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    Here is a nasty little question that will get you all thinking or in some case scrambling for cover. What was the last purchase you made not including essentials like food, medicines or your gas bill and can you justify it?
    I confess I bought a new handbag. I have two very small handbags in my closet that I only use occasionally but my everyday handbag has been falling apart for some time. I have held off buying a new one for several months until I found what seems like the perfect one to suit my needs. While waiting to make this purchase the handle has been held on the old one with one of those rock climbing D spring clips (not very attractive but serviceable).
    I have thrown away the old bag so have added no new clutter to my home. I feel quite justified in making this purchase. What do you think and how does your last purchase shape up?

  • #172043
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    Zora
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My last non-essential purchase was three packets of champagne yeast for brewing my own ginger ale.

    Or does that count as food?

    I am so #$%#$@%# poor that I don’t make many non-essential purchases. Spending $2 to rent a movie from the South Asian market is my occasional extravagance.

  • #172044
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    We went to the local indie kids bookstore for an Ed Emberly drawing book that has Halloween pictures in it, and the first Harry Potter book because my partner wants to read it to our son and we haven’t found a used copy (I guess people must keep that one). I got myself 2 books. One is a new hardback, and it fit my hardback book guidelines (at least 2 of my friends also want to read it, so we can pass it around) and the other was a paperback.

  • #172046

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Last week bought a new bird feeder to replace one that broke ((*%(*^%^ squirrels!!!) and a cart to hold all of our yard implements, like shovels and rakes. Needed both of them, and both make life easier. No regrets.

    Oh — and went in with a friend for a 5-season DVD compilation of a British TV series we both are addicted to. Only the 1st 3 seasons are available thru Netflix. Only $25 — we will get good use out of it. Hours and hours of viewing bliss for both families.

  • #172050
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Oh, Susan, which series? I love Brit TV and have rented/borrowed several over the years.

    My last purchase was new “middle” sized cutting board (for quilting). The old one got broken in my suitcase on a trip in 2009, and DH cut it down so I could use the good part as an insert for the bottom of a tote bag. I finally found one I liked, and I had a 50% off coupon at JoAnn’s! Score! Totally justified. :)

  • #172051
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    ooooo that is a nasty question!
    i am deep in the throes of negotiating a quantity of maple syrup to be shipped here from the USA.
    i bought some kindle books last night.
    i bought some gourmet jams and preserves last week.
    and some spice mixtures.
    all wildly extravagant, but all “consumable”.

    for non-consumables: about a month ago i bought my husband an ipod touch so he could travel around tokyo and paris with metro and louvre and map apps….see his flight and accom details easily…..skype/email me with no dramas….have some music and french phrases to hand.
    it was kind of extravagant, but perfect for his needs….cheaper and smaller than a laptop….cheaper than an iphone….and now he is home he has been using it for all sorts of things, and he was not a PDA kind of guy before.
    i think it was justifiable.

  • #172053
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    i just had a quick scan through my credit card bill for the last month.
    it is all utility bills…..amazon….itunes…..lawyer…..podiatrist…..the jams and spices….the ipod.
    nothing i could really classify as “stuff”….none of it will be sitting around.

  • #172055
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Nasty. All iTunes stuff for me. OH just got an iPad which was useful more than essential. He travels a lot so it will mean carrying less (no DVD player or book or dvds).

    To be honest apart from iTunes I don’t buy a lot. New clothes recently have all been maternity tops and jeans as I don’t want to stretch my normal ones or they’re too uncomfortable with bump.

    I have just started logging bank transactions with ibank though so we can see what were spending money on. It’s been very useful but I’m still working through the kinks.

  • #172056

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    pkilmain: The series is “Pie in the Sky,” which is a combination detective and cooking show. Stars Richard Griffiths — very funny. None of us can BEAR the thought of not knowing how it ends.

  • #172057
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My last purchase was a new firepit I found on craigslist. It was new, in the original box for half price. My old one burned through and had to go.
    We will enjoy it on these cool nights.

  • #172059
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    The last major purchase I made was out of necessity: my 23 year old washing machine and dryer both failed at around the same time. We had them fixed and they broke again, so it was time. At Sears, I picked out the Consumer Reports Best Buy machines, but they still cost me over $2000 (the installation of the gas dryer required a plumber.) I honestly can’t remember my last minor purchase–it was probably an item of clothing I need for performing. I buy very little new clothing. I’ve stopped buying accessories like bags and shoes and also things like plants, fresh flowers, and decor items like rugs and throw pillows. This is less for uncluttering reasons than it is to save money, but I am also getting rid of a lot of stuff. I find that when I go into shops, I see very little that I really want or need. It’s amazing how the market is flooded with cheap, cheesy consumer goods.

  • #172060
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Most definitely! Sump pump ordered on Amazon about 2 hours ago. Badly needed to drain down my pool, since the pump and filter quit earlier this summer and winter is approaching.

  • #172062
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Got a prepay cell phone, to replace the monthly plan that has way more minutes than I’ve ever used in a month.

  • #172069
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @Rosa, I love the Ed Emberley drawing books!

    My last purchase was a beautiful black cotton top with multicoloured embroidery. I have very few summer tops, and this one was bought at a recycled clothes store. So I think it’s justified. (I’ve donated several winter tops to make up for it though).

  • #172072
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    thanks for the pie in the sky recommendation!
    i am getting close to the final seasons of my beloved “touch of frost” and “poirot”, so this might just be the thing.
    bigpond has season 1 available for rent, so it’s a-coming.

  • #172073
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Oh, this thread hits a sore spot. Yesterday I went to a big-box store. On the one hand, I bought only those things that were on my list (a new bath mat, for example). On the other hand, one of the things on my list was a 9-foot ethernet cable to connect a dvd player to…oh dear…a tv.

    It’s been well over 10 years since I had a (second-hand) tv with cable. I tossed the tv itself a couple of years ago – easier to watch movies on my laptop.

    But when my father died, I decided to take his tv – a two-year-old flatscreen. I didn’t realize how large it was. And then of course I needed the dvd player with internet access to Netflix because I am NOT buying cable and letting advertising into my home.

    It took me most of yesterday to rearrange my living room with ANY kind of balance without making the tv the center of attention.

    Don’t mean to gripe about what is, in fact, a very nice gift from my sisters; I just have really mixed emotions about having a tv in the house. But then…movies are really beautiful on this screen.

    Aieeee. I hope this wasn’t a Really Bad Idea. I hope I can keep it entertainment and not distraction from real life.

  • #172074
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I bought several metal Halloween signs from Big Lots! to display in my yard. This cooler weather has me ready for Fall. I know, I know, it’s clutter, but I don’t care. They are just too cute! Because they are metal, they ought to last for many years. And because they are all flat, they will store easily on a previously uncluttered shelf in my garage. I am holding off on buying Halloween candy so I won’t be tempted to eat any. I live inside the city limits and we still get Trick-or-Treaters. Last year I ran out of candy and had to send DH to the store for more. I am going to get a witch costume this year, too. I can’t wait!

  • #172081
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    *looks at receipts*

    A bottle of whiskey (to replace the one my Scottish friend and I polished off: she’d dislocated her knee on the flight in and had just come from visiting our hospital), one of prosecco (’cause there wasn’t any in the house and I like having celebratory bubbly on hand), and a packet of incense. None of which are essential, but I suppose they are consumable. Ummm . . . .

    Oh! I’ve got it: martini glasses. I used credit at the consignment store for the set, and got rid of two I’d purchased elsewhere.

  • #172083

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Yikes. I bought a Season of a TV show I like on iTunes. Was it essential? Absolutely not. But I love to watch an episode when I am at lunch at work and am eating something that requires two hands and that doesn’t allow me to keep a book held open!

  • #172090
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My last purchase was Saturday night, a set of DVDs of the dance showcase we just wrapped. $40. Essential for planning next year’s event and for critiquing my own performance.

  • #172093
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I’ll cover a few purchases.

    My last purchase was an App for my iPhone. I still had credit from a long while back, and it’s an app I’ll use often. But, it’s not a new purchase, and it was $.99 =)

    Prior to that were things for the baptism. They don’t count. Experiences != Stuff. =)

    Prior to that, it was an e-book for my Kindle. How to Win Friends and Influence People. Did I need it? No. Is it worthwhile? Yes. Very yes.

    And before that, a Kindle. No, I didn’t need it. But, considering the price, and what I pay for in books, it will result in savings fairly quickly. The “payment” is getting rid of a lot of books I have lying around on the bookshelf. So, it will result in less clutter. Yay!

  • #172095
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    new winter coat for my son, he’d outgrown his old one and his brother hasn’t outgrown his yet. It was nice to actually buy him something new, all his clothes are hand-me-downs from his brother. It is SO hard to find a nice boy’s coat though! I had to go to 5 shops before I found a decent one. But I need to recycle the old one now, good reminder.
    For me: lots of pens and paper for my revision, definitely justified :)

  • #172100
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    A pair of boots from New Look. Granted, I didn’t actually need them, but I waited 2 months before I bought them (and had a photo to look at so I could check that they were how I remembered) and I waited until I got a better deal. They were £35, and I bought them both after receiving my student card (which I didn’t have before) and then when they ran a 20% student discount promotion (up from 10%), so I only paid £28. Necessary, no, but they match pretty much every outfit I own, they’re low enough to wear for the day but heeled enough for parties and one other pair of boots is wearing out so these will be a replacement. No regrets!

  • #172104
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I just got a new pair of work pants, that weren’t really “essential” but I really wanted a new pair that fit really well instead of rummaging around at goodwill and trying on 10 pairs to find one that sorta fits. I have a few other pairs and I might look as see if I can get rid of one or two of those now though.

  • #172109

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @Julia – I know what you are saying about that TV I have the same problem with my laptop. I spend far too much time at the computer these days. I could be doing worse things for entertainment though like shopping.

    @Amy – It sure sounds like you enjoy Halloween. Do consider borrowing your costume though maybe one of the neighbors has one they could share.

    @Lucy 1965 – I am thinking at this point that clutter is the least of your addictions. LOL!

    @Periwinkle – your purchase my have been indulgent but you certainly score points for your ability to hold out for a bargain. Well done!

    One thing I have learned from this topic so far is that the internet sure is helping to keep our homes a little less cluttered. With e-books, e-movies and I-tunes people won’t need cd/dvd racks and bookcases in their homes for much longer. Gotta love that!

  • #172113
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @365 *blows affectionate raspberry* I have something alcoholic to drink about every six months; there’s some in the house, and it goes into the food. The glasses were vintage pieces.

  • #172117
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @365lessthings – I enjoy all holidays, and I really enjoy decorating for all holidays. Makes me feel like a kid again. I didn’t buy the witch costume after all. It was very poorly made. I might get a witch hat and just wear a black dress. It’s fun to be a little scary on Halloween. I am trying to talk DH into hiding in the shadows and reving up the chainsaw when the children come up the driveway. Makes for a memorable evening!

  • #172124
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I cannot justify my last purchases because they were cans of Pepsi. At least I recycled the cans. And I continue to whine because I can’t lose more than 5 pounds.

  • #172128
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Nope! I bought two pairs of earrings, at drastic clearance prices – both styles that will go with my new wardrobe, and both sets that will go with necklaces I have either made or inherited that I don’t have earrings that go with them. Both are real metals and stones, not costume pieces, so they aren’t trendy things that won’t work with anything in a year or two. Like my other real pieces, I’ll still be wearing them in a decade.

    But did I REALLY need them? No.

