While my credit card was rejoicing at the fact it was hard for me to spend money on pretty or cool things, I spiralled into the depths of SSS: starved from shopping syndrome.
Living on a hard-to-reach island in the High North does have its perks, but its abundance of high street shopping arcades is not one of them. Some people make up for it with internet shopping or being creative with their hands. Not me; I volunteer at the Red Cross shop and then end up spending money there. Bargain shopping.
Away from friends and family, the recent break wasn’t that easy for me. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed a lovely Christmas and very festive New Years. Everything was beautiful. Peaceful. Quiet (except for the constant banging away of amazing deregulated fireworks).
I was just a little bored.
There were probably a number of factors for this. One, I’m not very good at being by myself and my dear J was busy working during the break. Two, my usual holiday activities in Australia would have (for example) consisted of trying out different restaurants, hanging with friends by the beach or going shopping at the mall. All things I couldn’t really do much here.
I already knew there was no beach I could sun bake by, but I just wasn’t ready for the uneventfulness of the shops! They closed during most of the Christmas break. Surprisingly, they also didn’t have any big sales immediately after the new year – I found out later that you have to wait until February.
Don’t laugh, but I really really really was so disappointed. This is also probably because I expected lots of post-Christmas sales.
It was then I realised how much I connected holiday cheer to credit card cheer. At least in Australia, we’re like trained monkeys holding credit cards during this time =) Huge crowds await for the re-opening of stores after Christmas.
While my credit card was rejoicing at the fact it was hard for me to spend money on cool or pretty things, I spiralled into the depths of SSS: starved from shopping syndrome. So I did what I hadn’t done much in the past year – I pulled out my credit card and started internet shopping!
And that’s the end of my sob story.
Now here’s the other side to the tale: By utter coincidence I am currently in Denmark for work. Admittedly also revelling in the splendour of seeing 50% off signs everywhere. Nothing looked so glorious…. heeheeehee. However, another symptom of SSS is the binge shopping antics you might develop – during my limited spare time, I’ve exercised my credit card more than enough 😉 My threshold has lowered though – 5 days on and I’ve had enough of it…
The other other side:: My friend reminded me to add in the reason why there are no sales in the first half of January. It is because everyone gets paid a month and a half in advance in December before Christmas and New Years, so by the time January comes along many people are poor and penniless. Typically employees get paid monthly and there isn’t much of a saving culture in Greenland. Because it’s one of the worst performing months in the year for the shops, they don’t bother advertising or running promotions. They know that’s how it is. As you have it, I was informed the sales started the day I flew away…
Time to do something more healthy for my soul!
Have you ever experienced the need to shop? And then felt guilty for over-consuming? =)