Wednesday, June 15, 2011

"Shop, shop shop until you drop!" Sound familiar?

How about "cha-ching-cha-ching-cha-ching, it's time for bling?"
Made that one up. Just checking to see whether or not you were paying attention.

Most times, a portion of my paycheck goes towards the sane or inane.
I simply can't resist temptation. Now I should mention that an overexaggerated version of the "Lord's Prayer" resonates through my mind when faced with a making a buying decision.
"...and lead ME not into temptation." Given my Catholic core, guilt-free is not one of my strong points. 

"Jewelry, antiques, eclectic decor.
Collectibles, clothing, DVDs, more!
Random journey to NYC?
Concerts, entertainment, that's for me!
Internet shopping- so very slick,
Just try Amazon and buy with "1-click!"

Deep inhale in, exhale out, calm down and BREATHE. Much better now.
Granted I'm not as impossible as I used to be thanks to some wise words, compliments of Bette,
my beautiful mom. "Hail Bette, full of Grace"- there I go again!

Mom is 80 - a very kind, helpful, honest, generous, hard-working woman, enhanced with a dry sense of humor. She possesses an uncanny Gift for financial management and always seems to have cash-on-hand. My sister and I are in a constant state of awe as to HOW she magically materializes it.
Counterfeiting? Gambling? Extortion? Pole Dancing? Definitely NOT her speed.

Once in a conversation I had with her years ago, she told me that the key to saving is to look at that potential "something" and simply say to yourself,

"Want or need?"

It did strike me as a laughable piece of advice, yet found myself practicing it.
Certainly at times, I've said "need to want". Some FUN every once in a while isn't a bad thing in my biography, but all in all mom's advice has worked over the years. God Bless Bette!

Remember her words my friends, and while visiting a store you might just show a little shelf control.


  1. Want or need? I'd say 90% of what we spend is want.


  2. I need very little--who does, if we were to be honest? But want? As long as it doesn't get crazy out-of-control, it's fun to indulge those wants. :O)

  3. Need or Want?? We've been living on that need cycle for awhile now...very frugally to get completely out of debt. It has paid off. only 27 more months and the house is completely paid for then I'll get to want a little! Cheers, Jenn.

  4. Want or need.... Nah, if I see it, I want it, forget whether I need it! Thankfully I don't have the kind of spare money that allows the want to turn into bought... I'd need a new house or three! Fun post with a serious point methinks *hugs*

  5. if you really really want NEED it..hehe SOOOOooo glad you really really saw that antique bottle and WANTED to give it to me..cuz i really really NEEDED that in my collection : ) MUAH!! love you sweet glad you are playing with us in GBE land.."we are famileee i got my blogger n me" hehe

  6. LOL- you are TOO funny! Can just hear the Pointer Sisters now! Love buying gifts for special people in my Life ...namely YOU! The world is a better place since you are back in it! MUAH and love to you!:)

  7. Love the humor and the advice!

  8. Yes, but then we'd realize that we really don't NEED much at all. What fun is that? ;)