If you recall, last month we did a drawing for a "little prize". Our winners chose gift cards to Target; excellent choice ladies! One of the girls emailed me to let me know she had received it; my reply to her was simple: buy something for YOURSELF. I let her know that we'd be pissed if she bought something for her kids...I am a hypocrite. I should take my own advice, as I suck at buying things for myself. I am the queen of buying things for my kids.
Last weekend was the "friends and family" 30% off sale at Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic. Cause for big excitement in my house (for me anyway, my husband did not share my enthusiasm) Seeing as how down here in slightly more rural southern Maryland shopping options are slim pickins' (unless I want to drive 45 minutes away) off to Old Navy I went with my freshly printed coupon in my hand, ink still wet.
I went with the GOAL to buy something for myself. I was hell bent to find something for ME, the kids be damned. Today's shopping excursion was all about yours truly. An hour later I walked out of Old Navy with 2 bulging bags, a bit lighter in my wallet and not a single damn thing for myself...nothing, nada, zip...you get the picture.
I tried, believe me I tried. But my failure to find anything for myself has multiple reasons:
#1. I'm cheap. Thanks, dad. I look at a shirt and if the price tag has too many numbers before the decimal point, I deem it too expensive (yes, at OLD NAVY...sad, I know)
#2. Trying on clothes often depresses me (for reasons discussed HERE)
#3. Finding clothes for my kids is way more fun, and I can often picture the mini photo shoots that will stem from the purchases of the many adorable, color coordinated items
#4. For each single thing I find for myself, I find 5 times as many things for my kids and if they are cheaper than my ONE item, I will put back my ONE measly item, and purchase the five cheaper options for my kids. F'd up logic, I know.
I have just resigned myself to the fact that now that I have children, shopping will ALWAYS end up being about them. Regardless of whether or not they NEEDED the shoes that were on clearance or the 3 pairs of shorts that were on sale...regardless of the fact that I go into Target for milk, bread, and toilet paper and come out with tshirts, skirts, and flip flops...my life and consequently my wallet revolve around my kids. I guess to an extent it makes sense, as THANKFULLY I do not grow at the same rate my kids do so they need new things far more often than I do. But one of these days I will get rid of the last few college-era items in my closet and buy myself something new...I really will, as long as I have a coupon.
***There is going to be another giveaway soon...something JUST FOR YOU, nothing that could potentially be used for your kids, so make sure you leave a comment!!***