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How much do you spend on a handbag?

I was just watching Martha Steward and she was showing designer handbags that cost anywhere from $200 to $1599!!! :o I know the "rich" think nothing of throwing a few thousand dollars on a purse but I don't think the ordinary working person should feel any less a complete person  because they don't have the "right" bag on their arm. It seems the trend in handbags is big, bigger and biggest , both in size and price but I like a smaller bag with lots of storage places for cards, phone, cash, etc. I draw the line, though, at spending what I consider an immoral amount of money on a purse. (I'm not trying to get a debate going a morality issue, that's just my thought.)  I realize that normally a well-made handbag will cost more than $2.99, but $1500+....My last handbag cost $2.99. It's satin lined and quite vintage looking. I bought it at Value Village and think I got a great deal. What do you spend on a handbag and what are your thoughts on this?

I've had the same bag for probably 5 or more years. It's fabric, but it must be made out of steel because it is not worn ANYwhere. The handle is discolored from my hand (grease, I suppose--ew--but it's not that noticeable). I got it at Kohl's and probably paid about $20 for it. I like bags with lots of pockets so my stuff doesn't sink to the bottom OR rattle around in a heap.

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i can't remember the last time i spent 100 bucks on something that wasn't my rent, tuition, or health insurance.  :'(

ha. don't worry about it, me either.
everything that is expensive, even if i really need it, i put off foooorevvver. for instance, i still have not gotten my wisdom teeth removed because even with insurance the procedure is going to be over $2,500... i also have had the same running shoes for over three years and for at least a year of that i ran ten miles almost everyday.

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i can't remember the last time i spent 100 bucks on something that wasn't my rent, tuition, or health insurance.  :'(

ha. don't worry about it, me either.
everything that is expensive, even if i really need it, i put off foooorevvver. for instance, i still have not gotten my wisdom teeth removed because even with insurance the procedure is going to be over $2,500... i also have had the same running shoes for over three years and for at least a year of that i ran ten miles almost everyday.

2,ooo?  holy shit!  that is ridiculous. 

my friend did some research on wisdom teeth, supposively only 3% of the population actually needs to get them taken out.  we think its just a hoax for dentists to make some money.  *shrug*  i certainly am not going through with it unless its absolutely necessary.

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i am of that 3%.

my top ones are in my sinus'... my bottom ones periodically hurt so terribly that i can't eat. woohoo.

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oh no!  : (  maybe youll meet an awesome dentist on the road that will do it for a lowered cost.  .... uh... maybe.  heh. although i couldnt imagine riding across the country after having major surgery. eek!  bad idea.

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i am embarrassed by the number of bags that i own. they were all cheap, under 20bucks, for sure...and most came from the discount bins, thrift or given to me...EXCEPT for one, which i paid around 90 bucks for (but i got a discount, so maybe 75?). granted, it is a beautiful handmade one and quite practical, i love it so much that i hate to even use it.

currently, i am using interchangably 3 different bags that i got free from magazine subscription renewals! free is best!  ;)b
currently, i dont care about putting effort into "outfits" so i just throw my chosen purse, with all my other crap that i lug around into my canvas bag anyway.  :-\

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Kelsi, I have a theory about European dentists, at least. One cannot see inside one's own mouth, so one is at their mercy. They say, "Oh, your teeth are really worn down, you need a gumsheild" and people buy into it. Except he said the same thing to both DH and me...and we simply couldn't afford it. Later, I went to a different dentist on a different matter, and asked him about it, and he laughed and said, "Nonsense."

I am not a twice-a-year-to-the-dentist person. I go when I need some help. It's surprising how good my teeth are...friends of mine who go every 6 mos religiously have mouths full of fillings etc. I brush my teeth twice a day and though I could do with a clean, they are fine. I do have a couple of fillings, and they did take my wisdom teeth (which cut down on the headaches, huzzah!) but I don't believe half of what they tell you unless you're like in pain.

I had 2 teeth broken in an accident 15 yrs ago (got knocked down by a moped, long story) and have resin bits to fix them. Caps would be nice, and certainly prettier, but at 500 Euros each, I don't think so. Not on our budget. I asked the dentist if I could pay in 3 installments and he laughed in my face...dentistry is strictly cash-only here, which makes me wonder if they declare it all. So I didn't.

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I'm not a handbag kinda gal. I am more of a backpack person. I like free things and tend to acquire my things through random people or organizations. Yes, free is good.

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I own one handbag, it's black, came from Harley Davidson, and cost $50.00.  Yes, it's leather, but I bought it before I became a vegetarian and I refuse to disrespect the life of the animal it came from by tossing it out.  It is very small because I don't carry a bunch of stuff.  I'm not the most fashion conscious person when it comes to matching accessories like shoes, belts and handbags. 

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The last hand bag I bought was bought with very specific criteria in mind. When I buy something new like shoes, bags, coats. I have very specific expectations hat must be met. I spent an entire day in a mall looking at every store that sold handbags. In the second store I found an ideal bag but it was more than I wanted to pay. I then searched high and low and found nothing that met my standards. I ended up dropping about 60$ on it and it is really good quality and I love it.  I bought it specifically because it could fit both a water bottle and a book.

It's rare for me to spend large amounts of money on anything thing but food and school related things (rent, books, transportation etc.) So I figure spending 60$ on a hand bag or 130$ on good quality running shoes is the best way to go. They last me a long time and I take good care of my things so that I don't have to shell out the money very often.

