Ah, the holiday season. Where you feel as though you’re buying something every time you turn around. And yes, I know plenty of you bought up for the holiday season long ago. But it’s not just gifts, though those are a large part of it. It’s deals on things you’ve been meaning to get.
In the last two weeks, I’ve purchased:
- A dishwasher
- Underwear for Tim
- Protein bars
- Mom’s birthday gift
- Five gifts for Tim (one for his birthday, the rest for Christmas)
- A birthday gift for Tim from Nadine, who just doesn’t much like to buy online
- Two gifts for Nadine
- Some face cream for myself
- A purse for myself
I need a basic black purse. I love my other ones, but they’re a bit dressy for the scrubby clothes I often wear. If I’m wearing cotton shorts and a t-shirt with paint on it, I don’t really want to take my bright red, faux-alligator purse.
I had wanted to just find some I liked and put them on a wishlist. But Tim insisted that he didn’t want to accidentally pick the wrong one. So we bought it then and there at Kohl’s. Which was during a 50% off, plus a fellow customer was giving away some 20% off coupons she didn’t need. All in all, I got a nice (but not too nice) black purse for $24 after tax.
Then there’s the face cream. I’ve been thinking about going back to the stuff for some time now, but it’s pricier than I’d like. Thanks to holiday sales, I got two of the item for literally a $1 cheaper than just buying one. Plus 5% cash back through Mr. Rebates.
And I’ve been trying to coordinate who’s buying what for Tim for Christmas. Which is exhausting in and of itself.
Oh, and I apparently decided that this was a good time to open my collection back up. It’s been sitting in the garage for the last three years.
Money was tight when we first got into the house, and I didn’t want the temptation. Also, the room I wanted to use for it didn’t have a curtain, which bothered me. (Still does, but after three years I’ve accepted it may never happen.) And finally, I had to sell of a bunch of items to help with the down payment. A lot. Like, I was sure I’d gutted the friggin’ thing. Part of me didn’t want to unbox and be reminded of everything I’d lost.
So… turns out I still have a crap-ton of stuff. Items that I was convinced I’d sold off (and, even in the abstract, missed keenly) were waiting for me. What’s worrisome is that there are things I don’t remember buying at all. Or just barely. To be fair, I could only afford to collect by buying lots, keeping one or two items, then selling the rest. Things can get fuzzy when you do it that way. Also: three years.
Unfortunately, I had also forgotten some of the items I did sell. Two notable ones are missing, and I had completely spaced that. They were heavily in demand, so I let them go. But when I realized for the first time that they were missing, it was a punch in the gut. And now I really, really, really, really want to get them back. Like, now.
I also stupidly joined a discussion board with others who collect, but I needed a question answered. So I have to try to avoid looking at too many pictures… or the people selling stuff there. Double sigh.
I’m trying to keep it throttled, but I’ve definitely caved on eBay with one major thing (about $70) and a few minor ones (a total of about $45). That’s significant, so I’m trying to remember those amounts as I see… tonsofstuffthatIneedrightnowgimmegimmegimme. Sigh.
In other words, it looks like it’ll be a long road ahead. I’ll just keep reminding myself of all the spending I’m doing. Hopefully, that will help
What holiday sales have you taken advantage of for yourself? Do any of you have collections tempting you?