Thursday, August 6, 2015

Impulsive

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Above, you see the definition of the word impulsive.  That pretty much fits......

I can be a very impulsive person when it comes to spending money.  Thankfully, I’ve managed to get my spending under control to the point that my impulsiveness doesn’t surpass my budget anymore but parting me with my spending money is not hard.

Those sale displays right where I walk into the grocery store stop me every time.  Never mind that, most of the time, they contain nothing that I NEED; just what I want.  “Oooh, we haven’t had that in a while”.  Consider me sold.  I rarely take my teens grocery shopping with me anymore.  I’m bad enough on my own without them popping up next to me with Nutella/Gatorade/cake mix/ice cream/fill-in-the-blank-here saying “Mom, please!”  Yeah, twist my rubber arm kid!

It’s not just the grocery store though.  I am almost physically incapable of walking past the book store without stopping to see what’s new.  Walking out of the store without a new book in my bag is a massive feat of self-control which I rarely accomplish.  My kids laugh at me when I decide to stand strong and go by without going in.  I literally go by with my gaze averted chanting “I will not go in, I will not go in…….” because I know that if I do go in, I’m a goner.

I’ve gone into places like the grocery store and Walmart with the best of intentions and even a list to stick to but I never quite manage it.  There’s always something on sale or cleverly placed at the end of an aisle that catches my eye and, before you know it, it’s in my cart as if by magic.

I’m the same way with big-ticket items too.  Once I decide that I want/need it and I have the (“extra”) money, that’s it.  I’m not one of those people who spend ages comparison shopping, reading endless reviews, watching the flyers for impending sales.  No, once I decide I want something, I will go online to see where it is available, read a few reviews just to be sure and then off I go to make my purchase.  There are no weeks or months of agonizing over it for this girl. 

That’s how I ended up with my new phone.  I had a tax refund burning a hole in my pocket just when the new Samsung Galaxy S6 came out.  The reviews were good and I REALLY wanted it.  It was very impulsive of me but I don’t regret it one little bit.

That’s one thing that I’ve been lucky with so far; most of my impulse purchases – big and small – tend to work out well.  My first thought tends to be the best call for me.  It’s only when I start second-guessing myself that I mess it up.  Maybe, sometimes, the impulsive urge is just our intuition kicking in and saying “Yes, that’s the right choice” and we just need to trust it.  At least that’s my theory and I’m sticking to it!

Mama’s Losin’ It


Kathy

12 comments:

  1. I'm impulsive, too. Our grocery store's dream, really. When I have to take the teens to the store, I'll say I need 5 things and list them out. I never leave with only those things, despite the teens continuously chirping in my ear that I said ONLY 5 THINGS!

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    1. We must be soul-mates Christine, lol!

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  2. That's a calculated buy by my books. Hope you enjoy using the new phone. I too sometimes buy things on impulse online.

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    1. I am loving it! Oh, it's so easy to be tempted online. There's nothing better than shopping in your pajamas!

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  3. I have always believed in going with your gut and like you I've done pretty well with my purchases. Laptops, TV and phones have all been pretty good buys so far.

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    1. Yep, I only seem to have regrets when I have second-guessed myself. Go with your gut! :)

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  4. I'm an impulse buyer, too. It especially can be risky when it is vehicles I'm looking at ....

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    1. Those big-ticket buys are the ones that are really scary! Trust your instinct but, perhaps, read just a few reviews ;)

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  5. You and I should never go shopping alone together because I'm the same way. We would be all "Yeah, you definitely need that. Buy it!"

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    1. I agree, we would totally need a babysitter for ourselves, never mind the kids!

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  6. My daughter the other day asked if it was okay to leave a store without buying something.... so yeah, apparently I have a problem too.

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    1. That's hilarious! I'm willing to bet my kids have had the same thought :)

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