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An “I Don’t Wanna” Kinda Day


It’s Saturday morning and I woke up today not wanting to think or worry about money anymore…like EVER.  I want to just have a day of finance free thinking.  That should be easy enough it seems but my error is that I want to then turn it into a spending frenzy kind of day!  I truly have an urge to go shop and I do not need a thing.  I could certainly create some need but it would be a total creation.  So, instead of surfing some shopping websites on the internet…I’m writing on the blog.

Insert pleasant hold music here.

I want to write a whole bunch of words that encourage me to be strong and sit still and not cave…but they aren’t coming to me.  Instead the words that are screaming in my head are all about those great outlet stores in between San Antonio and Austin.  Then my brain says if I am that far north I might as well hit IKEA.  I need to visit the parents in New Braunfels and I should take them some of this food I just got but I want to stop and get them something random too!

So welcome to my brain this morning…I wonder which part of it will win.  The smart gal who has kicked debt’s a** over the last year…or the brat who just wants a fix.

I’ll report back…

Container Store = The Devil


The Devil that I overcame!

Sunday was a very good day and as I write this I’m not feeling any remorse about my visit to The Container Store.  Yes, there’s a stream of thought in my mind that is telling me I deserved that shopping trip.  I’ll let you collectively groan as you read that.  I spent $225.  Yes, I could have sent that $225 to debt and while I am not trying to be flip I need you all to know I don’t feel bad about this spending decision.

Did I buy things that I could have done without?  Yes, probably.  Did I get sucked into consumerism disguised as organization?  Uh huh, definitely.  Did I put a lot of things away to pull me off of the $600 I almost spent?  I did.  Did I get that exciting feeling inside that I get when I shop?  Yep.  Does that worry me?  Not a bit!

This shopping trip was planned.  It was not impulse.  I intentionally walked every single aisle of that beautiful store and picked up what I wanted on the first pass.  My cart was pretty full.  I did have a list upon entering but I decided on that first pass to just ignore the list.  It was sort of an experiment in many ways to remember the old Claire and stay true to the new Claire.  I was in the store for almost three hours and I feel that was time well spent!

I bought the grooviest dresser drawer organizers that essentially double the space of my no-longer-scary dresser.  I bought a Simply Human trash can–yes, I did.  I have watched those trash cans for years and didn’t need one until this move when the prior plastic trash can finally bit the dust.  I love my trash can.  It has a side for trash and a side for recycling and it is pretty.  They WERE having their Spring Organization sale  so the trash can was $50 off.  I never knew I’d find so much happiness in a trash can but I have.  I gave some thought to why that is and concluded it is because I no longer make impulse purchases.  I no longer borrow to “buy” stuff I want.  I own this trash can free and clear and there is joy in that reality!  I’m not kidding when I tell you I stared at that trash can all evening and see it as so much more than a really nice trash can.  It is a symbol of good decisions and that you CAN get nice things when you exercise SELF-CONTROL and wait until you have the money saved.

I also bought a few space saving tools that will come in handy in our new smaller space.  I continue to be very content in my apartment and enjoy finding new ways to take up less space!  I did not go crazy and will not go crazy but I also shopped and returned home with no buyer’s remorse.  THAT is a great feeling!  I highly recommend it!  🙂