Bargains. Accumulation. Letting go. Making choices.
Friday, July 04, 2014
I don't usually spend money on "extras," but I did today. Spending money on myself is typically accompanied with guilt, but today it was different. It felt like such a treat. My absolute FAVORITE cookbook company, Gooseberry Patch, is having a "Christmas in July Sale," with many of their cookbooks 80% off. Their regular cookbooks are $17 each, but today they were only $4-5. I mean, woo hoo! I bought six cookbooks. I added up my totals before and after the sale. I would've spent $100, but because of the sale, I spent just under $32, and that includes tax and shipping. I am SO EXCITED! What a treat! I cannot wait to get my new cookbooks. I ordered about 12 cookbooks the last time they had a good sale like this. They even gave me a free cookbook, but it was one I already had, so I've decided to save it for a gift. It's a Christmas cookbook, so I think I will give it to someone as a Christmas gift this year.
I guess if I'm being honest, cookbooks aren't completely "for me." I get them because they help me make wonderful meals for my family...and myself. I'd like to think that even if I found myself alone that I'd still cook yummy and different meals for myself. As a wife and mom, I know that preparing tasty meals makes my family happy, and that makes me happy as well. I don't know exactly what it is, by buying new cookbooks is just about one of my favorite things. It comes a close second to cooking. Maybe that's what it is...it's another tool to help me with my cooking. I also love kitchen gadgets, pretty dishes, etc. It all makes me so happy. One day, I would love to have built-in bookcases in my kitchen or pantry for all my cookbooks. And a fireplace. How cool would that be to have a fireplace in the kitchen?
We've had a nice 4th of July. Husband made hotdogs and ribs on the grill, for lunch and dinner, respectively. I made a homemade pasta salad. We also had potato salad, pickles, deviled eggs, and chips. I had plans to make a "stars and stripes fruit parfait" for dessert, but we're all too full. We're planning to avoid fireworks tonight. It's just so much of a hassle that it isn't fun for any of us. Husband and I watched a few episodes of Hoarders today as well. I don't know what it is about that show, but we've always liked it. I think because I see part of myself in some of those situations. I had a bit of a hoard myself, but it was in a garage I had. It hadn't invaded my whole house. It took me a long time and a lot of hard work to go through all that stuff, but eventually I did.
It's kind of the same thing with trying to lose weight and get healthy. It's all a learning process. You can't just get rid of years worth of accumulation in an instant, whether it's boxes of stuff, or pounds of fat. First, you have to learn WHY you accumulated what you did. You have to figure out what all that "excess" truly represents. Once you come to terms with that, you can then begin to change your habits. Now, I don't look for things to acquire. I got my hands on all kinds of free stuff over the years (which is mainly why I ended up with all the stuff that I did). I've learned I can't go looking for stuff, unless it's something I need or something I've thought long and hard about. I try not to buy on impulse. I try my best to wait until something goes on sale, like I did today with the cookbooks. Then I can get what I really want, and I don't have to feel guilty about anything. It's so similar with food and drink. I have to make smart choices. I have to think long and hard about what I choose to eat or drink, and why.
Life is about making choices. I'm learning how to make the best choices for ME.