Anna’s Story: Anna’s Silly Purchases
Posted by John | Filed under Hmmmm
I loved this post by Anna, and I invite y’all to fess up as to your “silly purchases” too. We are all guilty of buying crap. Sometimes taking the time to itemize it all helps us realize just how far it’s gone. So, let’s see what you’ve “wasted” your money on…
I wrote a success post some time ago on lessons learned but I wanted to enter for Gail’s Giveaway. Instead of a success story this time I thought I’d list out some of my dumber purchases in life (the ones I remember anyway). I’d love to read comments on everyone else’s silly spending. Let’s all have a laugh!
Motivational Tapes (2001, $400+): Yes, tapes. They were meant to make me rich. I can’t remember if I listened to them all – probably not since I’m writing a success post for free stuff. I think they’re on the top shelf of my bookcase.
Nintendo Gameboy (2002, $200 +): In 2002, goodness knows why I decided that I needed to become familiar with video games (I was an adult!). I still have it – in its original packaging. I think I played it twice and decided it was too complicated. Now the model is obsolete. Perhaps I should learn how to make the most of my DVD player before I try video games again.
Jones New York Business Suit (2003, $300+): The jacket fit, the skirt was too big but it was too good of a “deal” to pass up. I kept telling myself I would have it tailored. The tags are still on it and it’s sitting in my closet to this day – mocking me.
Costco box of Meal Replacement Bars (2003, $80+): I convinced myself I could live off these things and it was cheaper than groceries. I should have tasted them first. Four years later I finally threw the box away. They were so hard they broke the garbage compactor when it tried to crush them.
Lord of the Rings Collectors Edition (2004?, $60+): I fell for the hype of the movie and convinced myself I needed to read all the books – I read The Hobbit and got half-way through the first one of the trilogy. The rest are in brand new condition in their collector case. If I keep them for another 200 years do you think they might be worth something?
Deluxe Scrapbooking kit from the The Shopping Channel (2005, $100+): I don’t scrapbook. I don’t have time to scrapbook. I am now the owner of a complete kit taking up space in my home. I also have hundreds of pictures that I have never put into albums because I really thought I would suddenly want to scrapbook. The sales ladies on the TSC are really good at their job!
Silk Fabric from Malaysia (2005, $150+): I was going to have a dress made. It’s still sitting sealed in tissue paper. Don’t be surprised if you come over and I have really nice silk napkins at the dinner table.
Calgary Stampede Messenger Bag (2009, $20): Not expensive but silly. I have at least 8 messenger bags at home. I thought the idea of a bag full of “free” stuff was totally neat at the time and I fell for the sales pitch. The only things in the bag I could use were the bag of chips, a can of Coke Zero and a pepperoni stick – total value $2.30.
Okay, I’ve shared. Seeing it on paper helps me to laugh about it. Hopefully it will also remind me to THINK(!) before I buy.