I was born with good taste, but clearly without the funds to support it, and I know that I am not alone. I am part of a population that falls under the category of, ‘The Urban Poor You Haven’t Noticed’, according to a recent viral post on BuzzFeed, anyway. Since I was a little girl, I always chose the most extravagant item on the menu. My palate has always desired lobster and champagne. Before I could even fathom what “expensive” even meant, I was lusting over designer gowns and marble countertops. However, I am what society would consider “a creative”, and creative careers don’t usually pay. I work long hours yet I hardly scrape by, but still I refuse to trade my Friday night sushi limes for fried bakes and wings.
I know my story isn’t new and I’m sure there are many Saint Lucians who can relate. The struggle remains real and despite the change in government, lobster is still considered a splurge. So how do I deal with it? First let me say you’ve got to be able to laugh at yourself while convincing yourself that spending your entire salary in one store is actually a stress reliever. Let’s face it, you’ll probably even come out of the store and realize you forgot to buy the item you actually needed to purchase. But even the bags under your eyes are Chanel, and you just can’t help it.
This disease ladies and gentlemen is no joke. As a matter of fact, it’s frustrating and disappointing how expensive the one thing you want in the store is. I live in perpetual fear of the credit card decline, and I can’t even begin to explain the anxiety that overcomes my body every time I stand in line saying to myself please go through, please go through; and yes I get the lecture all the time that
my priorities are out of place. However, I’ve come to realization that very few people can understand my budgeting style when you have no money and an expensive taste.
Like Oscar Wilde beautifully said, “anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination” a phrase that is not applicable to me. So don’t be ashamed of your game, I for sure am not. I love receiving surprise flower deliveries (dozen red roses) we can always start there!