Friday, May 8, 2009

Cheap Junk

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...

and....
and....
a sombrero
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.

6 comments:

Poppy said...

I can think of a lot worse things than spending a few extra dollars at the dollar store! Besides, then you don't feel bad when it's time to throw them out!

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

That is SO funny. Who doesn't need those staples of life?? :)

Yarntangler said...

If you hadn't bought the sombrero and the book think of the great picture of your little girl you would have missed sighing over years from now. I know what I'm talking about. One of my favorite pictures of my Eric is the one where he's wearing a sombrero and big grin and Underoos and its 35 years old!

Lucy van Pelt said...

That picture has me laughing hysterically. From my perspective, it was money well spent.

Stephanie said...

I'd be willing to reimburse you the money in exchange for the laugh I got while imagining you wearing a sombrero and drinking V8 through an straw!! LOL I see you kicked back, thumbing through your new 3-D Hansel and Gretel book with a drink in your hand! That's awesome!

Richelle said...

A sombrero for a buck! Cool! I always spend way too much at the dollar store, too. :)