I spent a significant amount of money today. I’m not big on clothes shopping. I have to be in a certain mood to even contemplate it. Even when I know there are great deals out there to be gotten, Still, I waiver before purchasing a shirt that’s been marked down 60% to an amazing $8.

It started out innocently enough. I sought out to purchase a gift for a bridal shower. Starting at a kitchen store, I hoped they would have what I was looking for. Alas, the perfect gift was not there… however, a cheese grater and pseudo “pampered chef” chopper called to me. Kitchen stores, in general, are my weakness. It must be their association with food that draws me in. $30 in, I continued on. At the next kitchen store, it took me a while (and a sales rep) to find the gift I’d been searching for. As soon as I found it, I made my way up to the counter to claim my merchandise and set out for home. $70 in at this point.

I was almost out… almost. Unfortunately, Gap taunted me on the way out. Actually, the 50% off sign taunted me. I stopped in, expecting to find nothing and continue on my merry way. It’s bittersweet for me to look for clothes. Part of me hopes that nothing will appeal, saving me money and time that won’t be spent in the dressing room. The other part of me hopes that something perfect & cheap will throw itself into my arms and I’ll walk away quite happy.

From the moment I walked in, I knew I was in trouble. Immediately found something that was too cute & cheap to resist trying on. That solitary item soon turned into 2… 3…. 4… eventually I walked into the dressing room with 7 items. Still not too bad overall. The dressing room experience went well; I had about a 50% success rate with my selections. I came out and traded a few shirts for their duplicate in varying colors & stood in line. The Gap trip totalled out to $82.95. Gasp.

I walked away from the trip with a few new awesome kitchen items, a gift & 8 new articles of clothing… and a new credit card bill for $150. Visa loves me.


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Mom to "C", wife to Ben. I'm a part-time blogger, cook, organizer, seamstress, house cleaner, taxi, nurse (the mom kind), accountant... I could go on, but really... it's all in the blog. Read away!

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