Friday, September 16, 2011
Self-Control + Shopping
Shopping. I really do LOVE shopping. And that is something I've really had to practice self control with lately. This weekend will be a minefield for my budget. I am heading down to the Gulf Coast of Alabama for my Nana's 90th birthday celebration. On my way to and from my Aunt's beach house, I will drive right past the Tanger Outlets in Foley, AL. This can be dangerous.
As it happens, I "like" the Tanger Outlets on Facebook. And coming across my newsfeed today was their latest status showing the Pink event going on. Yikes. I looooovvvvveeeeee this particular event.AND if I buy $10 worth of Pink cards, I get a free Pink Pashmina. (And it just so happens a pink scarf is on Princess Penelope's must have list this year. Double Yikes)
A few years ago the Princess and I were down on the Gulf Coast for a soccer tournament. She sprained her ankle in the final game. As we were heading home, we started to pass the outlets. Princess begged to stop at the Coach outlet (as a Coach bag was #1 on her Christmas list) --- so I stopped. We walked into the store, well... she hobbled into the store.... and it was like OMG! The entire store was WAY marked down! So, we find out from the clerk that if we go down to the outlet's customer service and purchase the "Pink" cards for $1, we can get 25% off whatever we buy. Princess sat down in the store and I dashed down to customer service and bought the Pink Cards. We had so much fun and got such GREAT deals --- which I put on the credit card, naturally! Sigh.
I'd really love to go and check out what's what there this weekend. And see if I can knock out some of my Christmas Shopping -- and put NONE of it on my credit card. What I DON'T want to do is go crazy --- it's not a bargain if it doesn't fit into my budget. So, my real question here is.... do I have the self-control.... or do I need to keep on driving?