One of the reasons Mr. Howe is so supportive of my perfume collecting, is that he appreciates perfume. But the main reason (I’m convinced) is that I have a monthly budget, and I stick to it.
No credit cards, just a a real cash dollar amount. Some months I spend a little less, some a little more. Sometimes I spend my budget on bottle splits (usually decants on the smaller side) and samples, sometimes it’s one pricey bottle, and sometimes it’s a couple more “affordable” bottles. In January, I spent my budget on a 50mL Montale, a 30mL Sonoma Scent Studio, an EL Private collection mini, and a few samples.
February has me in a quandary, even though, as I write this, the month hasn’t even technically begun. I’ve been planning to buy a bottle of Bois des Iles for months now, and finally a smaller, more affordable size is available. Just as that bottle seems eminent*, I fall in love. Not only do I fall in love, but it’s with a perfume that will eat up two-months worth of perfume budget.
If I take this leap, do I have the restraint required to buy nothing else until April? Honestly, I’m not sure.
I’d really like to hear from you: How do you decide what to buy, and when to buy it? What is your strategy?
*Don’t worry AM, your 31RC is not in jeopardy 😉