  • #172133
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Today I bought a bento box, a coconut chai latte, a box of granola bars and a marker.
    I think the bento was a pretty good bargain since there aren’t many healthy and inexpensive take out places near where I work. The coconut chai was unnecessary but tasty. The granola bars are good for keeping in the office as an emergency food supply. The marker is good for doodling, an essential component of the creative process.

  • #172140
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Yes.
    I bought a Macbook Pro and wireless internet and disconnected the ordinary broadband and home phone. I also gave away the desktop computer and everything related to it. And threw out the desk and everything needed to keep the workarea functioning. I am impressed with the laptop and will not go back to a PC again.
    I also bought a new bicykle for my wife since the other one gave up badly. And I sold the scooter. One in many out.

  • #172149
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    sadly, yes, I can…Clothes for work, supplies for work, groceries, cleaning supplies, oh! and two flea market finds for 1 Euro each: a plastic clock (for work: teaching times to the kiddos) and a small wicker basket to work as a laundry basket on the floor of the closet–enough for 2-3 days’ worth of wee sma’s

    digital book for bookclub (fun purchase, especially since I had forgotten I’d not used up a gift certificate on Amazon, so it was free!)

  • #172154
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My last 5 non-food, non-bills, non-medicine purchases, in reverse chronological order:

    - moist wipes for my gym bag, to replace the pack that had just run out. My gym is close to home so I usually just use a moist wipe after my workout instead of bringing a towel, and I shower when I get home. Saves space in my gym bag, and it’s one less towel to wash.

    - had 5 prints/paintings/drawings framed. Probably not “essential”, but I had these things with the intention of putting them on my walls, not keeping them rolled up in a closet for up to 8 years (one had been waiting that long for a frame). Now I’ll get to enjoy looking at them every day.

    - a pair of boots. It replaced 2 pairs of boots that I donated.

    - a new foundation and concealer. My skin gets drier in winter, so I switched from powder foundation to liquid foundation for ease of blending, and also to a lighter shade since I’m no longer tan :(. And my old concealer had dried out and become unusable (I’d had it for at least 3 years. Bad, I know) so it needed replacing.

    - 2 sets of battery cases. I used to consider these silly unitaskers, but I found I actually need them. I’m a photographer, and I use flash quite a lot when I do event photography. My flash takes 4 AA batteries, and I have 4 sets of rechargeable batteries (multiple sets are essential when you’re shooting in a very dim room for 6 hours at a time). I need to keep track of which sets need recharging, and having them all in a pile was hardly conducive to that. So I bought 2 sets of battery cases. Each set comes with a transparent case and a red case — charged batteries go in the clear, empty ones go in the red and get recharged asap. It’s another piece of plastic, but for me it works better than having 1 box of charged and one box of not charged batteries.

  • #172155
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    B-200… Welcome to the dark side as my pc using brother calls us Mac freaks!

  • #172289

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @ Amy- one of our neighbours dressed up as a scarecrow and sat drooping in a chair on the front stoop with the candy bowl in his lap. He looked just like the fake scarecrow on the other side of the stoop. When the kids went to grab the candy he sat up and scared the living daylights out of them. Luckily my kids had been warned ahead of time.

  • #172292
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    once you go mac….you never go back.

  • #172295
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I’ve been a Macuser since my first computer, one my little brother gave me when he upgraded maybe 15 years ago, oh the day of dial up and OS 7!
    My daughter is going to a local private art school in town and had to get a new MBP and several software suites. I installed them all for her, and boy- installing Windows, what a different experience. While I have and can use it, limited use, it’s different ballgame altogether.

  • #172315
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    repete
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I broke down and bought a new lawnmower to replace the one that had also broken down. I need to mow one more time this year. Not essential, I guess I could have borrowed one, but they were on SALE!

  • #172317
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Karen- that is the BEST time to buy something you know you need, at the end of the season when it’s on sale!

  • #172322
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I have started down the slippery Mac slope with my iPad. Have already decided that when my MP3 dies, I’ll replace it with a iPod Touch, likewise the laptop and desktop, but that’w aways off.

    My huge purchase too – for $1 :) – was a 3 oz bottle to use for taking my favorite hair styling product in my carry-on luggage. This is my second 2-week trip with only carry-on, and this time I’m not staying in anyone’s home, so a bit more challenging for washing things out or borrowing something, but I’m excited to make it work and save myself $60-$75 for checked luggage (2 airlines, 3 legs to the trip).

  • #172323
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Hmmm.
    New Circuit Breaker – justified. Had one quit a couple of days ago.
    Four new shop lights – justified. Basement lighting is over 50 years old. One caught fire this summer. I’ll be gradually replacing them ALL for safety’s sake. (Costs less to buy new shop lights than to replace the pieces that are most likely to catch fire…)
    New Trash can – justified. I’m turning it into a homemade $10 tumbling composter instead of paying 15 times as much to buy one.
    Wire Hardware Cloth & some galvanized sheet metal – needed for a project for my critters. Justified with no doubts.
    Family Handyman’s DIY Tips magazine pricey but justified. If I use ONE thing from it then it’s worth it. (Flipped through and saw quite a few things that were of interest and quite inexpensive in terms of materials.)

    Yup. Justified…

  • #172339

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @Rozzie,
    sounds like you have the home handy person thing down pat. I like the idea of making your own composter. I have been considering that myself of late. I think that DIY magazine is going to realize its worth very quickly.

  • #172341
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    klutzgrrl
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Yes and no. I bought a couple of XBox games that I thought my son would also enjoy. I don’t really have time for games (time clutter!) but they weren’t new so not as expensive as if I’d bought new releases… still it added up to more than I should have spent.

    On the upside, we bought a Mulberry Tree which is going to be absolutely beautiful in a few years, and some spinach and cucumber seedlings.

  • #172359
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    ROFL 365. I am so far from a home handyman that it is unbelievable. However, there are some things that need done here and it’s either do it myself or pay a small fortune for someone else to do it. The extent of electrical stuff that I’m doing would cost more than a small fortune. And, there is no guarantee it would be done correctly. We had some work that we required be done as a condition of purchase. The electrician even managed to jack that up – we didn’t catch the fact that a dozen outlets weren’t working at all when we did our final walkthrough. They worked before the electrician got his hands on things. Hence the old adage, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.”

    The magazine had a number of interesting storage possibilities, several of which are based on PVC pipe. Obviously, I’d only use these for things I needed to keep anyway. ;)

    I’m going the lazy man’s route on the composter: Black trash can, drill holes in it, bungee cord down the lid, and roll it around the yard to mix. Make sure things don’t clump up and stay in one spot, though. At $10 per garbage can & a couple of bucks for a bungee cords, I can have six of these if I want to. :)

  • #172362
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    When we were installing our kitchen cabinets back in the dark ages (1983), instead of an empty space covered by a matching board to make the cabinets fit the wall, we put PVC pipes in that space (then the countertop over the whole thing). There are 6 of them vertically, and each one holds two bottles of wine (horizontally) perfectly. We get lots of compliments on our built-in wine rack. :) Cost us zilch since the pipe was left over from the house building.

  • #172363
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Yes for my last one. When I moved, I bought 2 month’s time on the little local wifi network. It’s run by a couple of really nice guys. Unfortunately, they are expanding their customer list faster than their tech gear. The network is a mass of trouble spots, and there were hours at a time I couldn’t log on, frequent times I got bumped off, and I could very rarely watch any video – not enough band width. Incredibly frustrating, especially when I’m actually trying to log in for course work with due dates.
    So I spend $90 on a contract for wireless broadband through my cell phone company yesterday. 15 minutes to log in and upload software, and TaDa – perfectly working internet. Twice the price of the local company per month, but then again, a bargain that doesn’t work when you need it most is no bargain at all.

  • #172410

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My last purchase was groceries. Justified.
    The one before that was groceries. Justified.
    The one before that was a tank of gas. Justified.
    The one before that was morning tea with a friend. Although an extravagance I didn’t bring anything home to clutter my house with and we both had a nice time together. Justified.

  • #172412
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My last purchase was antivirus software for the laptop. COnsidering that the previous setup did not protect the computer, and I lost the use of it for a long time, I am calling this a justified purchase.

    Ouch, it even hurts to vaccinate a computer….

  • #172416
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    mdfloyd
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Yesterday I paid my first visit to IKEA. Spent $29 for a handheld grater, 6 glasses, 7 dishtowels, a colander, and 6 tiny little glass bowls.

    Yes, I could have done without all of them, but they were also justified because I needed them to supplement or replace things. Except the 6 tiny little glass bowls, which I just fell in love with; I will use them when I’m cooking to hold the tiny amounts of herbs or other ingredients that need to be added at certain times during preparation.

    I am very proud of myself — I spent hours in IKEA, looking at everything. I don’t know how many items I put in my cart, stopped and considered where I would put them when I got home or if I really needed them, and then put them back.

  • #172457
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    mdfloyd: what an accomplishment…IKEA is a tempting place to shop. WTG!

  • #172477
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    bandicoot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    ok, i went shopping in brisbane .
    i have finally found some gorgeous, plus sized, packable crushable layerable mix-and-matchable easy-care drip-dry flattering did i say GORGEOUS clothes.
    i bought 12 pieces (red, black, white, gray) and i now have a complete travel wardrobe that packs into a carry-on bag and will be fine for a month or more.
    i can justify this purchase on every level. i have been looking for a looooong time. and making-do with ratty t-shirts and yoga pants for more years than i care to think about!

    if anyone is interested: http://www.ts14plus.com.au/

  • #172483

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    bandicoot — WOW! love the clothes.

  • #172486

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @ bandicoot – Even I wouldn’t have trouble justifying that purchase. There is nothing more important when it comes to travel than to be able to do it for an extended period of time with only 1 small piece of carry-on luggage.

  • #172491
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    bandicoot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    i am sitting in an airport right now, clad head to toe in this stuff and feeling great.
    i handwashed it all at 1am this morning and after a very rainy morning it was all dry by 2pm.
    i checked a small bag full of gifts of soap and wine and my wardrobe is in my small back pack, stuffed into nylon stuff bags according to type.
    i want to wear the stuff all the time. i’ve never had clothes like this before.

  • #172494
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    bandicoot- that stuff is GORGEOUS!!! And looks so totally comfortable.

  • #172640
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    yes, i can! just last night i bought a foot massager for my aching feet. it was $38 with a coupon so i even saved money. it’s cheaper than getting professional massages and now i can relax my feet every night. i just started a new career as a chef so i went from sitting all day to standing all day. that’s been quite the adjustment. mt feet don’t like me right now. ha!

    BUT i am considering getting a new (used) car. i’ll take any advice on that. i have the money, but just wondering if it’s a good use of it. my current car won’t last much longer without getting pricey repairs, but i still considered keeping it until it died and THEN getting a used car. the advantage now is that i know the owner of the car i’m looking at. thoughts? links to other car discussing posts?

  • #172641
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    Rozzie
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Shuddering as I think of today’s things:

    Garden cart…check. Needed BADLY. Already used it today for two things. It will see use on an almost daily basis (moving plants, feed bags, bales of hay, firewood, etc.) I have a bad back. Anything that helps it is justified.

    Kill-o-Watt (or whatever it’s called). Possibly justified. Hoping I will find the “energy hog” appliances I have. Actually, it seems that it may justify itself in another way. You hear so often to replace your “old energy sucking” refrigerator with a new “energy efficient” one and that you’ll save money within the first year or two. Uh, doesn’t appear to be the case. My old $30 refrigerator seems to use VERY LITTLE electricity. This may have saved me from a VERY expensive purchase.

    Food for critters. Bedding for critters. Justified.

    Thermometer – Needed in the aviary.

    Book – Nonfiction reference on household repairs. Probably justified due to the electrical section as I’m in the midst of a major electrical project.

