WHAT, IF ANYTHING, DID I SPEND MONEY ON THIS WEEK?
We have been pretty disciplined this week. We have been concentrating on eating food we have in our house since Hurricane Irma. The only grocery shopping we have done since my final stock-up before the storm was when my husband stopped and picked up some milk. We were lucky that our power was not out long enough to ruin our food. What probably went a long way in saving our food was that we took large containers, filled them with water, and froze them, leaving the big containers of ice in the fridge and freezer for when the power went out.
By the weekend, the restlessness was starting to set in. We had to get out of the house for awhile! We went out on Friday night to a restaurant we had already purchased a Groupon for–a Brazilian steakhouse where waitstaff walk around with large skewers of meat to offer to diners. After eating a large meal, we went to the mall–not to shop, but to walk around and help our digestion. We did not intend to purchase anything and we did not, but I have to admit I did get some enjoyment out of looking at things, even if I didn’t buy them. We came home that night to a message from friends. We made plans to meet up with them the next day and we spent most of Saturday hanging out with them.
We went to the local library’s book sale. I did buy a book–an autographed copy of one of Arianna Huffington’s books for my autograph collection. (It was embarrassingly inexpensive and the money goes to the library, which I patronize for free regularly. I thought it was a win-win.) Ironically, I noticed that many of the DVDs for sale at the library were the same movies I donated to the Goodwill months ago. As I mentioned, many of those films are now available on streaming services, so I guess a lot of people finally felt better about letting go of them.
For those not in the know, this was the first Saturday of Oktoberfest. We spent the afternoon at a local brewery’s Oktoberfest celebration. It was really quite hot, so after a few hours, we decided to go get pizza at a local pizza place.
We also spent some money on future entertainment. Planning our vacation in more detail, we purchased tickets to a local theme park for the “staycation” portion of our time off. In addition, we bought a Groupon for a discounted Redbox gift card. Conveniently, a movie I really want to see and don’t want to wait for it to get to Netflix to do so will be available on Redbox this week and I was planning to rent it anyway.
I could not resist the siren call of Amazon, though–I got an email offer for $15 promotional credit for Prime Now for purchasing $50 or more in Amazon gift cards. I bought the gift card and spent it on consumable things on my wishlist I would have purchased eventually anyways: Essential oils for my diffuser–lemongrass and eucalyptus–plus kwan loong pain relief oil, which I swear by for my painful, recurring foot problems. (**Another totally free, un-coerced, un-sponsored product endorsement–if you have any kind of pain, I highly recommend this natural, topical oil.)
All of these are consumables. Only one of the items I purchased from Amazon was nonconsumable–focusing on health, I will be purchasing a rehabilitative, medical device. (I won’t go into further personal details.) I will be spending the $15 Prime Now credit on tea, body wash and face wash–also all consumables and all things I intended to buy soon.
I actually spent quite a lot of money this week, but (if I do say so myself) all of the purchases were made very mindfully, after much consideration, and fall into the categories of experiences, medical, or consumables. I took advantage of “deals” for stuff I was going to spend money on anyways, rather than allowing a “deal” convince me to buy things I otherwise wouldn’t have. I am actually quite proud of myself, since it is very clear to me how this money was spent in ways which are more in line with my needs and values. None of this money was spent on “stuff” that will clutter up my house and I will decide in a year or two I hate.
WHAT ELSE WOULD I HAVE BOUGHT?
1. Missoni umbrella. I guess the hurricane got me thinking about rain and umbrellas, and I saw this cheery Missoni one on Rue La La.
It’s obvious that there is a “floodgate” effect. When I allow myself to purchase a few things, it’s hard to shut off the “shopping” part of my brain. While I was browsing Amazon, I made the mistake of clicking the “new items” banner I saw. And all of a sudden I wanted everything…
2. Agate coasters. The day before I saw these on Amazon, my husband and I were discussing the merits of replacing the chipped, decade-old Thirstystone coasters we use that I kept from college. Then I saw these, and you know I am obsessed with crystals.
3. Agate bookends. I have admired similar items when I have seen them in Homegoods and stores of that ilk. They would match the coasters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4. Baggu drawstring bag. If you’ve been paying attention at all, you know I love bags. I have totes, shoulder bags, crossbody bags, clutches/wristlets, a satchel, and a briefcase. One of the few types of bags I do not own is a drawstring bag. It strikes me as very classy, but casual in a way other bags aren’t.
5. Owl kitchen mat. I saw this and immediately thought about how cute it would look in our kitchen, which is currently without any kind of mat.
6. “Little But Fierce” as a woman who has always been small for my age, this (adapted from the Shakespeare quote) is practically my life motto.
7. Sloth canvas tote. Obviously, the last thing I need are new bags, but this is just too cute.
Total amount I saved that I would have spent this week: $273
Running Total: $3,620