A Fool And His Money...  

vrec_dawn 40M
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7/1/2006 7:17 pm

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7/5/2006 5:37 pm

A Fool And His Money...

I don't know what's wrong with me lately. (Well, I do know, but I can't seem to stop myself.) I'm spending money like mad. I've bought some men's lingerie (you know, pajamas and a robe, since that's about all men get unless they want to cross dress), naughty movies, a naughty toy, new speakers for the computer, a new digital camera ... all stuff I don't need. Meanwhile I'm still sleeping on an air mattress and am living out of a suitcase.

Okay, so today was a little better. I spent $110 at Wally World, but this time for useful things. I got fishy water treatment stuff (which I'm sure the fish will appreciate), some more energy-saving lightbulbs (man this 30W '135W replacement' for my basement is so cool), a lot of car maintanance crap (oil, oil filter, air filter, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, yada yada to prepare my car for my drive down to Illinois to see my sister in two weeks), a pizza for dinner, and some diet pills.

But still ... have I bought the rods and shelf boards to finish my closets so that I can actually hang my clothes up again? No. Have I bought shades to cover my windows so that I can stop using sheets stuffed into the frames as curtains? No. Have I bought myself a real bed so that I can stop sleeping on an air mattress? No. Have I gotten my weed-wacker fixed to that my yard doesn't have long patches where my mower can't corner into? No. Have I bought clothes to replace my smoke damaged ones? No. Get the theme?

It's like every last dollar that I manage to allocate to non-emergency spending gets spent immediately on mostly stupid stuff to gratify. Not on things that I still need that just aren't emergencies. I need help.

Iwakura16Eyes 37F

7/1/2006 8:49 pm

IKEA is a great place for energy saving light bulbs and they are uber-cheap...


vrec_dawn replies on 7/5/2006 5:38 pm:
Isn't Ikea that place with all of the cheap trendy furniture that breaks a month later? Or am I confused?

druidrocker 62F

7/2/2006 8:37 am

Good boy ! You bought stuff to actually make your life better - even though they were small items.

Here is a little trick I play on myself to help keep the "impulse" spending down.

I see something I want to buy - not because I need it but because I want it - I talk to myself and say that I better go get what I need first - sometimes this will distract me and I'll forget what it was that I almost bought but didn't need. I also make deals with myself if I am really trying to be good and my mind is functioning - I'll say to myself - self - if you still want that tomorrow - you can come back and get it - then I get too lazy to go back - that works best.

vrec_dawn replies on 7/5/2006 5:42 pm:
**ROFLMAO** Where as I just see it and pick it up and forget whatever it was that I actually came to get in the first place. Even if I have a list. (Which I usually forget to put things on anyway.) I wish I were that in control of myself right now. I used to be. Hell, I used to be a freaking bank I saved up so much. And I used to be able to shop for a month without needing a list, and never missed a thing. Then I fell in love. And then I was crushed. And now I'm a clue. Not sure how that happened, but oh well. Of course I suppose it could have been the smoke inhilation and not the emotional trauma. I wonder if I'm dumb now because I'm actually dumb now after going without oxygen. Geeze. That's a scary thought. I hope not.

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