    Roll of fencing – needed. Justified.

    However, the three items I bought at the thrift store last week were NOT justified. They are still in the bag. Whoops. At least it is only $4 worth.

  • #172658
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    ErinMarie
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    The last thing I bought that was not an edible was an electric kettle two fridays ago. I bought it for my friend, though, as he loves tea and had been using his microwave to little effect. So… not neccessary, but I feel it was worthwhile.

    I did buy a package of skittles today that I certainly didn’t need, though!

    And I’m about to go out this evening to get a new pair of pants, some foundation and maybe some underwear. Can you tell I’ve got a hot date tomorrow ;)?

    In all seriousness, I’ve lost so much weight only one pair of pants fit me. I need at least one more to get through a week without doing laundry. My face is all broken out from the stress of this semester in college and I flat out refuse to go on a date without at least some basic makeup. If I don’t make the effort, why should he, you know? …And the underwear would be total fluff, designed to make me feel sexy which is where the ‘maybe’ comes from.

  • #172661
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    djk
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Good luck on the hot date ErinMarie!

    last non-edible I bought was a canvas bottle bag for shopping. Justified? yes, as the one I already have is maxed out (we walk to the shops and have heavy things banging and tearing our bags. So while it is made for wine bottles probably it will keep the jar of pickles from smashing against the olive oil, for example. it will also keep a baguette straight up and not threatening to fall out or get mercilessly crushed.

    And it was 1 euro, it folds up small to go into my bag, and I like it!

  • #172662
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    irishbell
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Bought a Kindle this a.m. Justified? Absolutely. I love reading, I can afford a book every now and then, barely will take up any room at all.
    Now, I need patience til it’s delivered…..

  • #172667
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    juliarose
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I think my last purchase was a good one.
    I haven’t bought hardcopy books, or even stepped into a bookstore, in months (and only one kindle book).
    A few days ago I bought a copy of The Milepost. This is because I’m moving to Alaska, I’ve never been there before, and everybody I talk to from there recommends the Milepost as the best reference about northern highways.
    What I’ve read so far (the route that I’ll be taking to get there) it’s well worth the $30.

  • #172674
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    Rozzie
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Juliarose — You will not regret purchasing the Milepost at all. It’s worth every penny, even if you are just making a week long visit to Alaska. I’d definitely have a current copy if I was moving there! As you’ve noticed, it even tells you where all the pull offs are. It’s indispensable for letting you know what roads get shut down in the winter. I’m not sure what part of the state you are moving to, but it seems like my edition even had parts of the Yukon Territory in it.

    You’ll wear your copy out, I’m sure.

    Oh, and I forgot to mention. I also bought a pair of warm, cushy soft, merino wool socks yesterday. Gray and pink… I didn’t need them but I wanted them! And, I’ve already worn them. They will be WONDERFUL in my boots this winter. I might just buy one more pair next time I’m at the feed store.

  • #172683
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    pkilmain
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Juliarose – when and where are you moving to Alaska? I’ve lived in Alaska since 1973. And would be glad to help if you have any questions.

  • #172690
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    djk
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    JuliaRose, I lived and worked at Mile 1202 Alaska Hwy(Canadian side of Yukon/Alaska border at Beaver Creek) for 5 summers when I was in university. Never spent a winter there, still a Cheechako!

    It was about 2 hours or so, road dependant, from Tok Alaska (sled dog capital of the world, apparently)

    Gotta prepare by reading some Robert W. Service before you go to whet your appetite!

    “There are strange things done in the midnight sun/by the men who moil for gold/the arctic trails have their secret tales/that would make your blood run cold…”

    Am seriously jealous. Love that weird and wonderful land up there, the heady long summer days, the majestic aurora borealis that takes your breath away. Anchorage was my favourite city–a great place for sea and books and good coffee as I remember.

    Where will you be living?

  • #172709
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    JuliaJayne
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I haven’t purchased much this year, so I feel good about that in general, but I recently purchased some hobby software and don’t regret it one bit. It will help make costly and time consuming mistakes, and it’s saving my index finger from constant pain from having to draw and color everything before working on the projects.

    I did make a bad purchase this year. I bought a pair of shoes for a family wedding. I didn’t need the shoes, I had a pair that would have been just fine, but I wanted a new pair. Maybe I was taught a lesson because the shoes were a tad too loose and I ended up falling off them spraining my ankle.

  • #172776

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Kitchen gadgets. A pizza cutter and one of those round apple slicers.

    Do I regret NO.

    We had an apple slicer in our last place. It was used often and better than what we could do. We tend to buy many apples, not one, at a time. I am happy to have one again. We eat pizza about once a week or so and it is always nice to use it when the cheese is still warm and acts like string. I could pass on it but my husband requested it.

    Mid America Mom

  • #172778
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    irishbell
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    A stuffed meerkat for my grandson who lives in Seattle. We were reading an animal book on my last visit there, I asked what this animal was- he said “meerkat”. My daughter and her husband laughed out loud- they’d never heard him say it! And this kid loves stuffed toys like no other kid I’ve ever seen. He cuddles them like there’s no tomorrow. Justified like no other!

  • #172823
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    bandicoot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    i’ve just spent a week in auckland, new zealand, and despite looking at millions of gorgeous things, i purchased consumables only:
    kilos of honey (manuka, pohutakawa, clover), feijoa chocolates, lime cordial, edmonds baking powder.
    all will be used and enjoyed greatly around here.

  • #172825
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    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Rozzie, pkilmain, djk;

    Thanks for your interest. I’m moving to Anchorage next Friday! I’m taking a ferry from Bellingham to Haines, then driving from there. I’m very excited!

    Rozzie, the 2010 Milepost includes the Yukon Territory, Brittish Columbia, and Alaska. I think it actually includes all of Canada – or at least the whole Al-Can highway.

    pkilmain, thank you for offering help but I think I’m all set. Being in Washington, it seems everybody has been to or knows somebody in Alaska, and everybody I’ve talked to from there is very helpful.
    The only thing I haven’t figure out yet is housing. I’m trying to save money, so I’m checking the roommates section of Craigslist. But I really can’t do anything until I get up there, see the places, meet the people.

    djk, thank you for the quote. It’s also good to know they have good coffee :)
    I’m Washingtonian, coffee is important. And I hadn’t even thought to ask that one :)

  • #172827
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    PandP
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I just bought a “Groupon” to use at a custom hand-bag store. My mother jokes that I’m the Imelda Marcos of purses, but it’s the one vice I still allow myself (okay, purses and candy).

  • #173610

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I bought a new cotton duvet for the summer months. We recently got rid of our old down comforter because I got sick of the hassle involved in fluffing the down back up and decided to buy a woollen duvet for winter and a cotton duvet for summer. I didn’t like having to own two but with the variation in climate here I didn’t have much choice.

  • #173612
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    bandicoot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    don’t hate me….i’ve got three kinds of duvets.
    down, silk, and wool.
    they each get about 4 months use per year.

    on the other hand, we have no aircon and no central heating.
    it seems easier to me to control the bedding that it does to control the whole atmosphere inside the house.
    our climate doesn’t vary that dramatically anyway.

  • #173619
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    lottielot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    we have those duvets which clip together so you can have a skinny one or a fat one, right now we have the cosy one. And the electric blanket on, ahhhhh!
    I can’t actually remember the last thing I bought: I go supermarket shopping but otherwise I just don’t go to the shops at all :) I’m thinking of letting dh do all the Christmas shopping for his family, I do a better job of picking stuff they will actually like and I pay less for it than he does but on the other hand I hate shopping, I hate his mother and would rather she got something she doesn’t like and it’s his job really! I’m going to concentrate on the kids I think, I’m torn between buying them stuff they ask for and stuff they may actually use… Maybe a combination, and a good clearout just before Christmas so they have space first. Plus I need to buy about a million things for the bathroom and hallway renovations so my brain has had enough of making shopping decisions, it’s such hard work!

  • #173646
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    pkilmain
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I scored a $10 (down from $30) pair of shorts yesterday. I currently didn’t own any, and I need at least one pair for Hawaii, though mostly I’m planning on capris. I sunburn really badly (very Irish here) so I will likely take a pair of long pants and a long-sleeved shirt as well.

  • #173661
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    Rozzie
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I’ll admit I’ve made quite a few purchases in the last week. However, I think I can justify them. Or, at least most of them. ;)

    I won’t list them individually for fear you will send the hoarders team out. ;-)

    The garden & aviary items are justified.
    The construction items are justified, though the project is not immediate. At 5 cents on the dollar, with a 75% certainty the job will be done within 4 years, I was going to go ahead and risk the $15 & single box of storage.
    Kitchen items – just bought a couple. They have been used several times & seem to be justified so far. ;)

    A couple of decorative items. Unnecessary but fit a small collection. Liked, at least. Also, I did have space on my shelf for them. ;)

    Brass bucket. Justified. Now holding fireplace supplies (gloves, matches, kindling, etc.)

    Pair of pants for growing teen – justified!!! Several of his are now too short to wear in public & two others had a laundry accident. He doesn’t have an excess of clothing.

  • #173667
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    bandicoot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    i have been buying stuff like fans and light fittings for the new room.
    tonight i bought a couple of jewelry travel pouches, because i REALLY NEED one and i know my mother would get a lot of use out of one also.

    apart from that, a few things for the workshop….that are replacing other things.
    i’ll have some very specialized custom-made soapmaking equipment to sell pretty soon.

  • #173686
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Went shopping yesterday, looking specifically for light, long-sleeved sweaters (realised I only had either short-sleeved sweaters, which leave my arms to freeze even under a thick jacket in the winter, or very heavy long-sleeved sweaters, in which I slowly stew indoors, so I needed a middle ground). I came back with 3 sweaters I love and one fun top that was too quirky to pass up… all for under $75. Hooray!

  • #173689
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    Claycat
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Rozzie, would you be able to post a link to where you got the wool merino socks?

  • #173692
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    chacha1
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I had to look in my checkbook register to see what my last purchase even was! Dinner out last Wednesday, for my birthday. Completely justified. :-)

  • #173704
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    Sky
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I purchased a garlic press so I would use fresh garlic more (instead of the chopped garlic in a jar) but after using it and having difficulty scraping the leftover part out of the press I think I shouldn’t have bought it! Oh well, it was only $7.00.

  • #173710
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    vjb
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I’m doing a No-Spend Month right now, but the last thing I bought, in October, was a Hengedock for my Macbook. (I usually run it in clamshell mode, connected to an external screen.)

    It was justified, in that I bought it and a new topcase for the Macbook instead of buying a new iMac. But we’ll see how well it turns out! I’m a bit peeved that the plug for my WD external HDD won’t fit in it, and Hengedock’s supplied Firewire cable won’t fit the WD… Looks like, if I want to use it, I need to buy an Apple-brand Firewire cable for the WD – if they even make such a thing! Grr.

    (No-spend Month is going well! I’m a little shocked at how difficult it’s been, given that I consider myself a minimalist: it’s an eye-opener for sure.)

  • #173726
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I bought a book for my book club – the library wait was just too long this time. And while I was at it I got another book, a reissue by my favorite author.

    It was certainly not necessary, but not cluttery, either – we have space on our bookshelves right now because of constant weeding.

  • #173729
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    bandicoot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    ooo i had a no-spend month in november 09!
    i have to do that again.
    it was quite amazing!

  • #173753
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    djk
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    so what does one do in a no-spend month then?

    I get no shopping for clothes,shoes, decor items, coffee out–but Bandicoot, do you buy for your business?

    are subway/train tickets/fuel/flights included?

    groceries?
    repairs?
    replacing your one broken umbrella in rainy season?

