Shopping Every Day Isn’t a Problem If I Can Afford It…Right?

When stores began to reopen early in the pandemic, I never thought my weekly trips to T.J. Maxx were anything that resembled a shopping addiction. It was simply something to do. This was a time with so little external stimuli that putting a mask on in order to uncover a small jewel in the racks was often the only joy I’d experience that day. I liked to think of it as low-stakes escapism at its finest—a new top or a discounted pair of jeans conjured images of both a past and future life, where socializing, travel, and fun were all still very much on the table. 

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