8 questions to ask before buying anything expensive

Peta Serras

by Peta Serras

High-end purchases should be carefully thought out before you invest. Don’t be stung with buyers remorse, just get smart about your purchases!

Whether you’re aiming for Hermes or even a high price pair of heels, it’s important to ask yourself questions to prevent buyers remorse.

Some things worth a splurge and others are fine as a chain store purchase. As we age, our taste develops and refines and it’s easier to part with your money for a designer purchase.

Recently, I splurged on this designer faux fur coat and I’m currently looking at investing in a designer handbag. Here’s what I’m asking myself before I buy:

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Why do you want it?

Is it something you’ve always had your eye on or has a boy just broken your heart? Online shopping does soothe the soul but purchases shouldn’t act as band-aids. Will it add to your wardrobe?

Do you own something similar?

The items we convince ourselves we need, we have 3 similar to the ones in our closet. You want your high-end piece to be special and to be completely unique in your wardrobe.

Will it date?

The bag of the season can sometimes end up like that guy we dated 12 months ago. At the time it was a fabulous idea, but you look back and wonder if you were drunk and what the hell were you thinking.

How will it wear?

Practicality is important especially if it’s for regular wear items such as a bag and shoes. If the in-store sample is scratched and looks like it’s already 3 years old and you know the piece has been out for 3 weeks – move on!!! A high-end price tag should be the quality surpasses anything you’d buy at your local chain store.

Will people confuse it for Kmart?

Nothing against Kmart, but when I’ve practically sold a kidney to purchase it, I want people to realise. You better believe when I see a babe walking up the street with a Birkin I acknowledge that bag.

Will it cause me financial woes?

If buying a bag means you will be counting 20 cent pieces at the end of the month to buy food, then please don’t buy it. Especially if it’s something you want and it’s a classic piece then it’s worth saving for. If you really want the item and know it will be around for a while, then you shouldn’t have an issue saving up for 6 months to purchase it. We have tips for saving for your first designer bag.

Labels aside, do you still love it?

Don’t just purchase something because it’s Chanel. A great piece of advice I once read was if you cut the label out of the item, would you still love it? This advice can even be said for pieces you find in bargain shops too – don’t just make your mind up because of the label.

Are you just buying this for flat-lays?

I once spent $40.00 on a comb because it would look pretty in the flat-lay. At the time, I could think of at least 18 reasons that I needed this comb, but realistically, I just wanted it for pretty photographs.

We aren’t all as fortunate (yet!) to have a bank account as big as a Kardashian’s, so we need to be a little more picky with our choices. The upside? The fact that if you really are fussy with your purchase and it’s carefully thought out, then it’s a piece you’ll have and love forever!


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Peta Serras

Editor of Professional Babe, Peta has a penchant for pretty things, Tom Hardy and ginger kittens. You can find her sipping a long black, creating killer content or making sure her winged eyeliner is even. Peta is a writer, model & Pilates Instructor based out of the Hunter Valley.

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