    I love the idea but I do no entertainment shopping anyway, but I do eat out a lot. Just wondering what’s “allowed”, I guess

  • #173758
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    emmylemmy
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    New underwear, new face cream, a new wallet…in my experience, there’s always SOME way to justify a purchase as being “essential,” depending what your definition of essential. I try really hard to evaluate my needs and only buy things that I know I’ll use–for example, I’ll buy a new purse if there’s a specific function that isn’t being fulfilled by my existing collection, but I would feel super guilty buying a new purse just because I wanted it. Last time that happened my boyfriend made me return it and I think it made me a better person.

  • #173761
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    irishbell
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Your boyfriend “made” you return it?
    If I’m not out buying purses every week for the heck of it, I wouldn’t feel guilty if I bought one just because wanted it. Life is too short to feel guilty about small pleasures.
    (i loves me some purses)

  • #173764
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    emmylemmy
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    This was an awfully expensive small pleasure. I treat myself to candy bars all the time but luxury goods are another story!

  • #173773
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    bandicoot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    djk, in my no-spend month, i bought only:
    consumables and gifts (which are mostly consumables anyway). so, things like food, fuel, wine, flowers.
    no emergencies arose, but i’d have considered them on a case by case basis….the goal was to deal with things without buying anything new.

    it was limited to my personal shopping….i cannot possibly just stop purchasing raw materials or equipment for my business, unless i stocked up madly beforehand. and in november, it’s impossible.

  • #173774
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    vjb
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @djk, I don’t know what other people have done, but for me the rule is, after paying rent/bills etc, I can only buy petrol and food. Train tickets etc come under the same rule as petrol – i.e. if I need it to get around day to day, it’s okay to buy.

    Re: repairs/replacements, unless it’s an emergency like a burst pipe, my plan is to either put them off until Dec or (preferably) find a workaround involved borrowing, repurposing or bartering. That’s very satisfying!

  • #173782
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    pkilmain
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I once read a book about a couple who spent a whole year this way. I can’t remember all their rules, but not spending money on entertainment was one. Because they lived in a large city, there were a great number of free things available to them.

    On a similar note, I have a friend who refrains from drinking alcohol during the month of January every year….

  • #173784
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    khagee
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My last purchase was a new pair of glasses. My eyesight is really poor and it was time to get new glasses. Thankfully the vision care insurance paid for the exam and for part of the cost of the lenses and frames. Now I have to wait for them to be made, about two weeks, as the facility is out of state.

  • #173791
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    djk
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Thanks Bandicoot, vjb, and Pkilmain–that gives me a clearer idea of what the idea entails. I don’t know that I would do it, as my non-essential spending just never is very high at all. I’m debt-averse, so I don’t shop. My thing would be eating out and weekends away, and museums. Amazing how these things add up though;) Maybe an at-home month would be how I would apply this idea to our situation.

    Pkilmain, I have done “dry July” and a friend does “sober October” every year. I started with “parched March” last year but then I blew it!

  • #173818

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    inexpensive microwave which led to decluttering a kitchen counter which led to decluttering the refrig surface – and microwave leads to better decluttering of left overs which otherwise might be tossed instead of reheated

  • #173833
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    Rosa
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Needtocleanhouse, that’s awesome!

  • #173841
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    pkilmain
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Yesterday, after spending an hour or so online, I talked myself out of some of the pricey SPF clothing. I could not find any that appeared to fit my body shape or that weren’t outrageously expensive. I’m still in the market for some pants, but I need to go to Anchorage (50 miles) to try some on, even if I end up ordering online. I’ve decided that a lightweight long-sleeved shirt I already own will do for my arms. [We are spending a month in Hawaii, and I am a typical Irish skinned gal. My skin has two shades - stark white or bright pink! In Alaska we refer to these as halibut or salmon. :) ]

  • #173849
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    jbeany
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My last one was a Christmas gift, so I’m good with that. I also bought two big folding shopping bags that are so light I can carry both of them in my purse at all times. They fold down so small they are the size of a deck of cards. They save a lot of plastic bag clutter. I found them at a local art museum gift shop a couple of weeks ago and didn’t get them right away. I thought about them for a while before deciding I really would use them. I have, too, so it was worth it.

  • #173851
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    djk
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    jbeany that is awesome, you will use those a lot!

    I use a couple of nylon shopping bags that live in my purse in their own little pockets, and I have also used a couple of bags from travelblue for travel. Sadly, the travelblue ones are not as well made as they could be for their price, but they are otherwise great! Seams tend to rip after repeated hard use.

    This is one of the ones I use when I travel. Goes in my purse or shoulder bag then if I buy food or other goodies during the day’s exploration, then I open it out and put purse and food and shopping all together in it and still only have to carry one bag. http://www.best4travellers.com/products/en/Bags/Folding-Bags/Folding-Carry-Bag.html?XTCsid=3le0bqsm75bttvlcsv90askni1

  • #173862
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    jbeany
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    http://www.reisenthel.com/us/index.html

    These are mine – no pouch, just an wide elastic band that’s sewn right on, and long enough handles to swing over my shoulder. I bought two and they each hold about 2 regular plastic bags worth of stuff. Now that I’ve used them for shopping, I may actually want another.

  • #173866
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    djk
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    jbeany they look great! stylish, especially the ones with the aluminum circle handles. Very cool!
    there are even a couple of shops in our area that sell them, so perhaps I will pop by to upgrade the style factor;)

  • #173874
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    Brandilynn
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I have a bagnesia – http://www.bagnesia.com/

    Won it free in a contest and I love it! :)

  • #173879
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    pkilmain
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Wow, what a variety. I love the idea of keeping one little one in my purse. I keep the generic ones that were originally given out by my grocery store (now they charge!), plus similar ones from other stores/organizations, in my car and I’ve been pretty faithful in using them. My main complaint is that the checkers often try to fill them too full, or put all the cans/heavy stuff in one. :)

  • #173912

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My last purchase was a board game called Trouble. I bought it to play with at the hospital with my son who recently suffered a severe brain injury in a bicycle accident. When he leaves the hospital I will donate it so other patients can enjoy it and I won’t be introducing any new clutter to my home.

  • #173915
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    djk
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    365lessthings, I am so sorry to hear about your son. May he recover quickly and well.

  • #173916
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    bandicoot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    365lessthings, i am so sorry to hear about your son’s accident.
    i am sending healing thoughts and wishes for recovery.

  • #173917
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    djk
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    got some fabulous winter boots, brand new, at the local second-hand designer shop for a lot less than I would have paid for them elsewhere. Also, they are exactly what I was looking for–stylish yet nondescript enough to wear under trousers at work, able to walk to work in them.

    said no to the new, shiny, fire-engine-red Ferrari Tod mocassins, although I was dying to get them, because they were a hint narrow and I know they would hurt after an hour! Maybe my feet will magically narrow over the weekend and I can buy them Monday. Yeah. That’s it.

  • #173923

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    djk and bandicoot thank for your well wishes for my son. He is recovering better than we could possibly have hoped and has been allowed home for short visits this weekend. It is amazing to watch the changes in him, every few days something else seems to repair itself in his brain and he is becoming more like the 19 year old we used to know. His “complaining neurons” kicked in two days ago and he is giving them a good workout. Unfortunately that means he wants to get out of the hospital and is tired of the “slop” they feed him (he has a broken jaw and isn’t allowed to chew yet). I am not sure if he understand how much damage he inflicted on himself and that it will take a while before he is ready to come home. He is doing very well though and we are very happy and relieved parents.

  • #173926
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    Claycat
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    365lessthings, I’m so glad that your son is recovering well from his accident. Sending love and prayers for all of you!

  • #173931
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    lottielot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    gosh, how traumatic for you, hope his recovery continues to go well, lol on the complaining neurons :)

  • #173933
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    ninakk
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Oh goodness, how terrible! I wish your son all the best too.

    My last purchases (not just one) were kitchen gear that I need for turkey making and baking, and I made sure all of them are of middle-range quality (on a tight budget but don’t want to replace them in a year or two). I didn’t have any of it before and nowadays I’m only replacing old stuff if the new piece takes the old one’s place (old is donated), which doesn’t happen that often anyway. The occasional new addition still happens, as I haven’t used a kitchen for real for years and haven’t had the need to expand the amount of utensils. So, yes, it was justified :)

  • #173937

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Just on the subject of my son’s accident.

    There was one purchase I made three years ago that now proves itself to he highly justified. That item was a bicycle helmet because without it my son would most likely not be alive today and certainly not healing as well as he is.

    In Australia it is against the law to ride a bicycle without wearing a helmet. Even so I often see people riding bikes without a helmet or wearing the helmet with the strap done up loosely or in some cases not at all. Luckily my son wasn’t one of these people.

    Boys particularly think they are invincible but they often prove not to be. Please insist that your children wear a helmet and wear it properly no matter how far they are riding. My sons accident happened less than a mile from our house and his head took the full force of the collision and it is a miracle that he survived. So please please teach your children that helmets save lives.

  • #173939

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Oh no. Best wishes for your son’s recovery. I guess the return of the complaining gene is a happy thing. And yes, it’s a good thing he wore the helmet which looks to have saved his life. What a shocker for you and your family. Best wishes.

  • #173941

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I second your comments about bicycle helmets! Last week in San Antonio we lost a beloved local artist who unexplainedly fell of his bike onto his head, only around the corner from his house (and a few blocks from my office.) The entire arts community showed up at his memorial service at an arts center on bikes *and* wearing helmets. Hugs to your son.

  • #173966
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    In the UK it’s not compulsory to wear a helmet, and the number of parents I see cycling with no helmet and their kid is wearing one, makes me so cross as it’s so hypocritical! Even worse if the kid isn’t even wearing one. I always always wear a helmet and make my kids wear theirs too, I came off my bike a year or two ago and collided with a fence, luckily quite slowly but there was a dent on my helmet which made me very glad indeed to have been wearing one. Hope the recovery is continuing.
    Last purchases, hmmmm. I bought myself a hat because it was raining and I was just about to leave the shop. I seem to have lost most of my favourite hats, and my hair is much longer than it used to be, so some of my other hats keep falling off my head! So I think a nice new, and rather flattering hat is reasonably justified, though I probably need to donate some older ones now :) I also bought my boys a new jumper each, I realised they only actually have one apiece which is not really enough given how messy they are. So, probably OK there too, I hardly buy them any clothes as the little one gets his brother’s and the big one often gets handmedowns from a friend. I also bought them some gloves as they are forever losing them, and my 5 year old cries all the way to school if his hands are cold. I must label them so they don’t go missing too quickly! And finally I bought my ds1 some new school shoes as he’d grown out of his old ones, I’d call those an essential item.
    I found the shopping exhausting, I can’t handle the sensory overload going on in busy shops, I wanted to have a look at bathroom mirrors etc for my new bathroom and a light to replace the broken dining room one, but it was too much really so I couldn’t make a decision anyway! Bit of a nightmare as I have lots of stuff to buy and decide on for the work going on in the house, I realised why I’ve put it off for 14 years, it’s not so much the expense as the shopping decisions. And trying to buy a light on the internet is really difficult, you have no idea what it will actually look like lit up, especially as most of the photos are of unlit lights. And I’m realllly fussy, I took 3 years to find the perfect shade of raspberry red for my lounge room and got it mixed specially. So I’m not exactly an impulse shopper :)
    djk, those red boots would have got all muddy and been not-shiny within minutes of leaving the shop, sensible decision!

  • #173972
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    365lessthings – good to hear that your son is recovering. So glad he had on a helmet.

    I went into a shoe store next to where I was having lunch with some friends yesterday. They had a lovely pair of winter boots, but the price stopped me after a few minutes. :) My current boots are good for another winter.

