I felt rather proud of myself today, I had a $25 Redcurrent voucher to use and a $30 one for Blue Illusion, so off I went to the Colombo (looking groovy by the way, if you’re a foodie, head on down there and check it out). I had received the voucher free when I renewed a magazine subscription earlier in the year, and it was due to expire. So I wandered around the store, finally buying a new wee leather change wallet (my beloved multi-coloured wallet is dying with the coin bit not staying closed any more).
I then went off to *the Mall* and took a deep breath before entering this place of horror. I detest the Mall, but Blue Illusion isn’t anywhere else, so I had to go there. The trouble was, I had to spend $50 minimum to use the voucher. I had bought a nice pair of 3/4 pants in summer and thought, oh well, I might get something for work. I’m busy saving for Europe at the moment, so clothes purchases are few and far between. I wandered around, looked at the clothes – nothing jumped out at me – and the scarves, and the jewellery. I thought a scarf might be nice and brighten up my existing wardrobe – but they were all over $90 so I decided spending $60 so I could use a $30 voucher was stupid. I left the shop and tore the voucher up (only lasts another day or so). I patted myself on the back and went on my way.
Later, I saved myself $112 by writing the names down of three books I would love … and placing holds on them at the library. They’ll cost me $2.00 each for the hold order. I had also done my menu plan for the week so went off to the supermarket. This is when I fell apart – no not with food, but as I was leaving walked past the pharmacy and saw some lovely scarves! At only $25.00 each I found a gorgeous one… and I succumbed. I figured $25 is only around 15 euro, and a new scarf will brighten up all my old clothes I’m living in while I save for my trip. So I did have a wee splurge, but think I’ve saved in the long run. Or am I fooling myself? It is a gorgeous scarf though and as my main working uniform is black, will brighten up my wardrobe as the autumn days change.
So, have I done well, or did I fall at the last hurdle?