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I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.

January 25th, 2008 at 03:37 am



That's a quote from the lusty and busty Mae West, who was known to overindulge in many areas of her life. I have to admit I can relate to her in some ways. I've overindulged in many things, too. And it becomes habit if we let it. Breaking the habit of overindulgence, regardless of the 'drug' of choice, isn't easy. But I think that with work and dedication, progress comes. Baby steps are a start if they're in the right direction...

I went to the store today to talk to my boss about something. DH had commented last night about how he likes the cheap Mossimo knickers I got there and how they make my rear look 'very nice' and I should get more of them. So when I went to the store I intended to get more of those knickers if they were still at the nice clearance price. I figured I might treat myself to a Java Chip Frappuccino while I was out, too. I had $24 in cash in my coin purse and a check "just in case".

I got to the store and my boss wasn't there so I left her a note then headed to the clearance racks only to find there were no more knickers. There were very similar ones on other racks but they were full price between $14 and $17 and I didn't want to pay that.

I wandered over to the accessories and looked at the purses that were clearanced. There were some great ones for $4 but none of them appealed to me enough to choose one so I mosied over to the stationery.

I'm in the market for some kind of purse sized notepad or journal but they were all priced between $7 and $20. I found one I really liked but the thought of paying $20 for something in which to record expenses just struck me as incredibly stupid. I didn't want or need one that badly.

I headed back to the java joint to see if my boss was there yet. She wasn't but I talked to one of my co-workers for a few minutes. Soon the fragrance of coffee met my nostrils and the sound of the blender whirring assaulted my ears and I was tempted to order my favorite drink. I won't deny it;I was sorely tempted! But even with the discount, it costs over $3 so I left empty handed, consoling myself with the thought that I could make a cup of joe at home.

So yes, I left that store without buying anything at all. Nothing! No $4.84 knickers, no $4 purse, no $20 journal, not even an overpriced Java Chip Frappuccino!

Oh my, what's happening to me?

3 Responses to “I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.”

  1. baselle Says:

    You're honing your discretionary spending. Find exactly what you want, and spend only when you find exactly what you want. Not finding it, you chose not to spend anything. Awesome!

  2. luxlivingfrugalis Says:

    I love Mae West!

    You have been inoculated with the 'fruggies'. Resistance is futile.

  3. denisentexas Says:

    The fruggies, huh? Well, I hope there's no cure or if there is I hope it bypasses me. Smile
    Baselle, that's what it felt like - honing. I could have easily spent the $24 and used the check but I just didn't want to. I'll find the journal or note pad at a dollar store and it will be what I want and reasonably priced, too, I think! And if there are enough of the new knickers, they'll at some point be clearanced and I'll get them then. And my regular coffee is just fine! lol

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