I am a girl who would spend, on average, 600.00 per month at Target. On mostly crap. I would go on a ‘field trip’ several times per week, armed with a debit card and a voice inside, telling me I just needed to pick up one thing.
I have tailored my spending habits significantly. Now I go to Target maybe 3 times a month and spend about 75.00 for the month. It’s been good for me. So, imagine the glory when I came in possession of one sweet gift card. It shined at me like a beacon of light all dressed up in gold tissue paper and glittery ribbon.
I felt the familiar adrenaline rush I used to get when I would step through those automatic doors underneath the red Target sign, Starbucks in hand. This morning I had no kids and a free morning. Fueled by coffee and pumpkin cake, I headed out and entered the store with a crazed, glassy look in my eye. All the beautiful things beckoned at me to buy them. So many things.
I got the usual Q Tips and boring crap like that but saved the best for last. All the pretties…you know, home decor, candy, books, high waisted jeans, Dr. Who posters and Sons of Anarchy Season 6. I walked through the store like 50 million times and I kid you not, could not figure out nor justify one thing to buy. What the heck? Here I was, ready to roll and nothin’…
It became a contest. I HAVE to buy something. This is ridiculous. I have a gift card in my sweaty hands. I found a pie plate. And a spatula. And licorice. And underwear for my son. Oh, I did find 2 books but instead of buying them, I wrote down the titles to check out at the library. I’m a little disappointed in myself. Surely my priorities aren’t changing? That would be bad, you know to save money and all. Although I admit, I may go back for Sons of Anarchy Season 6….
BIO: Jessica is a wannabe urban homesteader, living in Portland with a blended family of 4 kids, 3 rescue dogs and 4 chickens named after Starbucks drinks. Described by friends as a Feminist Jedi Master, Jessica writes for BLUNTmoms, Scary Mommy, In The Powder Room and Ten To Twenty Parenting. You can find her spreading ‘peace and wisdom’ over at her blog, The Dalai Mama. Find her on Facebook and Twitter @Silverton_F_M