Tuesday, August 19, 2008



SAVE A NICKEL JUST TO SPEND A DIME

So I'm writing, and trying to "drop in," using every trick in the book: music, candles, a little centering prayer beforehand, and still I'm highly distracted, listening to all the words of the songs rather than allowing them to fall into the background, annoyed by the jack hammer outside, reminded by the buzzer of the dryer that it's time to switch loads, etc. Suddenly Ferron sings in my ears, "You save a nickel just to spend a dime," and I start to laugh. Oh my hell of God, that is SO me!

Three Classic Carrie examples immediately spring to mind:

Wouldn't buy the $99 running shoes my beloved/trusted/knowledgeable walking partner of 9 years suggested, so bought a pair of $49 shoes that injured my knee, replaced them with another $49 pair that injured it further, THEN bought the $99 pair that solved the whole problem.

Went shopping in the spring, found a darling white cardigan that would go with everything I owned - too expensive - didn't buy it. Thought about it for months. Regretted not having bought it. Went shopping a few months later, found it on sale. Didn't buy it, not sure I needed it after all. Decided I couldn't live without it, too late, it was gone, bought a similar one, full price.

Bought Rojo a refurbished Mac for his birthday, he is so hard on computers, infects them with an untold number of viruses, removes the keys, etc., but uses them a lot, and needs one for school. Decided Mac was the way to go. Decided $1,000 + was not the way to go. Bought one Mac off eBay, didn't work, sent it back, spending $25 in additional shipping fees. Bought another one from eBay, believing it was WiFi ready. It was not. Hired an expert to come to my house and get it WiFi ready. He had me order a WiFi card that would "definitely work." It definitely does not. Do not have the receipt for the definitely on my last nerve WiFi card. Am just about ready to buy a new Mac for myself, and give Rojo mine, if only I can find some poor sucker sweet soul to take eBay purchase #2 off my hands.

Now I'm pissing more time away writing about pissing money away, when what I should/said I'd be doing today is finishing my flippin' book proposal, so I can make some money to cover all my unnecessary and embarrassing expenditures!

To borrow another great Rojo-ism, "I'm kicking my own ass!"


* Photo from flickr.com

15 comments:

Jamie said...

Good luck with staying on task it can be soo hard sometimes and great post!!

La La said...

I wish I did not get this! : )

Jenny said...

This is totally my hubby's approach to spending. I'm always telling him, "See, honey. It's expensive being cheap!"

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Jenny - Are you calling me cheap? : )

Maddy said...

Ooo er I am too distracted by 'book proposal' to write anything sensible.
Cheers

Eileen said...

I wish my husband would get this message! He tries so hard to be cheap, save money and it almost always comes back to haunt him. That and I am always right, kidding.
XOXOXO

Laura B said...

Remember school is just about to start so get that checkbook ready. I think you even wrote a blog about knowing how to tell that your kids went to private school by all the money you spent. (Spending money saving their souls no doubt) Now add the price of gas that has inlated all these other prices and I'm sure you're going to have lots more to say on this subject. At least it will be clever.

meanie said...

haha! this makes me laugh. i went to two stores last week - debating between 3 cheap tank tops vs. one more expensive cardigan at another store that i know i would have worn all the time. of course i went for the cheap tank tops (more is better, right?) and didn't wear them once. i did see the light and return the tank tops though, and will go and buy something, price be damned, that i will wear!

courtneywrites said...

You are hysterical!

Kathryn said...

Spinning your wheels comes to mind! I love Rojo's comment. I do this, too, Carrie.

drama mama said...

I love/know your spending habits.

More importantly, RoJo needs to be made into a film.

Michelle O'Neil said...

Let's all vow to stop kicking our own asses! Or at least to notice when we're doing it, and offer ourselves some compassion instead.

Love.

Nancy said...

"Oh my hell of God." What else is there to say?

Mom to the Girls said...

My hubby needs to learn the difference between a deal and plain old cheap! LOL

Deb said...

I love that, kicking my own ass. I'll have to remember that cause I'm pretty sure I do a lot of that.