Sale flier sanity
Posted by Kara | Filed under Kara
The sale fliers are starting to give me some serious anxiety. Their shiny coloured pages keep telling me my previous purchases aren’t good enough and that my plan for staying in the black this holiday season was somehow misguided. The glossy pictures full of family members smiling with joy over their new coffee makers, tablets and televisions are making me look at my sad little homemade soaps and cookie tins with some sort of twisted buyer’s remorse. “BUY SOMETHING BETTER!” the evil side of my conscious keeps exclaiming!
My hubby added the cherry to the sundae when he looked at the homemade gifts we were giving teachers and daycare workers and stated, “So we’re that family now, eh?” He lamented that we were now the family that was sending a ‘poor people’ gift and he project his anxiety over our sons getting teased.
Despite my extra efforts to make super fancy labels for my homemade soap and the countless hours wrestling with a cookie press, I had to admit that my stomach sank just a little. The neat little packages just didn’t stand out next to those colourful scenes of consumer Christmas bliss! And just like that my confidence over the past few blogs went POOF!
I went searching for some reassurance. Of course I called my mother, but she’s always my cheerleader and didn’t go far enough to make me feel better. Then, while driving to work one morning I was listening to a local radio station and they had Therapist Joe Rich on talking about buying meaningful gifts. It was a Christmas Miracle! HOORAY!
The premise of his advice was that if a gift costs more than you can afford, it’s no longer meaningful and that really spoke to me. The problem is that I am fighting against a culture that is consumer crazy and on the outside everyone seems to expect something extravagant! Or maybe that’s just my issue.
The rest of Joe Rich’s advice can be found here http://www.chumfm.com/Shows/Blog/December-2013/Roger-Darren-Marilyn-%E2%80%93-Tuesday-December-10-%E2%80%93-Meani
He goes on to talk about really considering if you need another screen or is a tech gift really a good gift? While I’m going to have to do some serious soul searching in regards to my own perceptions and anxieties, this went a long way in comforting me. For now I think I will ignore all but the grocery fliers, because let’s face it, I don’t have the budget to go for amazing!
Happy Frugal living!