I’ve been trying to ignore the recession for awhile now by telling myself that I am really making a difference by stimulating the economy…. A LOT. Well, it got out of hand a couple weekends ago with a HUGE shopping spree and I vowed to stop shopping except for emergency necessities (read: groceries) until June at least… Hey, 1.5 months is a long time for me to go no-shopping-cold-turkey. But everyone is totally helping on my way to not spending money anymore!
First, my mother-in-law sent me these two fabulous pairs of Gucci shoes!!! Thank you thank you thank you!
Second, I made my friend drive over an hour to have dinner with me and she still insisted on picking up the tab (ahem – Alison, I will be getting you back for that one!)
Third, I’ve been debating about getting the Twilight book on CD to listen to during my daily commute (as I’m currently on the last CD of the 7th Harry Potter book – yes, I believe in reading the book, listening to the audio version of the book, and watching the movies COUNTLESS times as evidence that I am completely obsessed). As part of my new vow of saving money I’ve gone to the amazon.com site many times to lovingly look at the audio book, without buying it. Today the hubby called me up to tell me that he got free amazon gift certificates as a perk from his credit card and asked if there was anything I wanted. So I should be expecting my fabulously new and free Twilight audio book by Monday.
Fourth, to save money I started to bring home lunches every day. My pseudo-boss decided that he wanted food from the expensive deli down the street and offered to pick up food for anyone else that wanted lunch too. I felt bad about the lonely leftovers waiting for me in the fridge but I immediately placed an order and handed over the money for my portion of the bill. I got my money back along with my yummy club sandwich and was told the boss was picking up the lunch – which was really nice because gone are the days that he can charge food through to the company.
And finally, I went to a farewell happy hour for one of my co-workers / friends tonight and while many people downed $2 drinks – I decided to splurge on the deliciously unhealthy deep fried mac and cheese balls. When I decided it was time to head home for the night I asked the bartender for my bill – he couldn’t find it listed anywhere that I had gotten anything except for free soda and said that I could just leave without paying for anything since someone forgot to ring up my order. Score!
So why am I writing about this? 1) to brag about my freebees (of course) and 2) as a reminder to myself of all the materialistic things that I’ve gotten lately free of charge and therefore I clearly do NOT need to buy anything more.
I think a big part of the shopping addiction stems from the fact that I memorized my credit card number way back when I got my first real job (meaning: a job that lasted more than 2-3 months during the summer) so it’s incredibly easy for me to shop online as I don’t even have to reach for my wallet to place an order.
Me: Did you hear? I talked mom into coming and visiting me in July.
Tiffi: Yeah, she told me – she’s so excited to meet her grandkids (Spam and Sox).
Me: I know. That was how I convinced her to visit me – I offered her the opportunity to meet the Kittehs. I think she might secretly be coming JUST to meet them.
Tiffi: It’s so unfair. You are SO lucky. Mom only wants to see me when she comes to visit. I wish she’d come to see my pets instead of coming to see me.
Me: What?! You are complaining because mom goes to San Fran just to see you, and you are jealous that she may be coming to Stamford JUST to see my cats… and not to see me.
Me: Besides, your pets don’t count… they aren’t cute and cuddly and sleeping on your bed. Your pets are horses!
Tiffi: Exactly. They are so much better than silly little cats.
I use it as my link to the internet and I’m constantly on one of the apps I’ve downloaded. So I’ve forgotten about the whole phone-part of the IPhone. Upon reading an email from my friend that I just received asking why I didn’t call her back I finally checked the “phone” part of my iphone which listed all the voicemails I hadn’t listened to over the last week.
Fixed my insomnia issue! Which means I slept over 10 hours last night and woke up only half an hour before I was supposed to be at work. Needless to say… I was late.