It seemed to take forever- and I didn't understand why. I mean, I'm used to simple trips into town taking 2 or 3 hours because of the child-by the time you get him ready, dressed, and into the car that's a good 30 minutes gone already. Gone are the days of grabbing my purse,locking the door and hitting the road.
Anyway I went out shopping and ended up being gone for 11 hours. YEA! What really took so much time was how differently I was thinking about items- for me and my house. After going through 2 AT cures, and one WT, I found I was looking at items with a much more discerning eye. Did I really need that? What would I do with it? Does it match the items I already have? Is it something I love? Does it fit me well? It is right- or just right now? It's amazing how much less I bought (and wanted) once I asked those questions of myself. Now, I still bought a lot on this trip
- 2 blazers for me- one blue, one brown. Yes, I still want to lose weight and these jackets were on final clearance at TJ Maxx for 10 bucks each. ( I had looked at them when they were full price) So, these are my style, and they will fit me now and until I loose some weight. And when I can no longer wear them anymore I won't feel that bad about it because of their price
- 2 sport coats for the MR.( He has to dress up for his job.)
- 2 t shirts for me. One short sleeve black t- tissue weight with a round neckline and longer length, one brown long sleeve with a v neck. ( I love Eddie Bauer)
- a fisherprice castle play set for my kid.
But what I didn't get was more telling- I didn't buy another pair of Levis because I have 4 pr of jeans that I wear now, I didn't buy a new handbag because I didn't think I would carry it enough to bring down the cost per wear to an acceptable level, I didn't buy any shoes (even though there were some cheap nice ones at TJ's) because they didn't fit into my style and they weren't all the comfortable. I could go on and on, but the final point is this. I think I got great stuff, and great prices, that look good on my family. But I only got the great stuff ,and I got what we( kind of ) needed.
This is why I yell at the tv so much right now. Our national economy is so so. It is very, very bad where I live. Our President is telling people who live pay check to paycheck to go out and shop to save our economy. Heck, he's even going to give us more money to go and do it. (by borrowing from our future and raising the debt ) Instead of telling people they need to live within their means, save money and pay down their debt it's " shop till you drop" ( I heard yesterday on NPR the average American has 10,000$ of credit card debt.) How crazy is that? Why are we are giving our children a shopping bill? And a huge shopping bill for what? 600, 900, 1200 dollars? What will that get us? Gas in the SUV that we shouldn't be driving anyway? Disposable items we don't really need? A flatscreen tv made in China? I know I am going to use the money that we will get eventually to pay down some credit card bills. I don't want to be sheeple and go out and buy something because I am being told to.