This post was originally published in June 2009. I can honestly say that I am doing a better job of staying away from the stores, especially Target, in 2010.
I found myself with some time to kill yesterday morning. My oldest daughter was attending vacation bible school from 9am – noon. I could have gone home to do some housework, but nobody twisted my arm, so I went shopping instead.
I had every intention of going shopping yesterday; the VBS is less than a mile from Target. When my car senses a close proximity to Target, it is programmed to turn into the parking lot.
I had 3 hours to blow, so I cruised the perimeter for any good clearance deals. I found dd#1 some stretch pants for $1.24 for the fall. I bought 3 different colors. That was the best deal of the day and I can justify that purchase. Some of the other things in my cart, not so much. I left spending $20.19 on things that weren’t essential, but things that I will use. I found a pair of plastic baskets on the perimeter to store toys under my kids’ beds. I also bought a 10 inch turntable for my spice cabinet. That wasn’t on clearance, but I have been wanting one and I had 3 hours to kill so why not.
I left Target and headed to Marshall’s, the bane of my existence. I usually have two kids in tow, so shopping there is never pleasant for me. Marshall’s is a store where you need to take your time, because the merchandise is always different and you never know what gems you might find. Yesterday I only had one child and I was armed with snacks. You see this shopping trip was pre-meditated. I had it all planned out. I brought her favorite snacks and water and I just fed her all through the stores so that I could peruse the aisles a little better. Unfortunately it worked and I left Marshall’s with a cute Adidas yoga outfit for $26. It wasn’t a clearance deal, but it is really cute.
From Marshall’s, we went to Lowe’s to pick up one last tomato stake. After Lowe’s I still had about 30 minutes to blow, so we went to the library where I SHOULD HAVE BEEN the entire time. No money spent there.
Saving money, by not spending money is still a struggle for me. I know what our financial goals are, I have them posted above my desk. Yet I still have moments of weakness where the thrill of a purchase becomes almost like a high. There was nothing that I bought yesterday that was so essential that I couldn’t live without, but I shopped anyway. Had I gone home and done housework yesterday, would I have an extra $46. to put towards our goals? I guess I could take the stuff back, but my spice cabinet is already organized and my kids’ toys are put away. Now that yoga outfit is still in the bag…that one I’ll have to think about.
Have you shopped recently and regretted it? How do you fight the urge to shop?
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This post is linked to:
- Frugal Friday at Life as Mom