    I have decided that I need a shredder after seeing how long/messy it was burning all the papers I needed to discard. I have a doctor’s appt tomorrow and it’s near the “big box” stores to I’ll shop for one along with the fluorescent light bulbs I need.

  • #173977
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    Lounger
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I bought a gingerbread man cutter for £1.00! Actually it’s called a’genderbread’ cutter because it’s a girl and boy holding hands. Forgot to buy ground ginger for making gingerbread men with though.

    And I bought a new black jumper to replace my old favourite, which has seen much better days.

    365lessthings – best wishes to your son.

  • #174020
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    jbeany
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Hmmmm… maybe. It’s my birthday tomorrow, so I am feeling that “I deserve a gift” itch. I settled on purchasing a possible gift. I went to kickstarter.com and for $25 backed a film project by an author and activist I admire. If the film is fully backed, I get a signed DVD copy of it. If it isn’t fully backed and doesn’t get made, I’m not charged. If I do end up with it, great, it’s only a DVD, which is small and easily passed on to others I know with the same interests. If I don’t, I’ve at least solved the itch to buy myself something for a gift!

    So, no, I didn’t need it, but it’s for a good cause so I don’t feel guilty.

  • #174021
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    Ann
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    No. Not at all. DH and I have fallen in love with a certain kind of enameled cast iron pots & pans from France and we bought two yesterday. No excuse. I need to find two “unloved” pans to get to the Goodwill area…that will be my plan for the week.

  • #174023
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    SunshineR
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    365lessthings: best wishes to your son as he recovers, and strength and patience to you.

  • #174033

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Thank you to everyone who sent well wishes and prayers for my son’s recovery. He is getting better every day and I like to think that all these kind messages go a long way towards that. We are hoping he will be home soon because he is doing so incredibly well, better than we could have possibly expected. So thank you again.
    Regards Colleen @ 365lessthings.com

  • #174068
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    Mimi
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @coleen: all the best to your son! may he be healthy and back home soon!

    *** my last purchase***

    i spent 18 euro on diary refills for my filofax, quite a lot of money for some few sheet of paper with a special arrangement of holes.

    i can justify it because by buying them i am saving 982 euro for an iphone4 that i WANT to have but… to be honest, that i really DON`T NEED :)

  • #174083
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    lol Mimi, I have a filofax, love it! If I bought an iphone it wouldn’t be for the calendar function but for being able to do stuff when I’m out like find a phone number and make a call, or work out when my train is due, things like that. But if I’m organised I can do that stuff at home, put those numbers in my filofax and make the calls when I’m out, and I could get a text about my train if I could be bothered to set it up. So whilst an iphone would be handy, it’s certainly not essential.

  • #174085
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    djk
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    “So whilst an iphone would be handy, it’s certainly not essential”

    heresy! heresy!

    (whimpers, moans and rocks in corner)

  • #174094
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    Mimi
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    nobody NEEDS an iphone (evilgrin) ;) but steve jobs made us think we need it- and yes, it´s smart, it´s wonderful, it´s well designed.. and NO, i will not buy it!!! no-no-no, be quiet in your corner :)
    i use my filofax for far more then the calendar function. i have maps, contacts, to do lists… it´s my second brain…

  • #174096
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    bandicoot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    my iphone is my second brain.
    it’s got all my travel stuff in there, my banking, my calender/contacts/notes, art and poetry apps, translators, currency calculators, gmail, google docs, heaps of songs and photos, skype, camera apps, and and and….i feel faint at the thought of doing without it.
    if i could get it to generate invoices, i’d do away with my netbook.
    if i could store a bazillion photos and songs on it, i’d do away with the macbook…..no, that is just crazy talk.

    however, if i could find a foldable bluetooth keyboard, i’d travel with only the iphone from now on.

  • #174097
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    djk
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    phew! finally the voice of reason ROFL!

  • #174098
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    Mimi
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    ha, this is fun! :)
    everybody i know who owns an iphone can talk of reasons for NEEDING it for hours! don´t get me wrong, i idore those phones. i just reject needing them. of course, one can need it, but me, mimi… i don´t need it.

  • #174100
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    LOL, I’ve talked myself out of an iPhone any number of times! The drawback for me is the required data plan. So I compromised and got an iPad. :) I can buy 3G service for it for half the price and only when I need it. Mostly I use it with wireless. I love it for reading a la Kindle, for surfing the web, for viewing photos. I’ve only used the iPod function when flying, as I otherwise use my iPoad at the gym and the iPad is, um, just a little big for that. LOL

  • #174102
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    bandicoot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    *GASP!!!!!!!!!!!1*
    “rejects needing the iphone???”
    *falls down dead with shock*

  • #174105
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    trillie
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    “everybody i know who owns an iphone can talk of reasons for NEEDING it for hours!” – oh yes.

    My boyfriend will renew his cellphone contract in a week, which means he gets to pick a new iPhone 4G and if I want, I can inherit his old iPhone (his exact words were: YOU REALLY WANT THAT IPHONE” along with a Jedi gesture, hah). Now I really can’t decide… I know that if I took it, I’d love it and use it often, but really there hasn’t been a single moment in my life where an iPhone would have been sensible. So yes, very handy – but certainly not essential. It’s really like going to IKEA and then suddenly needing all kinds of kitchen gadgets that I’ve never seen before in my life but once I see them, I [i]want them and I can’t imagine[/i] life without them. Sigh. Right now I’m thinking about using it for one month to try it (without committing to a new phone contract myself, just a prepaid data flatrate), but I’d be hooked on this sweet lure of technology if I did that, right? LOL ;o) To sum this up: Thank you Mimi for being honest, this gives me hope ;o)

  • #174106
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    Mimi
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    truth is shocking, isn´t it? ;)

  • #174107
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    trillie
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Yes. *chin trembles and eyes fill with tears while thinking about my trusty paper calendar vs. iPhone* ;o)

    @bandicoot: Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. :o)

    @365lessthings: Glad your son keeps getting better (LOVE the complaining neurons!), best wishes to you all! :o)

  • #174110
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    Mimi
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    i think, the iphone example shows some basics about uncluttering.

    it´s possible to differentiate between

    - i need that thing
    - i want that thing
    - i use that thing.

    we do not need a lot of things. but we want so many things. and, and this is the most surprising element, that i have learned while uncluttering: we use a lot of things quite often, even if we don´t need them. if i´had an iphone, i would use it- for hours and hours. but this does not mean that i really need it.

    to be honest: life would be boring if we just had the things we really need. but if we have too much, it´s getting cluttered.

  • #174113
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    lucy1965
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    *checks statement* Food, gas, prescription cat food — yes, sadly. I miss frivolous shopping sometimes. :-( I think I may go mad today and buy a CUPCAKE while I’m out getting laundry soap and parsnips.

  • #174117
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    pkilmain
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Small, inexpensive, consumable, frivolous = happy! (and still uncluttered) :)

  • #174119
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    lucy1965
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Enabler. *blows a kiss*

  • #174123
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    this thread is hilarious! pkilmain, I have a vision of you (even though I have no clue what you look like) struggling on a treadmill holding up an ipad with arms outstretched. Whilst on the subject of iphones, one of my friends is desperate to start a family and the other day she texted me to say that she’d get pregnant tomorrow, but she doesn’t have an iphone yet. And all mums NEED iphones apparently! I texted her back to say that my phone was a very boring, cheap variety with not a single app on it (though I do have a handmedown ipod from dh after he cluttered it up too much with music!). She was astonished to find out that they don’t actually check for iphone ownership in the delivery ward :)
    They are very handy for keeping kids entertained in situations where you don’t want them running round, but a normal itouch will do the job just as well…

  • #174127
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    bandicoot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    i wanna cupcake too!
    not clutter-y at all, unless you eat half of it and bring the other half home in packaging and then leave it in the fridge for days only to throw it out.
    but who does that kind of thing?

  • #174130
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    Mimi
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    i want an iphone4 *sigh*

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL7yD-0pqZg[/video]

  • #174133
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @ lottie – I get visuals like that as well! Boring old iPod nano whilst on the treadmill. If it ever dies, I’m springing for an iTouch……

  • #174139
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    SunshineR
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    food: justified. Pepsi: ergh, wanna get caffeine. Chocolate filled cupcakes: where are they?

  • #174141
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    bandicoot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    i bought a banding machine yesterday.
    it’s for my company and i can totally justify it.
    it will save me a lot of time and money each year and it will save my back too.
    it is one of those machines that straps poly bands around cardboard cartons, then tightens, seals and cuts automatically.
    MUCH easier for my customers too.
    i can hardly wait until it gets here.

  • #174150
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Bought yesterday:

    - 4 bottles of Powerade. Only wanted one, but they were on sale (4/$5) and figured it’d be good to have them for the dance workshops I’m teaching, when my throat can get quite dry from constant explanations and beat counting. Semi-justified.

    - new blush. Ran out of my favourite blush, and replaced it with an almost identical one. Since it’s pretty much the only blush I use (I have a second one, but I use it much less because it’s a cream blush and I find it much more difficult to blend, especially in the winter when my skin is dry), and it replaces something I ran out of, it’s justified.

    - USB 7 port hub. Become a necessity since my new laptop only has 2 USB ports (as opposed to 6 on my old one) and I routinely need 3-4. Could’ve just got a 4 port hub, but they were the same price and the 4-port one actually managed to take up MORE space, so I didn’t see the point.

  • #174188

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Ah Mimi, you are the voice of reason and have a good grasp on the difference between need and want. Please don’t be tempted to go over to the dark side.

    I say that but at the same I am thinking “Bless me father for I have sinned my husband suggested since we need to change phone plans we might as well get an iPhone and I am so so tempted”. I will be able to write my blog posts no matter where I am and take good random photos when I am out and about without carrying a camera and it would be all we would need for communication while travelling…
    Oh the power of the dark side is strong so strong!

  • #174198
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    Claycat
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Hey, I would get an iPhone if I could afford it! Go for it! :)

  • #174203
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    bandicoot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    i get so much use out of my iphone, that it is ridiculous.
    a customer emailed me today to ask for product photos and ingredient information.
    i was able to take pretty good photos with the iphone and email the whole lot back to him from the iphone, with no trouble.
    o and recently, i lost my landline internet for 3 interminable days (just awful at this time of year).
    i was able to do banking, email customers, pick up online orders, make online orders, and surf the net…all from the iphone 3g.
    as a biz tool, the thing is unbeatable.

  • #174206
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    djk
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I use mine constantly, for reference, for news & weather on the go, for podcasts for business and pleasure, as a teaching tool (dictaphone app as a language lab: I record students and playback for pronunciation/inflection, listening exercises for both high school classes and business English groups, etc). I use the maps/GPS function daily as I am running all over the city and need to know the quickest way from a to b on any given moment. I have etymology dictionaries as well as 3 translation dictionaries, my schedule, email accounts, calculator, shopping list, kindle and stanza and audiobooks, (I have about 100 books on stanza alone)
    I have a birthday calendar, a diet plan, world metro maps for cities we visit, travel podcasts and travel guides (like the books, but in my phone)

    so I have to say that it unclutters a lot of papers, books, and life details.

    I have never found a daytimer/planner with so much flexibility. The tools I use daily could not be carried in my bag.

    My iPhone makes life a lot less uncluttered. The function I use it least for is telephoning.

    of course the icing on the cake is that it is sleek and fun too!

