I am going through this in a BIG way. It took me THREE YEARS of pulling a good salary and saving/investing aggressively to get to a place where I started to make reasonable purchases.
Buying the $8 earrings is one thing, but I’ve had to start replacing large things that just aren’t a good fit for my life (my 17 year old car that may or may not carry me through another brutal winter, my 400 square foot apartment that definitely does not fit two adult homebodies and all their pets...). It is simultaneously painful and liberating and awful and fantastic and I can’t for the life of me tell if it’s going to get easier or if I’m going to spend the rest of my life forcing myself to make reasonable purchases that are well within my budget.
Glad to see this is a series!!