Like I said I am very cautious when I shop and I will not buy something that I am not entirely pleased with. So call me picky I rather like to think i am selective and as a result I have bags that last a life time, shoes that never hurt my feet, a backpack that supports my back and a cat who is perfection (he wasn't expensive just took me awhile to find him). Spending money in the right way on something you need, like and fits your needs is the best way to go.

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I own one handbag, it's black, came from Harley Davidson, and cost $50.00.  Yes, it's leather, but I bought it before I became a vegetarian and I refuse to disrespect the life of the animal it came from by tossing it out.  It is very small because I don't carry a bunch of stuff.  I'm not the most fashion conscious person when it comes to matching accessories like shoes, belts and handbags. 

Storm, I hear ya! I resisted carrying a handbag (well shoulderbag, if you're me) for YEARS because I knew I would end up carrying my entire life in there. And if it gets stolen, you're toast. When I was teaching I carried my keys, bus pass and essentials in one of those zippered pencil bags, because I could tuck it in my armpit and it would be hard to steal (besides, who'd want a smelly pencil case, right?)

I always buy black shoes and bags because black goes with everything. I have one pair of dress shoes, one pair of sneakers, and one pair of slippers. And I mostly live in my sneakers anyway. I wear them till they wear out, all of them. I'm not a fashion maven--shoot, I scarcely leave the house.

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I prefer small bags.  The kind that hold a wallet and a kleenex and a nail file tops.  My favorite was a hemp shoulder bag that fit my long (checkbook holding) wallet perfectly.  Unfortunately it died.  As did the beautiful crochet bag I had for eons.

Now, I carry a small wallet that I picked up for $16 I think.  Sometimes I drop it in a bag but usually not.  It fits perfectly in my coat pocket, pants pocket or backpack that I drag on the train for work. 

I do need to find a new shoulder bag before summer arrives but I am contemplating either sewing, recycling plastic bags or knitting one.

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Cali: Two words: Recycled Bluejeans. If you want a small bag, you can cut the legs off at the hip just below the zipper. Use one of the legs to make a strap. Close with a rope belt or sew a zipper to close the waistband. Think of all those pockets! I can send you detailed instructions if you want.

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Cali: Two words: Recycled Bluejeans. If you want a small bag, you can cut the legs off at the hip just below the zipper. Use one of the legs to make a strap. Close with a rope belt or sew a zipper to close the waistband. Think of all those pockets! I can send you detailed instructions if you want.

the kids at camp made those one year. they had a blast. but for adults, lace and sparky paint would be optional.

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hummm...I'm not very fashion savvy....I'm constantly getting playfull comments from friends and family on my less-fashionable-than-rodeo-drive bags...usually hemp grocery bags from TJs or my backpack.

The other day, my sis and I went to salvation army andshe was elated to find a brand bag that is normally 75 bucks for 10...i was like, okay... ;)b I don't get it but that doesn't make it bad...

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i am of that 3%.

my top ones are in my sinus'... my bottom ones periodically hurt so terribly that i can't eat. woohoo.

Sorry to thread-jack, but I'm having two-jaw orthognathic done in December.  Costs about $30k, but we only pay about $3k.  I'll be wired shut for 2 months.  We can be oral surgery buddies!

Lisaanddini,  My bag was on sale at that price.  I bought it two years ago at the end of season clearance.  I can't remember the style name, but it's medium-sized dark green faux leather.

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Kelsi, I have a theory about European dentists, at least. One cannot see inside one's own mouth, so one is at their mercy. They say, "Oh, your teeth are really worn down, you need a gumsheild" and people buy into it. Except he said the same thing to both DH and me...and we simply couldn't afford it. Later, I went to a different dentist on a different matter, and asked him about it, and he laughed and said, "Nonsense."

I am not a twice-a-year-to-the-dentist person. I go when I need some help. It's surprising how good my teeth are...friends of mine who go every 6 mos religiously have mouths full of fillings etc. I brush my teeth twice a day and though I could do with a clean, they are fine. I do have a couple of fillings, and they did take my wisdom teeth (which cut down on the headaches, huzzah!) but I don't believe half of what they tell you unless you're like in pain.

I had 2 teeth broken in an accident 15 yrs ago (got knocked down by a moped, long story) and have resin bits to fix them. Caps would be nice, and certainly prettier, but at 500 Euros each, I don't think so. Not on our budget. I asked the dentist if I could pay in 3 installments and he laughed in my face...dentistry is strictly cash-only here, which makes me wonder if they declare it all. So I didn't.

my boyfriend feels the same way, his grandfather was a dentist and he always says that dentists are just crooks.  he refuses to go to the dentist, but his teeth are all brown because he drinks coffee all day and often times doesnt brush his teeth.. sometimes hes gross.  ha.

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Well being male, am I obviously  not entitled to own a "handbag"?
Best things in life are free. I have a few obtained canvas bags I use to pick up groceries that I receive compliments on by older women.

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Well being male, am I obviously  not entitled to own a "handbag"?
Best things in life are free. I have a few obtained canvas bags I use to pick up groceries that I receive compliments on by older women.

Come to Europe, men have carried "handbags" (well, OK wristbags) since forever.
And PV, I agree that if you're buying something you're going to use on a daily basis...well as my old mother used to say, "You may not be able to afford the best, but buy the best you can afford. Cheap stuff doesn't pay."

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$30 is about my limit.. I think it's rediculous to spend hundreds of dollars on a purse -- even if I had that kinda $$, I still wouldn't.

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