You know women now; we love to look good and cannot take our eyes away from nice attires. There is always the need to upgrade your wardrobe and therefore you try to invest in new clothes and shoes. Of course, as the saying goes, “looking good is real business”, so it is not out of place to want to keep looking good. However, how do you go about acquiring new attires or upgrading your wardrobe?
We were talking about office shopping amongst ladies with my neighbor a few days ago and a rather unpleasant trend came up. The story centered around how when a cloth seller brings her wears around to the office, ladies /women pick from the collection with the intent to pay at the end of the month when salaries get paid. At the end of the month, these debtors disappear as soon as the cloth seller shows up to collect her money (Interestingly most cloth sellers that come to the office are from the female folks). One woman even jumped over the fence of her office to escape paying up what she owed…Imagine that!! How did she do that?! Well maybe it was a low fence… But seriously is it worth getting injured over.
I have also witnessed cases of women/ladies who select clothes worth N60 – N100 thousand Naira, promising the seller, to pay by month end. The humor or downside if you like in this is that some of these my dear female clan earn far below what they now owe the cloth seller. My people call such behavior, “Oju kokoro” (Greedy eyes). For crying out loud, what you cannot afford to pay for, don’t buy!! Why mess up another person’s business by refusing to pay what you owe? Many cloth sellers at offices have lost their investments to such unfaithful and callous customers. Dear woman, put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
And the other part of the issue is the embarrassment that comes with not paying what you owe. Some very determined designer clothes and shoe sellers go the extra length of arresting their debtors. So imagine being accosted and arrested in the full view of colleagues?! Hahaha…it is simply not worth it. This attitude also taints your character in no small way. You may think it is no one’s business or perhaps don’t even care, wait until you need a character attestation letter! If you do not need a letter yet or never, remember what you sow, you will reap!
Seriously, you don’t have to be like those who “dress to kill” so you can be respected. You do not have to be like miss A or B, just go for what you can afford.
So How do you Overcome that Temptation to select clothes you cannot afford the next time the designer wears, bags and shoes show up in your office?
• Do not even bother to check the wears out for that is when you will find one beautiful one that seems to suit you well in the whole wide world. If you do not take a look, you won’t be tempted to buy.
• Do not fall for the sweet mouth of the seller who says , “I don’t stress my customers”, “you can pay in three installments”, “buy it now, these design is no longer in the market” and so on and so forth.
• Exercise some self-control. Decide that you will only select what you need and can afford if you must buy.
• Always write out your monthly budget and memorize it. So as soon as the sight of the attires is drawing you in, take a look at the picture of your list mentally. It helps to say No and wait for when next you can afford it.
Even if you can afford to pay for what you buy, do not spend all the money you make on acquiring clothes, shoes, bags, and kinds of stuff, invest and save some.
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Adebisi Adetunji (C)