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Why Did I Buy This?

Working in retail can be a real problem for someone with my limited funds and unlimited wants.

This is never so clear to me as when I’m running the register.  So many products!  My wants seem to multiply as the day goes on. “How is it that I’ve never seen this item? What aisle is this on?  Oh, that’s nice!”

People buy candy, so I get a craving for candy.  People buy skin care products, so I get the urge to start a skin care regimen of my own.  People buy electronics, so I start thinking about all of the electronics I want.

Want, want, want.  I want.  Gimme.

I was on register today.  A can of lemonade appeared on my counter.  It had this adorable little foil cap on the top.  A foil cap on the top of the can!  Adorable!  I want some lemonade.  I want a can with an adorable foil cap on the top.

Just look at this adorable foil cap!

So after my shift, I hunt up the Sanpellegrino.

Would you just look at this can?  Such a pretty picture.  Such soothing colors.  What a lovely blue.  So calm, so cool, so Summery.

But wait, this isn’t lemonade!  It’s a “Sparkling Lemon Beverage”.

I like lemonade.  I don’t like sparkling flavored drinks.  Darn it!

Just look at this can. The lemons look so refreshing!.

I mean…did you see the can?  Did you see the soothing colors?

This can wants to be bought.  This can wants me to try a “Sparkling Lemon Beverage”.

This can wants to go home with me.

Did I mention the adorable foil cap?

Look at this cap! It has texture. It has personality.


You know I bought it.  Why do you make me say it?


10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jacque M #

    Just walk away – that’s all – just walk away. There is always something else to catch your eye.

    June 9, 2011
    • skippingstones #

      Yes, I know. But I want it all.

      I was eyeing that can this evening when I opened up the fridge. It’s still in there, undrunk, looking adorable. But I’m thinking it’s days are numbered.

      June 9, 2011
      • skippingstones #

        I finally tried that sparkling lemon drink tonight. It was terrible! I drank one sip and that was all I could stand. I should have known better – I should have just put it on a shelf and continued to enjoy looking at it. Oh, well.

        June 11, 2011
  2. This is why I’ve never worked in a bookstore or yarn shop. I would never bring home a paycheck!

    June 10, 2011
    • skippingstones #

      Oh, yes! A bookstore would definitely do me in! Luckily I’m only in the store 3 days a week, and maybe on register once a week. But I still spend too much money in there.

      June 11, 2011
  3. changingmoods #

    Try thinking about whether you need it or will actually use it before making a purchase. That tends to help me when I feel the urge to spend money. (Also, being unemployed at the moment really helps me to save money.)

    I love sparkling beverages. Too bad you couldn’t send that my way. 😉

    June 13, 2011
    • If it’s something big, or particularly frivolous, I definitely give it a lot more thought. I used to be very bad about purchasing things I didn’t really need, but did really want. I have slowly been able to wean myself from that pattern of behavior, but I’m not completely off the bottle. Mostly, at this point, I will nickle and dime myself with this small stuff.

      I wish I could have sent it to you, too! The worst part was the waste. I should have known better.

      Now I’m going to be completely honest and tell you that part of why I bought that can was for the pictures, for the blog. As soon as I saw that can, I wanted it. Almost as quickly as I felt that urge, I had the post written in my head. If it weren’t for this blog, I would have talked myself out of it when I saw “sparkling beverage”. So, now what does that say about me? LOL I find that I am becoming more aware of myself every day. Needing blog material will do that to you, I guess.

      June 13, 2011
  4. Next time try the Orangina — it’s SO good! 🙂

    July 2, 2012
    • I’m thinking it’s the fizzy that I don’t like. I love my Diet Dr. Pepper, but I’ve never found a fizzy fruit drink that I liked. I do like orange flavor, though, and I have always wished that I liked orange soda. Maybe I will give Orangina a try sometime!

      July 2, 2012

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