Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Confessions of a Shopaholic

If you've ever read the aforementioned book by Sophie Kinsella and laughed hysterically because you could "see" a little of yourself in the main character, you will *get* this post. If you totally relate to this post and have never read the book, you should read it. I guarantee you will laugh out loud. If you fall into neither of these categories, please bear with me. We all have our quirks and tolerance is a great attribute to possess.

Today's adventure all started last Saturday night. We got together with some friends from BabyZone while we were in Atlanta and my friend Mandy and her daughter, Macie were wearing matching black gauchos. What an adorable sight they were, matching mommy and daughter. Since I also happened to be wearing black gauchos, I had to know where she got them so Grace and I could attend some outing, somewhere in matching attire as well. She told me she got them at Old Navy. (This was reason #1 for me to make a trip to the mall, one more reason and I'm on it!)

Today at Mother's Morning Out, we all went outside to play. It was still a little cool outside and one of the teachers mentioned to me that it was going to be 40 degrees in the morning later this week. "Little Grace is going to need a jacket," she said. (**DING DING DING: Reason #2, after a nap, Grace and I are heading to the mall!)

As we walked into Old Navy, a huge, glaring sign greeted us: Baby Sale - 25% Off! Oh, what was it Aaron said to do in these situations? Was it "Get in there and take advantage of that sale?" Or maybe it was "turn the opposite direction and run as fast as you can?" Knowing how much he likes to save money and knowing that walking away from a sale is like leaving money on the table, I rationalize that surely he wanted me to check it out. Once inside, I quickly found the gauchos I was looking for, but alas, Grace didn't have a THING to wear with them. Lucky for me, there was a SALE going on. I quickly found TWO tops to go with (a girl can't wear the same outfit all the time!) Then there was reason #2 for our trip, the jacket. I found a darling denim one and they had the cutest little jeans to match. How could I pass them up? On the way out, I noticed they had socks on sale 10 pair for $10. Babies can never have enough socks, right? hint: Grace now does! As the cashier completed our transaction, she handed me a coupon. Now, I've gotten these many times and they are always for some date in the future for which I forget that I have the coupon. But this time the coupon was good TODAY. And it was for 15% off of your purchase at any Gap Store. You guessed it, Baby Gap included! Now, even as a self-proclaimed shopaholic, I seldom ever buy Grace anything at Baby Gap because even I can't justify it, but you know the whole sale and money left on the table philosophy, so off we go!

As I entered Baby Gap, I started to worry that my Scarlet Letter ("S" for shopaholic of course) was showing as salesperson after salesperson bounded over to tell me about the great sales that were going on. Mind you, I had the 15% off coupon in my pocket to make these great sales even better. There were a few items that I couldn't resist and all in all, I really did get a great deal on my purchases.

So now Miss Grace is set. She has gauchos to match mommy's AND a new jacket (or 2!) :) And I, well I'm still feeling good about the deals, but do recognize that I probably went a little overboard. But hey, little girls are fun to buy for....ESPECIALLY for shopaholics!

1 comments: said...

Our little one is due around Christmas and I'm already shopping on ebay for 6 month old clothes just because I'm so excited about all the beautiful things I can find for her that are so much cheaper than adult clothes...what a justification!!! I learned to stay out of the malls to be good, but with Ebay it's possible to shop all day and night...the ultimate shoppers trip :-(