If there’s one thing I need to watch out for right now, it’s those pesky impulse buys. I swear, you put something shiny or tasty in front of me at the check out line and odds are I’ll buy it. Or eat it!
It doesn’t happen as often as it used to (like when we bought our HOUSE!!! Aye) , but it’s the whole concept of “grabbing before thinking” that I’ve gotta watch for. That $hit’s scary. And is why I always “trick” myself by just never going into stores to begin with anymore :) (Making Xmas shopping very hard btw. Walking into those malls off a 6-month no-entering rule REALLY messes with your mind. There’s bright lights and flashy thing-a-ma-bobs everywhere! It’s like Vegas, only the slots are sales racks and the dancers are soccer moms! Haha… do you have a nice visual now?)
But I think going forward I may have to think about this woman’s story below. I don’t know why I’ve been saving it for so long, but this was left on a giveaway post I did a while back and I’ve always liked it :) I think because the commenter was so real and honest about the whole situation once she had time to filter it all. Clear as day when you step back and look at things!
Here’s Serenity’s story:
My worst impulse buy ever was an acoustic guitar. While most might say that it was a great purchase, here’s all my reasons why it was a really stupid impulse buy:
1) I didn’t even know how to play the guitar at the time (nor do I really know now!)
2) He’s my ex-boyfriend for a reason. He was so controlling and wanted me to get involved in his crappy cover band even though I didn’t know how to play. He basically nagged/cajolled/threatened me there in the store (along with the salesman) until I relented
3) I made the purchase on a credit card, i.e. money I didn’t have
4) I managed to convince myself that it was a good deal because it was on sale, when later I found out I could have bought the same guitar with a case for half what I paid
5) I still have the guitar and haven’t been able to sell it, even though I’ve listed in on Craigslist for a quarter of what I paid! So basically, I have a very large paperweight (guitar in hard case) just cluttering up my living room
The best line ever – “I managed to convince myself that it was a good deal.” How many times have YOU done that?! Man… that sums up about 80% of my idiot purchases. Everything always seems so wonderful and exciting when you’re in the stores! ;) I should print this out and put it in my pocket. Although, if you don’t take the time to think before buying, how will I remember to check my pocket in the first place? Oooooooh! Put it in my wallet! haha… Serenity, on a scale from 1-10, how weirded out would you get by this? :)
What are some of the things you guys fall for? Any tricks to *thinking* before BUYING?
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