To me, the NPC is about holding off from making purchases with the idea being that sitting on it for a month will cause you to make better decisions. I considered swatches to be within the spirit of that since having swatches in front of you makes it much less likely you'll buy something that you'll seldom wear and is a smart way to think things through and make better decisions. If this is taken to mean that enough lobbying will allow one to do things that completely gut the purpose of the NPC, I will likely refuse to give yes votes in the future to anyone, no matter how dire their situation.
Take a look at my comment below. And I like your comment on why swatches are in the spirit of NPC. Makes me think that's a very PRO-npc purchase. Regardless, my comment was half-joking. But I will not be buying anything else this NPC round.
This quote makes me regret giving you a thumbs up jester..
Pretty sure it's a no purchase club, not a purchase what I need (or think I need) club.
On the other hand if you need to overhaul your business wardrobe that is totally legitimate, but in that case you probably should have waiting till August NPC
Well let me help you out, sir.
Just heard I'll be getting the job in a few weeks since she took a close look at my resume and liked it. As long as I don't do something terrible, I plan to place my two week notice Monday. I've gone through my spreadsheet and, with a $300/month budget, grouped things in to 'shipments'. This is easier thanks to the swatches. Definitely not an impulse buy on the swatches if you look at it this way. So, maybe at the end of July I'll get two linen shirts and a pair of trousers if it fits, maybe the next, a brown belt and some other shirts, socks, etc.
I will not be buying anything until the end of July, even though I got the job. The swatches will speed up the buying process in an intelligent and well thought out way AFTER the NPC club. Maybe in between them. I will have plenty of time to decide what shirts I will need and when I should order them. I do like the NPC club but there's tiny things that keep making me regret joining. I messed up my shoes while polishing them and they're my only solid pair for interviews (more within MTOs on the way, although I should order some staple brown brogues sooner than I wanted to). I didn't order a bottle of Saphir RenoMat although I consider this an ACTUAL bigger emergency, due to me already requesting the swatches. I'm going to the interview tomorrow with a huge solid blotch on my foot.
Hopefully my review of my needs and wants helps you with your regret!
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