I felt it was necessary to post an update about the Embargo, considering my last post about it indicated that I was faced with a whole lot of temptation. And, yes, I truly was. In fact, I still am. But a promise is a promise, no matter how bad of an idea it seems right now.
(And, yes, I’m fully aware of the fact that when I look at my receipts in August, at the end of this Embargo, I will be quite pleased with myself and the small increase to my savings account because of my efforts. But right now, it really sucks. It’s kind of like being on a diet of rice cakes and water for a week, knowing full well that at the end of the week you would have lost an obscene amount of weight. You want to get to that next size down, but you don’t want to put in the effort. And right now, I really don’t want to put in the effort.)
My purchases this weekend were as follows:
- From the Carter’s Outlet: 8 1-piece pajamas for the baby, 2 of which are in the next size up. Total cost: $85, including tax. Because of this purchase, I also received a coupon for $20 off a $50 purchase if I return this month to buy more clothes for him. Considering that I need to buy more pants for him, this is probably a good thing.
- From the Old Navy Outlet: 3 pairs of socks for the baby. Total cost: $1.60 How can you possibly beat that?
- From Target: A bubble mailer (so I can mail something out to one of my neighbors), some white onesies for the baby in his correct size (I had to pack up all but 4 of his current onesies because I can barely get them over his head), some shampoo (with a coupon!), 2 jars of baby food, 2 refills for the Diaper Genie ($2 off the regular price – the lowest price I’ve ever seen), light bulbs, and wipes. Total cost: $46, including tax. And you have no idea how difficult it was for me to rein myself in, especially since the Nintendo DS Lite was on sale – and they had a red one in stock, staring at me!
- And from the grocery store, $35 of food.
All in all, it wasn’t terrible. I am most proud, though, of the fact that absolutely none of this was on plastic. Everything was paid for in cash. (Well, I broke out the debit card at Carter’s, so I didn’t exactly plan that one too well…)
And, of course, what greets me in the Sunday paper but scads of ads tempting me to go out and buy things that I want but don’t really need. So, in that respect, this Embargo is a good thing. After all, as much as I want a Nintendo DS (because, mind you, everyone else has one), I have much better things to do than sit around playing it.
Like laundry. Or even better, sleep!