  • #174208
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    lottielot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    OK, so some people may ‘need’ an iphone, but there are plenty of people (like me) who can get by just fine without :) I have a phone and an itouch and that suits me OK… I’d get an iphone if my current phone died or was mislaid and I needed a new one :)
    My last purchase was 10 square metres of tiles, pretty indispensable :) And a new blind for ds2′s room, his wooden blind has stopped working and the cold comes straight through the curtains without a blind there. Oh, and a poinsettia. Since my house is covered with dust I wanted something to make me dust the dining room so I could put the plant in the middle of the table and cheer the place up a bit. And because it’s nearly Christmas and November could do with a bit of red after all this grey :) Probably not that justified, but when it dies I can chuck it in the compost bin after Christmas…

  • #174252
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    bandicoot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    bought last night:
    new mineral makeup…. my current stuff is well over a year old.
    a salad spinner…. i have wanted one for years and we grow and eat a lot of salad.

  • #174255
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    Irulan
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I bought a pre-lit tabletop Christmas tree yesterday. My husband and I donated our old tabletop tree this past summer before we moved, so it was definitely a justified purchase for us. I did call him before making the actual purchase, too.

    @bandicoot: I like using the salad spinner more than I like actually eating the salad.

  • #174268
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    So today I bought a fluorscent light to hang over my poor house plants that are really suffering during these dark days. Of course, now I have to get the chain to hang it, duh. Also my little mybobino holders came and I’m busily installing them on cords all over the house. :)

  • #174274
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    bandicoot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    lol @irulan! this won’t be our problem, we are salad-loverrrrrrrs here!

    pkilmain, my mybobinos haven’t arrived yet, but i do live in the middle of nowhere and have learned patience. sort of.

  • #174275
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    bandicoot – I live only half-way to nowhere – that’s the difference! And boy was I surprised today when FedEx (do you have those in Australia?) showed up at my door with the printer ink I ordered over the weekend! And I got a deal of a free ream of paper and free shipping! Guess who won on that deal? :)

  • #174276
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    bandicoot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    just talking about them manifested them.
    i went to the post office right after i posted and there they were.
    i’ve already installed half of them.
    tomorrow, in daylight, i’ll get down under the desk and wind up some serious cables.
    they are terrific!

  • #174279
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    Irulan
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Those mybobinos look cool. Can the largest ones hold coaxial cables and such?

  • #174284
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    Trish
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I went to REI and bought some warm clothes for hubby and I, and was feeling slightly bad for over-spending…. but then Seattle got covered in snow and I’ve been spending a LOT of time in my new fleece pants and sweaters as I walk everywhere… and congratulating myself on my purchases the entire time. AND now I’m planning what to buy next as it’s obvious I still need a couple of items. Ha ha ha!

  • #174291
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @Irulan – co-ax is pushing the limit of the large size. If you only need to coil up a little, it’ll work.

    @Trish – when I lived in Seattle – twice for about a year each time – I too lived where I could walk nearly everywhere I needed to go. Otherwise I biked, or in really cold/rain I took the bus. I had a car, but mostly used it for groceries or to visit people out of town. Having grown up in New England, and lived in Michigan and Alaska for most of my adult life, I really got an eye opener about how ill-prepared Seattle is for winter weather. :)

  • #174294
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    lottielot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    HAH! You should try England then if you want true unpreparedness! If we have half an inch of snow the place just stops. Luckily it only snows about once a year tops.
    I just bought the Toy Story 3 DVD, completely justified as I saw it with the kids in the summer and loved it, only sorry I didn’t catch it again at the cinema. Cried my eyes out! Hmmmm, now that movie is all about uncluttering come to think of it :) Anyway, we will enjoy watching it many times, so that justifies it to me…

  • #174297
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    The iPad I bought this summer is becoming more and more useful – I think. Apple has just upgraded the software and it supports wireless printing. Yay! This was the only real drawback. My printer supports wireless printing, though I have it direct connected right now. But I may invest in one of those little wireless printers – or not – but I like having the option. It also now has some multi-tasking features (need to see how that works really) and you can create folders and declutter the desktop. And the thing they’re really touting is a “Find your iPad – “Locate your missing iPad on a map, display a message, set a passcode lock, or initiate a remote wipe to delete your data.”

  • #174298
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    Mimi
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @… to the iphonegang ;)
    last weekend i have been to london (where iphones cost half of the price compared to germany) and found myself walking into the apple store, asking : “do you have an iphone right now?” thank god there were none :)))

  • #174299
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    bandicoot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    mimi, that is hilarious!

    i am still in bed, typing this from my iphone…

  • #174304
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    Mimi
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    and i will got to bed now, without an iphone, sigh :)

    @ 365lessthings
    i like your post and illustrations!
    am i “tempted to go over to the dark side”? maybe.. but i tricked myself:
    i defined an iphone belonging to the (above not mentioned) category
    “i LOVE that thing” and we should have what we love;)

  • #174307
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    lazycow
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Yesterday I bought drought-tolerant plants for my garden (necessary in Australia!) We had a brick pathway done, and now the front entrance looks lovely.

    Also purchased several books from Book Depository for my childrens’ Christmas book stack. These were all books they’ve been asking for all year (The Hunger games trilogy, a Space encyclopedia, Sisters Grimm, Moshi Monsters – grrr). Signed up for the Borders VIP online club and got a $20 voucher with which I’ll get The Very bad book by Terry Denton for my son.

    My in-laws are coming for the weekend and they like to drink their coffee from mugs with HANDLES (imagine that?!) My mugs don’t have handles, so instead of buying some, I borrowed 2 from my sister. My husband still thinks we need a matching set with handles but I’m holding out :-)

  • #174312
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    candy
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I have recently bought an iPhone because I was tired of carrying two cell phones (private + work) and one iPod in my purse. Now I have only the iPhone and the work cell phone (yes, I need two phones… want to keep my private life private and be able to turn off the job phone now and then).

    It took me a couple of days to get used to the iPhone but now I can honestly say that I love it. Just today I downloaded the Kindle app and bought a book to read on the bus. Another one less thing to carry! I’ve also got the Spotify app to be able to listen to almost any music everywhere, and of course I use it as an iPod for whatever I can’t find on Spotify. It is a great tool – and great fun, I’m looking forward to discovering more things to do with it :)

  • #174318
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    lynsey
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My last purchase was a year’s supply of Wallflower air fresheners from Bath and Body Works as part of their early Black Friday sale. They were more than half off. I feel the purchase is justified because I live in the South, so for a good portion of the year, opening the windows to air out the apartment either brings in extreme heat and humidity, or allergens that make me miserable. The air fresheners keep the apartment smelling nice, and they are the most pleasant scents I’ve found anywhere. They’re also packed quite compactly, so it’s easy to store them, too.

  • #174321
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Latest purchases:

    - little purse-sized packs of tissues. Justified, since I have a cold and my nasal waterworks need to be contained wherever I am.

    - decongestant nasal spray and NeoCitran — see above. I was out of one, and my stash of the other had expired.

    - 3 frames. I put in 3 of my photos in a photography “miniature” show (i.e. photos 8×10 or smaller), and the conditions for entry included choosing one of the frames supplied by the gallery. They’re gorgeous frames, and I’m all excited about my photos being in an exhibition, so fully justified.

  • #174328
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    lottielot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    ooh, anita, that is exciting! Our local arts centre where ds1 does sewing had an exhibition today, it was an open one so anyone could bring in their work. Some stuff was rubbish (though to be fair some of it looked like it was by quite small kids) but some of the photos and the artwork was excellent. So we’re all inspired to enter our own works next year, we’ll have to get creative :)
    lazycow, tell your inlaws to bring their own mugs!
    OK, not quite bought yet but will be tomorrow: a new mirror for our tiny, narrower than narrow hallway which has been decorated and needs something like a mirror to finish it off. I would have bought it but ds2 was with me and being a pain so I couldn’t decide which one. And I thought I should ask dh which one as well, white painted or medium-dark wood. Not sure myself, I’ll let him decide, and if I choose one without asking he’ll moan about it forever and a day…

  • #174359
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    lottielot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Went to Ikea today…I had to get some shelves for my bedroom (essential to get rid of the cluttery bookshelves in my room which take up lots of space) and in addition I bought:
    some photo frames and tiny easel stands for the kids to decorate as presents (not essential but is a nice idea)
    2 glass jars with those wire closures (essential-ish as otherwise those insecty things get into the flour and I have to throw it out, I use my other ones constantly)
    a red box with a zipped lid for my ds2 (not essential, but encouraging him to put stuff away by giving him a box in his favourite colour!)
    some of those drawer organisers for underwear etc (last time I bought a set I had a revelation that all the pants and socks didn’t need to get all mixed up!) But the kids don’t have enough in their drawers, hence some extras
    Two wooden boxes which don’t have a purpose yet but will do soon, I have lots of those cardboard Ikea boxes which disintegrate over a couple of years so will need replacing. Maybe I’ll put my study stuff in them and decorate them accordingly, possibly keep them next to where I do work in the dining room…
    And that’s it! Oh, and a new back door mat as the plasterers trashed the other one. And some Christmas wrapping paper cos it’ll be needed soon :) Reasonably streamlined for an Ikea shop!

  • #174362

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    So glad that the closest Ikea is more than 2 hours away. I would lose control.

    Went to the rental/exchange bookstore. Returned two rental books and exchanged two paperbacks. Walked away with two more rental books and one paperback.

    We’re celebrating Thanksgiving a day late, so the turkey is in the oven, the stuffing goes in when the turkey comes out, and the deserts are made. The in-laws are providing everything else. Tomorrow I can back to a more normal life.

  • #174371
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    mrs_stroozi
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I used a Barnes & Noble gift card to purchase a copy of “Astronomy for Dummies,” very justifiable, as I am teaching Astronomy this year in HS, and have never taken an Astronomy class!

  • #174372

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Black Friday: computer software I’ve wanted for years and years, perhaps a decade, at <1/2 price :) & 2011 planner pages & wireless mouse – I tried to get other items incredibly priced but all sold out (what do you expect when you get there at 10 am and the sale started at midnight – and I don’t want to go at midnight . . .) Also brought some needed office supplies. Good thing they were out of things I might otherwise have purchased like unitasker revolving waffle maker, unitasker sandwich grill/press etc etc etc. But it did get me feeling a bit Christmasy. I may stop at one more place later to get one of those over the commode shelving units which I’ve been wanting for a while now.

  • #174383
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    Netleigh
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Finally registered here and will stop lurking.
    Ikea trip resulted in a few purchases, but I believe I can justify them!
    Box to stack tupperware lids in, will stop them scattering themselves around the cupboard, may cause cupboard to be tidied.
    Picture ledge, will allow rotation of a selection of photos and prints that I can’t part with but it’s too cluttered to have them all out.
    3 white plant pots to replace 9 mismatched ones released to charity shop.

  • #174384
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    Jacquie
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    EasiYo yogurt maker. I have been lookin at these since I saw them mentioned several times on the forum. I love it!!!!

    DH bought it for me on Tuesday when he went into town on his bus pass, and more of the different mixes than I would have so that was a good move – and I made and have nearly finished the strawberry with my breakfast cereal and as a desert, made a batch of plain Greek which I drained for cheese (yummy), and last night a batch of lemon flavoured, which I haven’t tried yet, but plan to have today with some spiced pears I cooked for supper last night.

    Has anyone tried the cheese with the low fat Greek? How does it compare.

    As there see to be quite a few people here with them, would it be appropriate to have a thread to swop tips? I know it’s not a cooking forum, but it is a useful uni-tasker, and has uncluttered my fridge and my recycle bin as I now has one (or two) big re-usable tub of probiotic yogurt instead of lots of little bottles of Actimel and similar.

