Thursday, August 28, 2008

Retail Therapy Thursday

First off, let me say thank you to everyone who has been praying for me. Your kindness and compassion mean more than you’ll even know. Today is a better day, and I have not yet hyperventilated or burst into tears (said the drama queen).

Moving on, I was shopping the 85% Off Sale at Bergner’s (I am a BIG fan of retail therapy) when I noticed there were no sheets on sale.

Sheets are one of those things I am loathe to buy, because they are so freaking expensive. It irritates me to no end that I can buy a $100 shirt for $18 on sale, and still the price of decent sheets hovers at $39.99 with no significant sale in sight.

By the way, 10% off is NOT a sale; it’s a break on sales tax.

And I mean, they’re just sheets, you know? Unless it’s 800-count solid gold threads being woven by newborn babies in New Zealand, they just shouldn’t be that expensive.

Anyway, the sheet incident made me think back to a conversation I had with my parents when I was growing up. I made some comment about someone who had “money” wouldn’t dress “like that.”

Mom and Dad pointed out people spend their money on different things. Some people put it into nice cars, some into beautifying their homes, and others into the mission field (I usually tuned out at the point where it started to be a spiritual lesson), and so on.

As I grew up, and even now, I see the truth in that observation. Even in myself.

I’d spend $40 on a pair of jean without blinking, but when it comes to sheets, I’m aghast at the cost. Brett would think nothing of dropping $50 over the course of the month on eating out, but when I propose spending the money on curtains, he looks at me like I’m drinking crazy juice.

In the meantime, I’d be content to drive a dependable old clunker to work, while a friend of mine nearly bankrupted herself to buy a convertible. Another friend took out a loan to buy a game system he really wanted.

And while not every purchase is that drastic, it got me thinking. Are there things that you hate to spend money on? Things that you probably need, but you hold off on buying because you want to buy other things with your money?

Mine are easy - sheets, shoes, and purses.

What are yours?


Juliet said...

First off...loved the part about you "drinking crazy juice."

I usually put off buying know what I mean.

Glad you day is going better.

Heidi said...

anything clothes. I hate trying them on, then leaving them all on that rack at the dressing room because they "just didn't fit right". You know things creeping in all the wrong (or sometimes right) places. Such a waste of time.

oooooo, and swimsuits, though I do look forward to wearing my new one at the end of September ( I have lost 20 pounds since our last event at the Dells with hubby's co workers).

Alice said...

Eating out. We have perfectly good food at home--that we already paid an over-inflated grocery bill for. Also, anything car and/or electronic related. Why, that money could be spent on a) books, b) DVD boxed sets, c) lipstick, d) hair highlights. You know, the truly important things.

a joyful nusiance said...

I hate buying clothes for myself.....but I love to for the kids. I love buying shoes for myself also.....the line from the movie, In her shoes, comes to mind when the 1 sister explains why she buys shoes all the time.....she says that shoes always fit clothes don't.......enough said.

Ann-Marie said...

Heidi - Way to go! That is fantastic, and I'm so proud of you for sticking with it, even when it was a struggle! Woo-hoo!

Oh, Alice! You and Brett would definitely disagree! Eating out is his FAVORITE way to waste money. He loves restaurant food SOOO much. I, on the other hand, could live on bagels & cream cheese, grilled cheese, and peanut butter on toast!

Julie, Julie, Julie - do you have normal feet? My feet are weirdly shaped, so shopping for shoes is torture! Plus I only really want one "work" pair, one tennis pair, and one dress pair. I just can't justify $$$ for more - and I'm related to CANDICE, so my shoes always look shabby in comparison, anyway.

Heidi said...

Oh yeah, I hate shopping for shoes -- I have wide feet and few places sell them for prices I can afford. That is why either my shoes have to wear out before I buy more or I only have one pair of tennies, dress shoes (okay, maybe a couple of different colors), and maybe a pair of sandals or two.

And cars. I hate shopping for cars. See my post on our car experience to see why.