Something for ME...

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, 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 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!!***


Baedke Family said...
March 24, 2010 at 8:58 AM

I read this post and thought this is so me. My mom tells me all the time to find something for myself, but like you guys I go into Old Navy knowing that after just having a baby I needed some new stuff to make me look and feel good, but end up going by the baby/toddler section and find things for my 3 year old daughter and 2 month old son. I can't help shopping for them. IT is so much more fun shopping for them then me, maybe because I don't have to try anything on. That is the worst part of shopping for myself. I see it on the hanger and think how cute it looks and then try it on and I am disgusted. Oh well. Sorry wrote a long comment! Love the daily blog posts! Look forward to them every day!

Anonymous said...
March 24, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Same here. But I have boys and don't always end up buying clothes, I usually end up buying toys, books, balls, cars and trucks or posters that I think would look cute on their wall. LOL. I must stop because our house is overflowing with toys and is beginning to look like a daycare center. I can totally see my house being the fun house that all the kids want to play at because of all the cool toys. I also do the same thing grocery shopping. I buy whatever the kids love, regardless if I like it or not.

scoe4it said...
March 24, 2010 at 2:07 PM

I could have written this post!! (Except I'm not usually as funny as you gals!!) I'm waiting until I lose more baby weight to buy myself clothes that I really fit into and like; but my 'baby' is two!! Maybe someday...

Alecia said...
March 25, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Oh Anne,
I can SO totally relate to this post!! I feel like even when I go shopping for myself I end up shopping for the kids! For all the same reasons you do!
One my splurge is scrappin supplies but since my kids spend just as much time in my room as I do, that really doesn't count!
I have recently started treating myself to some goodies and it sure feels nice!

Natasha said...
March 25, 2010 at 10:39 AM

I am expecting my first baby in August and already am buying so many things for baby and whined about splurging on pregnancy pants. Pregnancy pants people, you NEED those! Thanks for the fun blog!

Scott said...
March 25, 2010 at 1:50 PM

How is it that you always can read my mind? I can not agree more to the statement of every one thing I find for myself, I can find 5 other things for the kids. Why is that??

Heather said...
March 26, 2010 at 9:40 AM

It's so crazy, if I didn't know better, I'd think we were related!

Marci said...
March 26, 2010 at 4:53 PM

I think this is pretty "parent typical." I need new clothes again soon b/c nothing I have from last summer will fit me but what will I end up doing? Buying the kids clothes and pulling up my pants :P

Meg said...
March 29, 2010 at 11:10 AM

hahahaha I am so there with you!! I hate trying things on too, and unless I really really need something, if I have to actually go into a dressing room - forget it ;) I have been known to try tops on in the middle of the store if I have a camisole on, so it's not IMPOSSIBLE to buy things for myself, but pretty unlikely ;)
spent way too much time reading your blog today to catch up, now back to work!!! love it though :)

BAHGL said...
April 11, 2010 at 9:59 PM

I feel the same way!!

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