  • #174389
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    We went to town (i.e. Anchorage, the largest Alaska city, about an hour away) and bought the few Christmas presents we wanted to send, and I got myself more computer mailing labels (ho, hum) and a new wireless mouse! My wired mouse for my desktop died a slow agonizing death last week, and I’ve been using my laptop mouse, but I like to keep it with the laptop so I can grab & go when necessary, so when I saw the wireless ones on sale, I grabbed one. :) We also traded in some books at the used book store, but got an equal number.

  • #174391
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    jbeany
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I stayed home on Black Friday, so I’m feeling smugly justified that I decided I didn’t need a single doorbuster. Probably a good thing, since I’m headed to IKEA on Monday. ;D So let me just say now – my next purchase will likely not be justified – unless I manage to leave the store with only the two new pillows I’m going for. What are the odds?

  • #174393

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Jacquie: feel free to post on “Recipes to Declutter Your Kitchen By” topic. Would love to see your yogurt decluttering recipes!

  • #174428
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    Lounger
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I just downloaded ‘Food Glorious Food’ from iTunes. Entirely justified after reading all the food-related threads on here. I’d been meaning to get it for a while as it’s a childhood favourite and always makes me smile. (And only 79p!)

    This thread made me laugh – people with no iPhone, but they make do with an iTouch. My phone is a goood few years old and I’ve still not been tempted to upgrade it. Could see lots of potential for the iPad though… had great fun playing with a friend’s.

  • #174465
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    Anonymous

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Last 3 things I bought:

    - 2 Christmas cards. Beautiful, handmade, one of a kind, and will be used this year. I tend not to buy big batches of cards at any given time, but to buy a few whenever I find something truly extraordinary. That way I always have a small stash, but I never have “leftovers” from big packets of the same type of card — and, no two people get identical cards from me.

    - a treat ball for my cats. One cat tends to throw up if she eats too fast, and we’re often away from home for too long at a time not to leave food out throughout the day, so we got her a ball which dispenses her dry food in small batches as she plays with it. It gets her exercising (more or less), but more importantly, it slows her down enough that she won’t refund her lunch after 2 minutes.

    - a DVI-HDMI converter. My new laptop only has HDMI output. My external monitor has DVI or VGA input. Since I already had a DVI cable, I got a converter to stick into my laptop’s HDMI port, rather than being smart and getting a DVI-HDMI cable, thinking I was smart and saving money. The problem is, the converter is quite bulky and the network cable port is right next to the HDMI port, so I can’t have my external monitor and my network cable hooked up at the same time. Not the end of the world, but less than ideal. So now I’ll need to return the converter and buy the (twice as expensive) cable instead. Moral of the story: stupidity costs time and money; if you have the option, be smart and check all relevant aspects of an item before you buy it.

  • #174467
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    4 new lights, 2 for outdoors and 2 for indoors. New shelf for hallway and paint to make it beautiful :)
    3 packets of hoover bags, I had to visit 3 different shops before I found them and spent 10 minutes trying to work out whether I needed the blue label ones or the red (why do they make it sooo complicated?). Anyway, I was heading for the till with 2 packs when an assistant ran up to me and told me if I bought 3 then I saved half price on one, so I bought 3 instead. They don’t go off, I won’t have to spend a month trying to remember to buy the stupid things and then visit all the shops which don’t sell them and I have about 3 years worth :)
    I mustmustmust do some Christmas shopping online…

  • #174495
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    jbeany
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Today, I made it out of IKEA with ONLY the two things on my list!!! So, yes, I feel completely justified. Also went shopping in a few other stores nearby. My sister was with me, and she was on a redecorating mission, so we did a bit of power shopping. I ended with only two other things – a scarf I’d been looking for and a Christmas gift.

    Not so justified on the gift, though. I’d already purchased a gift for this friend, but this one was completely perfect. The one I already had can’t be returned because it was from a craft show, not a store. I’m now left with decided if I keep it for myself (it’s a beautiful piece of handmade pottery that I love) or properly tucking it away for the next occasion I exchange gifts with this friend. Ahh, how to resist the temptation?! I did so well at resisting it in the stores today – I saw all kinds of gorgeous things I wanted, and I left them all behind. It’s harder when the object in question is already in my house, with the rest of the present stash.

  • #174496
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    SunshineR
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    hi, lottielot. If I may ask, what color did you choose for your hallway paint?

    I have bought (I’m in the US) Hoover bags that were not name brand at discount stores and they worked OK…wondering if you have that option or if it is worth looking for them.

  • #174524
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    jbeany
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Today’s purchase – a gift certificate for my nephew’s 12th birthday. Going with the buy an experience not an object idea, I got him a 20 minute glider ride – as in, get pulled into the air by a plane, release at 20,000 feet and soar around in circles like a bird. He should love it, and as a bonus, I get to be the cool aunt for giving it to him, so yes, it’s a justified purchase.

  • #174543
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    jbeany, well done on the Ikea resistance! It is difficult, I just tell myself: ‘it will soon become junk’! and lo, it becomes less desirable :) Did you ask the 12 year old’s mum first BTW? I would have a heart attack if someone gave my son a present like that!
    sunshineR, my hallway/stairs/landing/top stairs is painted ‘buttermilk’ colour, nice and light but quite warm still. A bit dull, but it’s quite a big area so I wanted something reasonably neutral. I spent forever searching for nice coat hooks and they’re enamel, a sort of sage green colour, and go quite well with the mirror which is a similar colour, and then I matched that to the shelf colour. I have a big pot of leftover paint from the shelf now, so am wondering what to do with it, I may paint the front door perhaps, or otherwise I should just freecycle it, it’s quite posh paint so I’m sure someone will want it :) Actually, I have a load of nice tiles in the shed I found the other day and am bound to have some leftovers from this bathroom too, I should freecycle it as a job lot, or try to find if a scrap store would like them, or maybe our arts centre for mosaics classes?

  • #174548

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Lottielot: For the bathroom tiles, the store where they were purchased might take them back. I took the extra tiles not needed for our backsplash back to the store and they refunded my $35. Well worth the 10 mile round trip.

  • #174551
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    jbeany
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @ lottie – yes, I got the all clear from my sis before I even called to ask if the glider company would take minors up. I didn’t think she’d have an issue, but I wouldn’t spring that on her anymore than I’d buy him a drum kit without permission!

    @ susan – I looked at all kind of beautiful things and just kept asking “Do I want to dust that?” So far, the answer is still no, no, no.

  • #174555
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    SunshineR
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Lottielot: those colors sound beautiful together! and yes, the store might refund your money for the extra tiles.

    (I just bought two sage green non-skid throw rugs and they look nice with both the blues and green towels in our bathroom. Now if I can choose a color of paint and get the bathroom spackled and painted before Christmas Eve. A very procrastinated project. Just do it….)

  • #174560
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    lucy1965
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @jbeany “Do I want to dust that?” is my shopping motto! How did you know? *grin*

    @lottie Is there a ReStore or equivalent near you? And I’d definitely call, at least, to see if you could get a refund on the tiles.

  • #174565
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    nope, I bought them online so shipping them back to Cornwall or wherever will cost more than the tiles are worth. I’ll try the arts centre first, then put them on freecycle if not and then try a scrapstore, we have them round here but they’re a bit of a trek. They’re lovely tiles though, have a look: http://www.tonsoftiles.co.uk/crackle-glaze-metro-tiles-c-57.html?osCsid=395038a07116d51621f3558ad2824854
    the chelsea blue and green park ones, love them. Infinitely nicer than the revolting grey and pink flowery ones which were there.
    SunshineR, I’ve found the only way I can choose paint quickly: have a painter about to arrive imminently! Concentrates the mind wonderfully, but if you’re doing it yourself there’s no real deadline. Then again, if you do it yourself then it’s not a big deal to do it again if it looks horrible :)

  • #174575
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    lazycow
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Yes! I bought myself a pair of Ecco sandals which are so comfortable for walking in, and pretty too. Sick of wearing thongs or flip flops, which hurt my feet after a while. Got rid of a pair of Mary Jane shoes to make up for it.

    Bought Harry Potter lego as my daughter’s Christmas present. The other thing on her list was a puppy, but that’s not happening at the moment!

  • #174588
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    SunshineR
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    lottielot: I love those tiles! But it would be an expensive trek for me to pick up your extras. About my painting job: you guessed it, I’m trying to save money by doing what I can for myself. I did have a repairman in to do some heavy work this fall. Nothing fancy: a french drain at the back of the house and some work on the gutters and downspouts.

  • #174629
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    lucy1965
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    lottie: Oh, I do like those!

  • #174633
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    lucy1965
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Most recent purchase: pet-safe ice melt. *glares outside*

  • #174643
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @lucy1965 – we use sand, and grippers for our boots (Yak Trax), but we have cats who refuse to step foot outdoors if it’s below 20F (-6C), rather than dogs. :)

    Most recent purchase – a birthday card for my about-to-be-7 year old great-nephew. It was on kitchen counter last night when I moved too fast with something in my hand and knocked over (and broke) a glass of wine which, yes, I had just poured, and red wine of course. Sigh. All over the counter. The card was the only real loss, everything else just needed wiping off (good thing I now have decluttered countertops!). So I’ll be buying another card very soon. Birthday is 12/17.

  • #174647
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    sunshineR: this is the first time I’ve had a painter in, it was lovely! I’ve always done the painting myself before but we needed a load of woodchip wallpaper stripped (shudder) and replaced with lining paper, it is a very tall stairwell requiring ladders and there was no way I was going to do it :) It was great to have someone in, he did a much better job than me and did all the doors and woodwork, patched all the little holes, etc. Reasonably expensive but worth it in terms of time saved, and we can afford it :) If it was just one room I’d do it myself though.
    lazycow, I love Eccos, I keep meaning to replace my old winter Eccos which have disintegrated, will wait for the sales. I have some lovely snowboots which are getting a thorough workout right now, but for wet but warmish weather I have no shoes suitable now my Eccos have died. Summer shoes though: I have Keen sandals and it is LOVE, best shoe purchase of my life, soooo comfy! I loved them so much I bought 2 pairs in different colours so I can wash one pair when they get stinky and kind of match different outfits (ish). I wear them for 9 months of the year and they seem to last forever, I used to buy a pair of Clarks sandals every single year as they fell apart but these are bombproof :)
    Anyway, last purchase was a book for ds1 (last book in the series) and some maths activity books for ds2. A bit of a bribe as they were driving me slightly crazy, I had to drag them into uni to drop off an assignment and it took us 4 hours on trains and buses in the freezing snow with lots of walking. So anything to stop the moaning and as an apology for dragging them out. Ds1 is finishing the book and will re-read it a million times, I’ve done some of the activities with ds2 already, so justified in my book.

  • #174657
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    lucy1965
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @pkilmain We use sand on the back path from the alley to the house, but out front the pavement HAS to be cleared completely, down to concrete and the full width of the slab, within 24 hours of the storm’s end. As I’ve got a couple of places where trees overhang — and I can’t remove them, as they’re “street trees” and technically belong to the city — ice melt it is.

    @lottie Woodchip? *runs away screaming* I know it of old . . . .

  • #174671

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My last purchase was a basil plant and a chilli plant. Both will save me a fortune over the Summer and Autumn because I cook with a lot of both. I am no gardener but I plant basil every year because I use so much of it. My grocery store charges about $3 for a bunch and the plant only cost that much and will give me endless bunches until in dies back in the Winter. I haven’t planted this type of chilli plant before so we will see how that works out as the season wears on.

  • #174677
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    SunshineR
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    lottielot: woodchip wallpaper: I wholeheartedly agree with why you hired a painter.

  • #174745
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    bought: new permanent marker for the kitchen :) Now stuck to the fridge rather than put in the pen pot where it will be used for other things. I think I will put a sticker with a threatening message on it too!

