Had I not blogged last week about some of my goals this year, I would have broken a so-called resolution within the first week of 2007. Accountability works! Actually, I was, and am, more concerned about what my boys will say to me if they found out I had gone shopping just a day after writing that blog. Mom, you said you won’t be buying anything new!
But this time of year is one of the best times to go shopping here. Christmas sale. Boxing sale. Yearend sale. New Year sale. Clearance sale. Warehouse sale. Sidewalk sale. Sale, sale, sale. There’s a sale everywhere. There are great deals out there. I bought a good printer on sale from Best Buy on Boxing Day (December 26). I bought a few more Boxing Day sale items from Wal-Mart and American Eagle.
Then I made a resolution.
Back at work after the New Year, a friend invited me to go with her to Sears. First, I said yes. Then, I said no. Then I said yes. I vacillated. I did not want to tempt myself into buying sale things I did not need. But then I thought I might find a good pair of runners for Gabriel. I won’t be buying for me, I rationalized. And so I went.
Oh boy, were there ever so many cheap buys! Oh, this shoe feels so good on my foot!… Oh, these are good pillows… This shirt and matching cap will fit Markus. These tights will keep my legs warm…I struggled hard to keep my hands in my pocket, or should I say, out of it. My head prevailed.
On Sunday, another friend was telling me about very good sale items at Guildford. Three tops for $10! …75% at a close-out sale! I was very close to going, even just to look around. But can I really go and just look around? Why bother?
I am not a shopaholic. Normally, I can just window-shop. But when stores drop their prices and sell some products at a loss to attract customers and minimize inventory costs, I can do a bit of impulse buying too.
With all the determination I could muster, I decided not to visit the mall. 50% off is still 50% money coming out of your pocket. You are not saving 50%. You are spending 50%. Unless the purchase is really needed or expected, it is an expense at 50% of the regular price, which was probably jacked up in the first place. This is one lesson I learned from the Good Sense budgeting seminar I attended at our church.
I think it's time to make a budget and stick to it.