As we’re going forward with our LBYM 2008 project, I’m doing awfully well at things like reducing gasoline consumption and not going to WalMart. The grocery budget has been going well, too, mostly because I’ve been aggressively clearing out the cupboards and freezer rather than buying ‘new’ food.
However, it is becoming clear that my biggest temptation is going to come from online retailers, especially those of the yarn persuasion.
I get ten or more emails every single day from assorted online companies. Most of them I can delete without being tempted in the slightest to even peek…but there are a few that are almost irresistible to me.
KnitPicks. Gaelsong. Webs. JoAnn.
They’re killing me, man!!
I know that I should simply delete the emails without peeking. I should just hit the delete key. Bang. Gone.
But I peek. I say, “I’ll just look, you know, just for giggles …”
And then they say, “CLEARANCE!” or some junk like that, and I’m clicking on the link and next thing I know I’ve got $75 in my shopping cart.
Fortunately, thus far I have managed to not actually impulse-buy things like Celtic goddess statues and piles of yarn ‘on sale’, but I greatly fear it is only a matter of time before I forget myself.
It’s like being on a diet while working in a chocolate factory.
So, from here on out, I am going to be screening my email. Every day, I’m going to reconfirm my commitment to taking care of business first by going through my incoming mail and deleting even the most tempty of the online retailer offers.
Even if the word ‘clearance’ is in the title. No matter how good the sale, spending money on things I don’t need right now is out of the question.
I have bigger hopes and dreams to take care of, first.
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