Buying To Borrow?


Our friend Gillian has a serious eye for the latest fashion, plus the ability to sniff out an amazing deal from a mile away.  The problem – she’s absolutely broke.  Gill has been out for work for six months and has had to put her shopping habit – among other things – on hiatus.   However, last week she finally landed a killer interview for her dream job…

Wanting to dress to impress, Gill went out and charged a $250 dress (no sales, no deals) on her close-to-maxed-out credit card.  She went to her interview looking fabulous and feeling confident, and as soon as it was all over – she ran home – changed her clothes, and promptly went to the store to return the dress – tags intact and all.

Was Gillian’s ‘buy to borrow’ tactic cheap or frugal?  Was she wrong to purchase the dress knowing that she was going to wear it and then return it?  Or, as long has there was no real wear and tear on the dress – does it really matter?  Would you ever buy to borrow?  Tell us what you think!

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4 Responses to “Buying To Borrow?”

  1. Ian says:

    My grandmother used to tell how when she was a saleswoman at Bonwits back in the day, Zsa Zsa Gabor always bought fancy dresses from her, wore them on The Tonight Show (with Jack Parr) and then returned them a few days later. Now that’s Cheap Not Frugal!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I have friends that work at Nordy’s and this happens all the time. Even a local sportscaster does this all the time (like he is entitled). I really feel that it is really wrong. Once a dress has been worn for an event it is worn.

  3. stephanie says:

    i have never done this intentionally, but i think that if you do it once for a really important interview, fine, that can be considered frugal, but making a habit out of it is just bad form.

  4. Saam says:

    I have done this several times, I was a college student paying my own way. Being frugal is hard specially when you got other things to pay for and yet you still want to look cute ans stay with the trends. What I got from it were date outfits, graduation dress, party clothes, out-of-town bag & shoes. I still do it now, I am not ashamed!!

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