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Day 4: Startling Revelations

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Day 4 was just fine, thank you very much. I'm doing a lot better keeping my eating in range.

The real news of the day is two startling revelations:

1) I have issues spending money! Whenever I embark on a major purchase, I become the most indecisive person in the world! What's up with that? I've been thinking about getting an ipad, and Target has a sale on them this week PLUS I have a 5%-off coupon PLUS I could open a Target credit card and get another 5% off. Still, they're expensive! I didn't really know which exact model I wanted. After a lengthy conversation with the electronics department sales associate, I had to walk away to decide. Do I want the mini or the full-size? How much memory? And DO I EVEN NEED/WANT THIS THING?!?!?! How can I spend $400-600 on something I'm not even sure I need? I went back and forth on this decision 3 or 4 times while looking at patio furniture. There too, I was sure I was going to buy some plastic adirondack chairs, despite the fact that I REALLY wanted wooden ones, but my hubby refuses to make them for me because they'll take up too much space in the shed in the winter. UGH. So plastic stackable adirondack chairs... I walked out of the store without buying one single thing, partly congratulating myself for not being a materialistic, careless spender, and partly wondering how I'm ever going to furnish the deck and porch when I talk myself out of every piece of furniture I lay my eyes on. It's tough being me. [sarcasm]

2) Last summer I discovered some really good hotdogs at our local grocery store. Say what you want about hotdogs. I know. But I believed that these hotdogs, being produced right there in our local grocery store, in their meat department, bearing a label of "All Natural No Preservatives" were better than gross hotdogs. And they tasted good. So. They disappeared from the shelves last fall, and I assumed it was a summer-only item. That's okay. We don't really eat hotdogs, except in the summer. So. The last few trips to the grocery store, I wandered by the wide selection of hotdogs and have not seen the good ones. So I stopped by the meat counter and asked. The guy at the counter said, "We discontinued them." I expressed my disappointment, and the dude said, "Do you want to know why?" Yeah! "Do you remember the stories in the news last year about pink slime?" That's right. I threw up in my mouth and vowed to never eat hotdogs again. (Turns out they weren't actually PRODUCED in our local store, which I think it fraudulent, as they bore the store label. I might sue. [sarcasm])

Today, aside from not eating hodogs, I intend to continue my quest for patio and deck furniture. I am NOT buying an ipad. Seriously. I need one like I need a hole in the head.

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NEWMOMOVER40 5/11/2013 5:16PM

    @beechnut13, that's what I was thinking, and if you make the covers yourself you don't even have to spend too much on them ... I was surprised to find out that fabric stores sell that kind of fabric! LOL. I agree - get the furniture you need to make your deck useable. Maybe you could save money by getting them on Craigslist or at Goodwill!

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KNYAGENYA 5/11/2013 11:14AM

    Yikes! Thanks for reminding me as to why I do not eat hot dogs. Get the furniture...it lasts longer. Good luck.

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BEECHNUT13 5/11/2013 10:37AM

    Ewwwwwww....... blech....

If you cover your patio furniture in the winter, you don't have to put it in the garage - hint, hint. Although, the covers are also pretty expensive.

Good luck!

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RESPONSIBLE4ME 5/11/2013 10:21AM

    Pink slime? Gross! Maybe avoid hot dogs all together unless you make them at home!
I'm the same way with money. I never spend money on myself. Part of the reason (for me at least) is that I think I don't feel i'm worth spending money on but the other part, I think, is that i grew up in a family with everything was surrounded by money and how much we had so i think my childhood might have been aversion therapy for that bit. Regardless, you have a deck-- furnish it so you can enjoy it! Have a great day! emoticon

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