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Where Do You Get Your Idea of What is Reasonable?

Where Do You Get Your Idea of What Is Reasonable?

It's always so interesting to me when women that have similar income and debt situations have very different concepts about what prices are reasonable and what is over-priced. Where do you think these notions are derived?

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terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Best bag I ever got is real leather handcrafted by some Mexican guy outside Guanajuato. Paid $20 for it w/o haggling. It's gorgeous.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i'm going to have to disagree on that one the other day at lunch, a woman in front of me had the same bag as mine, but obviously a fake, and it was falling apart. i've literally used mine every single day for 6 months, and it looks pristine, and hers was literally cracking at the seams, and looked so terrible so while i agree you can get nice bags on the cheap, mine looks like its of amazing quality and probably always will
hmcmcd hmcmcd 8 years
I would say it is a combination, I know that the way I was raised has had an influence, but also my own personal nature too and budget and priorities. I just decided to save $60 and wash my own car, so now I can spend an extra $60 when I go shopping. It's just how different people prioritize the things they "need". My mom would NEVER wash her own car, but that's her priority. and skigurl, you don't have to have a $400 bag to be in "good fashion" I could almost guarantee you that I could find that same bag, without the label for under $40, ur paying for the label not the fashion.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
yah, and good fashion
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
And that is called consumerism.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i used to never be able to buy designer stuff because i wasn't raised that way and couldn't justify spending that much money on one item (spending that much money on a ton of things on sale is okay, but one expensive item was never in my vocabulary) but then, i bought one bag that was 100$...then another that was 160$...then another one thag was 175$...then i splurged and bought one that was $350 and all the sudden now i'm buying another that is $400 and it's like i have forgotten my old ways! i think i've eased myself into it, and now designer stuff just seems justifiable...i can't explain it, but it's true! and i've managed to talk my parents into the same thing...they used to balk at my spending 100$ on a bag, and now they aren't even blinking at my newest one...in fact, they encourage it, and my mom wants one too!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
All of the above...
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
terryt18 - you have a point. I understand we were po as well. Hints when the SPAM question came up last week, I was an expert to know more than 10 ways to have it.
SillyGirl SillyGirl 8 years
I also think its based on priorities. I think my house was reasonable, but my sis in law would disagree. Likewise, she thinks her $300 purse is reasonable (and thus has many in that price range and 1-2 in the designer range) while I consider that a luxury. Lucky for me I get her hand-me-downs!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I think it's a combination, but mostly what my parents (especially my mom) taught me about spending and what we as a family put as a priority for spending money on, e.g. holidays abroad and eating out. Nowadays, I think due to my parents' influence, I don't blink when paying for a $80 meal out for two, but I agonize over an $80 pair of jeans.
MindayH MindayH 8 years
I do think it is a combination - but mostly the foundation of it starts with my family.
lizs lizs 8 years
I don't really spend like my family at all - I'm thriftier, but I also have more "luxury" goods, because I save up for specific purchases and still live like a college student on the rest. I'm the youngest, but I have the most savings, least debt, and the only office situation that demands a serious wardrobe. My family's poor habits were DEFINITELY an anti-influence on me, though - I don't want to live paycheck-to-paycheck.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Sounds like your parents do play a part in your current spending habits, bellaressa. Mine definitely do. We was po.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I also have a combination but my parents really don't factor in my spending. I am just more of a saver and I have more. When I was younger there was no savings and not enough money to buy things, that influenced me to save more and be more conservative with my spending.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I think it is a combo of everything. How much a make, how much my bills are, how much my parents spent when I was little, if it's on sale, and what my mood is like. It all comes into play when I decide to buy something or not.
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