Crazy week, and it's only half over! Things here have been a little busy, and a little emotional. Roll on, September!
So yesterday, I made it through my first trip to Wal Mart on the new spending diet. And I made exactly ZERO impulse purchases! It didn't hurt that the list of things I actually needed totalled well over two-hundred bucks. Between the jumbo bag of dog food, the two big boxes of diapers, school shoes and grocery items, there was no room in my cart for anything frivolous. Thank heavens for the distance between our house and Booming Metropolis. Knowing I won't be back there for at least two weeks forces me to make a huge list before heading out the door.
The problem with a place like Wal Mart is that when I do need to go there for baby wipes and toilet plungers, I have no choice but to pass racks of cute new purses, shoes, clearance-priced clothes from last season, and makeup I will never wear. And not being allowed to buy it doesn't make me want it any less.
But something strange happened. I promised myself that I'd go home and think about anything I saw that I wanted, and if I still wanted it the next time I was in town (assuming it was still there), I could get it. Which was not part of the original deal. But it made me refrain from grabbing at things just because of the amazing prices. And guess what? Now that I'm home, I can't even remember what any of it looked like!
I think I've made a huge breakthrough here. I do not need to shop! And all this former shopping time I have left over has afforded me a few minutes to start thinking about Firstborn's upcoming birthday party next month. So now I can spend all that extra time making decorations, putting together the invitations and planning a fantastic cake!
Oooh, it's going to be hard to stay out of Michael's...