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Non-Chick Cheap Chic

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Don’t tell me you haven’t had those moments:  finding steals so irresistible they melt your steely resolve away. I wish I didn’t know what SALE means and that it didn’t  have to be in a come-hither, sin-red color emblazoned across store fronts or stuck in strategic places and item tags to consummate the temptation. If money were not an issue, it won’t be an exercise in seduction. When reality leaves me struggling, I know I don’t have to get suckered into it every time. However, SM malls aren’t the best places to test your sobreity after your Shopoholics Anonymous retreat which is no  longer a women’s domain.

Last week, I went to buy some office supplies at National Bookstore in SM City-Batangas. Walked right in, picked up the goods, waited in line to pay, what a cakewawait, was that sign correct? Up to 75% off?! Had to ask the cashier; Oo daw (yes, she said). Ugh, do I turn around? “My great librarian, it’s like getting four books for the price of one!” coaxed my street-math savvy inner bookworm. “Nah, the “up to” means digging through piles of Guinness Book of World Records 2008 (it’s almost 2010, hello) and other junk before you will ever find it. If you will find it. Remember the lonely books neatly pressed between sturdy ends — still unread — at home?” quibbled the bookmoth in me. It’s the moth’s words against the worm’s math. Gee, I felt my feet on li’l insect wings for that small triumph leaving the bookstore unlured. How about a quickie-lookie around the mall, for, oh, ten minutes tops? (Bad move).

The Digitizer Models Mogao

That’s when I passed by this store called MOGAO, saw it’s on sale (at 20% off) and bought these 3 hip slim-fit shirts for about $10 tax included! But hey, I don’t regret it (just look at my first attempt to model as proof). I couldn’t find some pictures of them online to post here, so I had to ask my 10-year-old niece, Ara, to be my photographer. Now, it would have been nice if Mogao paid me to make this post and model for their shirts, but no, they didn’t; and yes, it’s okay if they will reimburse me. Ha ha. Before posting this, I found their website printed in their shopping bag, looked it up but couldn’t understand it (Chinese, doh!). Here’s Google Translate to the rescue and this is what I got :

Mogao Website screenshot

The hearty chortle at the translation is just an added bonus to the satisfaction I got for not being a fashion victim and an unwise spender(?). That statement is probably worth another chuckle right there. [d]*

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Written by nealm

11 September 2009 at 8:20 AM

6 Responses

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  1. I’m not sure where I got this but probably at oprah.com. “What’s a good buy? Keep it real checklist: 1) Do I really love the piece? 2) Do I have a place for it? 3) If the piece is used, will I actually do the work necessary to make it attractive and useful? 4) Can I see myself owning it for many years to come?”

    These are my sort of guidelines when buying so as to curb the impulse of grabbing things on sale. So far, it works for me for the last 3 years. And oh, by the way, having kids to think of also curbs down my buying impulses.

    Soraya Julian

    11 September 2009 at 5:44 PM

    • check on all 4 re: my mogao shirts purchase! 🙂 the last one has to come later. parenthood is the best rein for selfish impulses, i guess. this tip is very relevant and helpful, soraya, saving us all the heartaches and regrets that come with indiscriminate spending. maraming salamat.

      the digitizer

      12 September 2009 at 6:14 AM

  2. I like the shirts! Though I’m a girl, I’m into shirts. Those are really nice. Fits you well, too ;o)

    abelle | Only in Silence

    17 September 2009 at 1:52 PM

    • hey, thanks for the drop-by, abelle. i love your blog and it’s an honor that you left a comment here. i just came from there a few minutes, and yes, it’s safe to guess i bought me another shirt! who says that girls have the monopoly in shopping? 🙂 thanks again.

      the digitizer

      18 September 2009 at 6:17 AM

  3. when it comes to books, I have to admit, I’m a compulsive buyer 😦 unfortunately, they gather dust in my cupboard as we speak.

    I think my desire to read died down a bit. I am hoping to revive it…

    nice shirts by the way. SM-Batangas lang meron?

    rach

    18 September 2009 at 5:56 PM

    • don’t we all go into that trap once in a while! i don’t think there is such a thing as over-reading, so i am happy at your resolve to get on with it. I haven’t gone to a different Mogao location yet, but i have read that they are also at Robinson’s, so I assume they’re a visible franchise. glad you like the shirts. send me a photo when you get one from Mogao 🙂

      the digitizer

      19 September 2009 at 10:55 AM


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