I mentioned on one of my posts recently something about how you can either be frugal or be fast. I don’t know, maybe it was a month ago already. The calendar seems to be leaping forward in two day increments, at least, nowadays. Just yesterday it was Saturday. I swear. But the calendar says four days have passed. Is that why I feel 27 but look…somewhat older?
I’m nothing if not frugal. There are precious few things that I will spend full dollar on, and even then I’ve got to be in the right mood. Like when I recently paid full price for the shoes that I’m going to be wearing to a wedding in April. On the beach. Oh yeah. But I’m actually saving money because I’m wearing a dress that I already own and I bought jewelry on clearance. That’s my logic.
So, frugal I am and therefore I’ve noticed that I cannot make a decision about things without first consulting at least twelve different websites or visiting six different stores all the while trying to break records on how cheap I can get something. Why pay full price when I know full well that it can be found for cheaper? I try to beat William Shatner at his own game. And I’ve done it too. Just call me the original Priceline negotiator. Try $79 a night for a four bedroom house in Orlando. Try $25 for a pair of $220 pants. Make that three pairs. I go cheap or go home.
But all that internet research and store hopping, while fun, takes up time. I’m realizing that time is more and more of a precious commodity these days. Before kids I could spend a week online…nonstop…without batting an eye. Well, I would blink or else my eyeballs would be raisins but you get the point. I could spend innumerable hours finding the best deal on whatever it was we were searching for. I’m sad now because I’m losing the rationality to do that. Apparently people need fed, clothes need washed, and the house needs cleaned. Oh, I guess the cats need their litter changed too. See what all I have to do that now takes up precious time? It gets harder and harder to justify the hours of searching it takes to find the truly good deals.
I wish I could just say, “Hmm, we want to take a vacation. I’m going to go to this one website and do it all from there. Without researching. Case closed. Honey we’re going to the mountains and it’s going to cost you a kidney. Mk?” It was hard for me to even type that. Even now I’m wanting to hit the delete key. I would have to check just one more site to see if per chance that elusive deal would strike on the second go around. I’m starting to sound like a gambler.
I guess I need to mentally acknowledge which situations actually need the detailed research and deal finding. I mean really, does finding the best deal on shoes really matter? In that regard I’m making small breakthroughs. Those wedding shoes I bought full price the other day? I went into Dillards, found the jewelry (on clearance), went to the shoe section, told the shoe lady what I was looking for and bought the first pair she showed me. It was kind of exhilarating. I mean, I hadn’t even looked at another pair, much less another store! And I’m living to tell about it. But I guess you’d have to take my shopping logic into account (see above).
For now I am not going to quit cold turkey. It is the best feeling to find big deals, like the four bedroom house for the price of a drive-by motel. But I’m also realizing that some of my best deals I have just stumbled upon. Like the $145 pair of shoes that I got for $18.