Earlier today I had to call PayPal to sort out an issue with my account, and upon reviewing one of the transactions, the support rep exclaimed “OH MY GOD YOU SPENT THIS MUCH ON A PURSE?!” It was definitely an awkward moment.
For anyone who follows this blog or my Instagram, you’ll know that I’m a huge purse fanatic. I love admiring them, talking about them, and of course, collecting them. I can save for months, years, and then drop $$$$ just to get my ultimate bag. Purses are how I indulge myself, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
However the judgment from people with how I spend my money is unnecessary and borderline irritating. I see the judgment on Youtube and in blog posts from people who say things like “OMG why would you spend this much!” and then the Youtuber/blogger would have to explain that they really liked [insert indulgence here] and worked hard for their money. Just like I had to with the PayPal rep. To be fair, she was actually really nice and helpful, but she just wouldn’t stop giving me a hard time about my bag! Which I actually did save up to buy – no debt incurred.
Everyone has things they like to spend their money on: makeup, shoes, electronics, clothes, food, cars, I could go on and on. As long as it’s not illegal and they’re not going into debt, why does it matter to anyone what people buy and how much they spend? I’m not encouraging materialism or being wasteful, but people do work hard for their money, and if buying things make them happy, let them buy their things! Even if they go into debt, what is it to you?
Personally I love looking at photos of pretty bags/shoes/jewelry/houses, and I appreciate the people that share them. I think most people share these things not to brag, but to share their interests with others (or at least that’s always been my intention). If you don’t like it, that’s fine, but at least have the courtesy to be respectful and keep your mouth shut. I don’t see how leaving a spiteful comment will change anything other than prove your own insecurities.