Top 15 Blog Challenge: Mariah Harrison

Editors note: We asked each of our Top 15 to tell us a story about a money-related blunder that they've made.

Hardcore Shopper

The summer before my senior year of college my mom surprised me with a trip to New York, she gave me about $200 for spending money, and on top of that I had about $200 saved up myself. Everything on the trip was paid for including bus/subway rides ( and if you haven’t been on the subway in New York... it’s an experience one cannot describe with simple adjectives - it can only be lived) theater tickets, a couple of dinners - it was pretty much a sweet deal.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am a hardcore shopper, let me repeat I MARIAH HARRISON AM A HARDCORE SHOPPER, and that’s something that me and my wallet have had to come to terms with overtime. I also don’t know if any of you readers have had a chance to visit New York, but the shopping there is ridiculous, and I made sure to mentally prepare myself before arriving so I could balance out my money for shopping/souvenirs, sight seeing, and food for the whole week- apparently grossly overestimated my self control.

I handled myself with grace until about Wednesday when we went to visit Soho. There are just so many little shops next to each other, and just when I reasoned with myself that I didn’t need the cute pair of shoes in one store there was an adorable dress calling my name in another - it was madness I tell you. After (not so) careful consideration I ended up buying this yellow dress that I was completely in love with, but also left a crater sized hole in my wallet. I was forced to budget myself to extreme measures which meant that I ate a lot of $2 hot dogs that week, and I missed out on major touristy things that my friends got to do that I didn’t like carriage rides in Central Park, useless “I love New York” goodies, and nice dinners because I had to watch my money so closely. I would definitely say that it was my biggest financial blunder because that one purchase made such an impact on how the rest of my trip went, and while I had a great time still I think that without buying that dress I could have made a lot more memories with my friends. Plus, that dress doesn’t even fit anymore - so not worth it.

Until next time!