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Too Many Unexpected Purchases

Going into and out of the mall a number of times this week did a wonder on my wallet. It started out innocently enough with a trip to the Apple store to fix the fan in my MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, it took the Apple folks a few hours to run diagnostics on my computer, which left me walking aimlessly through the mall for two and a half hours.

After eating a very unhealthy $6 meal in the food court I decided to venture into a couple of stores. I walked in and out of most stores, but the lure of Crate and Barrel was too tempting to ignore. I proceeded inside and plunked down $19.95 for a set of glass bowls, $14.95 for a hand blown candle holder and another $5.95 for the turquoise marbles displayed inside of it.

Luckily the Apple folks called to let me know the diagnostics were complete. Had they not called I probably would’ve made at least one other purchase. Interestingly enough I didn’t have to pay a penny out of pocket for my Crate and Barrel purchases. Before I left for the mall I went digging through my old gift card stash and found a gift card left over from our wedding. (I’ve been married for nearly five years now!)

The Apple rep suggested that I send my Mac for repairs, which would’ve cost over $300. An in store repair cost $108 so I opted for the second option. I took my Macbook Pro home and waited for the parts to arrive. A few days later Apple called to let me know my fan was in stock. So I went back to the mall to drop it off.

Of course, with all of this shopping under my skin I decided to stop off first at DSW. I wanted to buy a new pair of Adidas flip flops for myself along with a pair for my husband. Of course, I decided to poke around the rest of the store and came home with two additional pairs I certainly didn’t intend to purchase. That little side venture cost me a little over $100.

After returning home a day or so later with my newly fixed and very quiet laptop I found that our Internet had completely quit on us. So I headed out the very next morning for a new cable modem. Total cost $79.99 plus tax.

The cost of the cable modem and laptop couldn’t have been avoided. Well, not unless I stopped blogging and diddling on the Internet. I might even convince myself that the Crate and Barrel purchases are simply a delayed wedding present, but spending over $100 in shoes is really quite ridiculous. Especially when I came home and looked at all of the shoes in my closet that I almost never wear.

While digging around the closet I decided to take stock of my clothes. I weeded through my drawers and rearranged my closet so that I can clearly see every article of clothing that I own. With my laptop fixed and the Internet working I don’t see the need to venture to a mall any time in the near future, but if I do end up there I want a visual image to remind me that I have plenty of ‘x’ and ‘y’ hanging in my closet at home.

One Frugal Girl

Tuesday 16th of June 2009

@hustler -- I completely agree with letting loose every once in awhile I just wish I'd spent the money on something more exciting than new shoes :-)

@Debt Dieter -- Actually I am considering returning at least one pair of shoes.

Debt Dieter

Monday 15th of June 2009

If it's so distressing, can you return the shoes?

Tracey

Monday 15th of June 2009

I'm going to be out picking up a few gifts and other miscellaneous items this week - hoping I can resist the urge to shop for myself (or the girls!) and overspend.

me in millions

Monday 15th of June 2009

That's exactly why I have to avoid the mall at all costs. The lure of the shoes and the clothes is too much!

hustler

Sunday 14th of June 2009

Sometimes I pinch and save for so long that there comes a point where I spend with reckless abandon! $100 in shoes is not so bad if you make the shoes last a long time and don't buy any more. Then it evens out. Everyone needs to let loose every once in a while!