onto the website and stare at it for half an hour, before adding it to your basket. You don’t actually let yourself buy it, but you feel better knowing it’s in there and drift off peacefully.
5. Self torture.
This is the longest stage, and can last up to a week in the strong willed. Constantly checking your online basket, making sure it’s still there, and then exiting the window before you do something you regret. You might even swing by the shop just to have a look, try it on, before leaving in tears because you look so damn good together.
6. Talking yourself into how much you clearly need it.
If you didn’t, you wouldn’t have spent so long thinking about it… Right?
7. Finally purchasing it.
Also known as the f*** it stage, this is where the last of your willpower collapses. You’ve held off as long as you could, but in the end it’s the Juliet to your Romeo. You can’t survive knowing it’s out there but not yours. Whether it’s online or in store, handing over your credit card feels so wrong but so right.
Being a student and being completely skint goes hand in hand, so we say why not indulge in some impulse buying? You’re going to be living off noodles anyway, at least this way you’ll be living off noodles whilst being the proud owner of whatever it is you really want.