I have a serious problem. I call it a sickness.
For the most part I am really good at being frugal. I buy my clothes used from Garage sales and Thrift stores, I am a master at buying cheap food, and I'm pretty good about making do with what we have on hand. I don't "go shopping" for fun and I pride myself on my ability to save money. But I have one glaringly obvious weakness. Cheap Junk. It is my Kryptonite. For some reason I just can't seem to walk away from something I perceive as a great deal, even if I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is junk.
Take yesterday for example. I needed tissue paper for wrapping up my felt cupcakes. That's all I needed. Now, I know the dollar store is a dangerous place for me because of my sickness so I try my best to avoid it, but it is the best deal in town when it comes to tissue paper. I gave myself a little pep talk before going in, mentally writing a thousand times on the chalkboard, "I will only buy what I need. I will only buy what I need. I will only buy what I NEED." I bought tissue paper, some needed school supplies for the kids, a couple Mother's Day cards, and...
a 3D Hansel and Gretel book
and some cute drinking straws with little drink umbrellas on them
So, here I sit, wearing my sombrero, drinking my morning V-8 through an umbrella straw, trying my best to mentally justify these purchases.
I need help.