I’ve Defeated the Beast

I’m obsessed with craft stores, Michael’s imparticular. Whenever I go I have to set a budget on my way there and I have to stay under it, it’s my little rule after I went crazy on yarn one day last year and I had shopper’s regret not long after. Like on the way home.

Anyway, my sister wants a journal like the ones I made here for her birthday, so my limit today was $10 and I could only buy things for her journal. Well I couldn’t find any embellishments that I like for her, the only ones I could find were curved and that wouldn’t work even with an endless supply of super glue. So I only bought the journal. I found it, looked for some embellishments and left. That’s what I call success.

Usually when I arrive I immediately forget what I’m doing there, I go straight for the clearance section to find something cool. I usually rummage through their bins for probably a good twenty to thirty minutes. Then I decide that there’s something I should be looking for and my basket is already full, so I take at least three things out. Then I go to get what I want, but I get distracted by the stickers, some yarn on sale, the wood section, and then by the time I get to what I’m looking for the basket’s full once again. I have to go and put five things back this time (that’s what I deserve after not following my rules) and I go back to what I’m looking for, only after getting distracted by the paint on sale and the little dollar section. After planning what my house is going to look like ten years from now, I finally add what I needed to my cart, so I add up the approximate cost of this shopping trip. That’s when I usually realize I’m about $20 over budget so I have to go through and put half of my stuff back.

Today, that didn’t happen. Today I defeated the beast I call Michael’s. I finally did the in and out trip I’ve been trying to do since I got my license and was building robots (that would be a cool post!). So next time you have to go somewhere in an in and out fashion here are some tips.

  • Don’t get distracted by colors or glitter, I know it’s hard for me too, but focus!
  • Remember the budget and add while you grab. Trust me, you don’t want to run around the store trying to find places to put the things you no longer want.
  • Time, if you have somewhere to be don’t waste it. Go it, get what you need, leave. Repeat that in your head over and over as soon as your car door opens.
  • Remember that money is limited and you don’t need the ten dollar glittery stamp pad (I think this has been one of my put back items at least five times).
  • Just because it’s on sale, doesn’t mean it’s a good deal. If you don’t need it right this second see if it’s less expensive online or at a different store.

Now, I leave you to go defeat your beast.

XOXO,

Mary.

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