Why is it that whenever I am short on cash, that is the exact moment that I stumble on to all these amazing things that I want to buy? Conversely, when I need to find something, I cannot seem to come across anything that meets my demands. Odd isn't it?
With the economy taking some hits, I have been making a valiant effort to curb my retail spending as of late. However, it also appears that retailers are aware of my savvy savings plot and try to lure me back with promises of deep discounts and unique items.
That's the trouble with things now. Before, if you were trying to save a bit of money, you just avoided the malls. Done. Now, it is not only a matter of avoiding malls, but avoiding computers, smart phones and anything with an internet connection.
I think the same "want" phenomena goes with dieting as well. You could be having a perfectly ordinary day. Perhaps you glanced at your reflection in the mirror, realized that your backside has taken on global proportions and decided it was time to trim it down a bit. I can all but guarantee that the next day you will crave things that didn't even enter your brain the day before. It's reverse psychology or something.
So far, I have been doing relatively well on my retail avoidance plan. I do say relatively well, because I did have a bit of a blip when I ordered a robotic vacuum online. But, that's practical right? That's another downfall of mine, I can justify almost any purchase as long as I get it on sale. I have the bargain gene, passed down from my mother. If it is on sale, then chances are it will be hard for me to pass it by.
On a positive note, I have realized though that my retail "wants" are very similar to food cravings; they are short lived. This was a bit of a breakthrough. I realized that I can look at the item in question, marvel at it, but realize that I do not really need the silicon star shaped egg mold. My children will have to make do with a non-celestial shaped breakfast. I think they'll survive.