  • #174781
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    vjb
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Today’s purchases: a removable 3M hook in lovely brushed steel to hang my handbag on (the last hook was plastic, and broke), plus two Magic Erasers (one for me, one for the housemate) to clean leather bags, walls, electronics, etc. etc. I love Magic Erasers.

    Just for those who remember, my No-spend Month has been over for six days now and I’ve bought a handful of things, but nothing major. I got MS Office 2011 for work at a bargain price, spent $9 on iTunes and bought a $25 yoghurt-maker (I was inspired by the stuff about Easiyo on this forum)… but that’s it so far. I think the month really did press the Reset button on my spending habits! Highly recommend it.

  • #174784
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I am in love with all 3M hanging products, I bought a couple for hanging pictures after redecorating the landing and was well impressed. Much better than banging nails into walls and ending up with inevitably crooked pictures!
    No spend month sounds good, I try for ‘minimum spend all the time’ as I hate shops and shopping, but when I do all the shopping for a family of 4 it’s quite difficult…
    Anyway, bought a bunch of Christmas pressies for the kids online: a sewing box and stuff to fill it for ds1, a big tub of this building stuff for both of them, some art stuff and a box easel for ds2. Some stocking fillers (more art/craft stuff). Most of the things are consumables or tools/containers for a hobby which they will use, so I think they’re reasonably justified and I thought hard about them first. Better than the load of tat which other family members will give them, at any rate. I will buy them a few more stocking fillers like sweets, stationery, that sort of thing, but otherwise fairly minimalistic pressies which don’t take up stacks of space I’m hoping.

  • #174794
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    Sesberry
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I bought a little acrylic Christmas tree from Muji. It’s totally pointless really, I wanted it for my desk at work, but it collapses flat so it won’t take up any room in the box of decorations. So no, I can’t justify it, but I properly love Christmas so I’m letting myself off!

  • #174800
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    spacadet
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I think I can justify mine. It’s a black cowl neck sweater, but I’m not naked, so no, technically I don’t *need* clothing. However, I’ve been looking for the perfect classic black cowl neck since about 2004 to no avail. I FINALLY found one in a tall size, on sale for $20, so I did snap it up! (I’m a 6’0″ woman, so perfectly-fitted clothes do not come along all that often, and I am What Not To Wear picky – Erin’s Red Velvet Rope test picky – about my wardrobe.)

  • #174815
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    Rosa
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    That’s awesome, Space Cadet.

    We went on kind of a spree this week, but it was for our Angel Tree kid, so none of it is staying in my house :)

  • #174829
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My last purchase was registering my mom and myself for a drawing class. Not vital by any means, but we’ve both been wanting to start drawing, and never could draw so much as a straight line, so this is a little (or, at over $500 for both of us, not so little by my budget) indulgence to help our creative side come out and play. And it is a multitasker, since it’s also my Christmas present to my mom. So I consider it justified.

    Only downside? Now there are supplies to buy, including a drawing board, which made my pun-happy boyfriend grin from ear to ear and make jokes about “going back to the drawing board”. All day. Sigh… aren’t there vitamins or something to make boys grow up? :P

  • #174863
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    arthelemis
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My last purchase was a inexpensive (4.99$) set of tools that I should have bought a long time ago. 2 days after I bought them, they help me save over 200$ because I was able to do a repair on my car that would have been nearly impossible without them. So I think I can justify it :D

  • #174872
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    spacadet
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Anita I like your comment about vitamins to make boys grow up! So funny! My boyfriend says similar things. Also, he didn’t have any sisters growing up, and some of my girly habits and clothing articles are simply mystifying to him.

    Enjoy your class!

  • #174874

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    spacadet:- you sure know how to hold out for just the right item to suit your needs. There shouldn’t be one piece of clutter in your home if you are always this discerning.

  • #174881
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    vjb
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My last purchase was a super-flattering Mesop dress about two hours ago. I’ve put on weight and been feeling constricted in my clothes, and it’s really been getting me down. So I’ve bought this dress, with the idea that I can have it taken in once I’ve lost the kilos again – but I’ll feel comfortable and pretty in the meantime.

  • #174891
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    bandicoot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    i bought a big industrial fan for the bedroom.
    there is no aircon here, our old fan died last summer, and it is starting to get very hot at night again.

    and a strip of runner for the new french doors opening onto the verandah….hopefully the cats will all wipe their dirty little paws before coming inside…

    and a double garbage thing (regular garbage and recycling) to go under the sink….the old kitchen doors were ripped out and now i have this huge open space and my old buckets looked utterly tragic sitting there.
    i tried putting them under the sink, but they wouldn’t fit.
    and while i was buying my bins, i saw a $599 garbage bin. i almost died.

  • #174913
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @vjb – having clothes that fit properly, at any size, sure makes you feel better!

    @bandicoot – yikes – what does a $599 garbage bin do that a $5.99 one doesn’t?? :) And good luck with the paw wiping – never had much success with that one myself.

  • #174916
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    jbeany
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Oh, I want to see that! Post a link, bandicoot, if you can find one. For that price, it better take itself out to the curb!

  • #174919
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    lucy1965
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    . . . and put itself away again, after washing itself out!

  • #174920
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    wow, that is one expensive bin! The sort of thing my SIL would probably buy, about 5 years ago her boyfriend bought her a coffee machine for £1000, we got her castoff (£200) one which makes gorgeous coffee and is still going strong :)

  • #174928
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    lazycow
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I certainly can justify mine! Bought 2 ceiling fans with remotes, and had them installed yesterday. One for the living room and one for our bedroom. That will mean that my husband won’t run the bloody air conditioner in the living room as much as he used to. We used to argue about it all the time. Very happy now :-)

  • #175104

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    lazycow – You must live in the southern Hemisphere like me if you are talking ceiling fans at this time of year.

    My last purchase was four cushions for our sofas. We have managed without any for five months until I could find what I wanted at a good price ($6 each what a bargain). Yes we could live without them but now I can take an afternoon nap in the coolest part of the house if I so desire. Our bedroom is upstairs and it gets hot as hades in the Summer.

  • #175106
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    jbeany
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Yes, no, maybe. I bought textbooks for next semester – that’s a yes. I even got smart and wrote down all the ISBN’s at the bookstore and searched for them online, which saved me $110, even with the shipping costs. Unfortunately, wandering around websites that sell books leads to purchasing fiction, which I can’t justify, even if it’s stuff that has been on my wish list for ages.
    The maybe is for the new watch I just ordered. I have to take my transplant meds at exactly 12 hours apart every day. I can’t remember without an alarm, and I’m not always near either my plug in clocks or my cell phone. I’ve got a casual sports watch I’ve been wearing that has a 12 hour alarm, but it’s an oversized “unisex” watch not a ladies dress watch, so it looks odd when I’m dressed for a professional environment. I finally found a ladies dress watch online with a 12 hour alarm. It was a $40 Timex, so at least it wasn’t vastly overpriced. I’m too hard on watches to want to spend a fortune on one.

  • #175116
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    SunshineR
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    jbeany: I’m right with you on the $40 Timex watches. And I’ve lost one of those along the way.

  • #175180
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    2 books for dh’s birthday tomorrow, I was looking for a particular book but couldn’t find it so got some other ones instead, hopefully he’ll read them and if not I will :) Another book for ds1 for Christmas, he’s been putting sewing books on his Christmas list and he’s getting a sewing kit and box so he’ll need some projects! I think now just a few stocking fillers are required and immediate family are done…

  • #175186
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    irishbell
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Yes yes and yes. Quite a few christmas presents- last one was perfume for one of my daughters. Losing a loved one changes how i’ve looked at christmas buying. I haven’t been able to get focused, motivated or even wanting to get out there and buy, but i have forced myself(funny). with 5 kids and spouses and a few grandchildren, the list is long. I have, however, shortened it a bit this year. Bigger ticket items, but not as many items as usual. It’s helped put thins in perspective this holiday season. as long as my family and I are together I shall be merry!

  • #175254

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Got a little silly at the used bookstore — $43.62 for 12 books, but 6 are ones I need for a work project and I can justify them easily, as I have a lot of research to do before the first week of April and checking them out of the library would be burdensome. The other 6 just for fun, but I will unload them when I am finished.

  • #175255

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Icee – unjustified.

  • #175263
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    A Christmas tree(never been frozen)! Justified – now that we don’t exchange gifts to one another of much value (who needs more stuff?), we see the expense of an unfrozen tree as part of our gift to one another. :)

  • #175279
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    Ginger
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I bought some personal grooming things that I COULD do without but I’m justifying them because the comfort seems worth it to me. I bought a packet of hairbands that don’t slip out (and I’m getting rid of all my old flimsy ones!). Got a very nice “$14″ deep conditioner which I bought for $4 (I’m a dry person and this dry weather is making my hair crunchy). Then I also caved in and bought a good hairbrush. I’ve been using just a $1 comb for the past 4-5 years (each use cost me less than $0.0005 cents! Lol!) but I wanted something that is more gentle on my hair.

    My other last purchase is unjustified. I bought a cheshire cat plushie which has been sitting on my bed. I suppose it’s not TOO bad, as before I had nothing but two normal pillows sitting on there, but seeing that crazy grin makes me smile every time. ._.

  • #175373

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    The one and only Christmas present for the year – A craft book for my mother-in-law.J
    Justified in so much as we are doing secret Santa so it is the only gift I am buying.
    Unjustified in so much as books are clutter when you can easily borrow them from the library or look up an infinite quantity of stuff on the internet.

    (Just to clarify I am giving my Children money – I am not a complete scrooge – although I am starting to feel that way as the day approaches) Be strong!

  • #175376
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    365lessthings – after spending a smallish fortune at the post office, I’m about to give everyone money as well! I did order my sister’s present online and got free shipping, and my 3 of my grands got gift cards, the other 2 are too little, and got books to be read to them. I already have ideas to make next Christmas go easier and less costly – at least for things like shipping.

  • #175381

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    pkilmain – when you think about all the carbon emissions created due to transporting gifts around at Christmas it isn’t only cost effective but environmentally friendly to cut back on the gift buying.

    I know this probably sounds Bah Humbug to some but lets face it we do get somewhat carried away at this time of year. This is my 2nd decluttered Christmas and I must admit I do feel a bit like a scrooge but I am trying to be strong and resist the temptation to buy extra gifts. My family hasn’t disowned me yet so I assume they aren’t too offended.

  • #175386
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    jbeany
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Yes to the last thing I bought – a hand mixer for the local Gilda’s Clubhouse, the cancer support group. It’s from their top 10 wish list for donations. I will drop it off on Tuesday when they hold their weekly open hours. Charity donations seem justified to me!

  • #175394
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    no, a bunch of presents…Two of them were gift vouchers at least, so they will be used more wisely. The rest, hmmm…I hate the excess of this time of year :( Plus when the shops are busy you tend to just buy stuff without thinking about it carefully, maybe online shopping is better that way? So I did buy a bunch of stuff which I know my kids won’t need, but at least none of it is completely disposable :) Some of it is consumable like arts and crafts stuff, the chocolates will definitely be eaten! Ditto the stuff for my dh, a book which I think he may have already so may need to donate it before I even give it to him, some sports socks because he’s bound to need some new ones, some chocolates, some dental floss because he is always stealing mine! He’s already bought himself a stonkingly expensive computer for Christmas so these are stocking fillers BTW :)

  • #175407
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    lazycow
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Yes, books from Book Depository for 2 birthdays in early January: boxed set of 3 Percy Jackson books for my daughter’s best friend, and a Riot Brothers book for my son’s 7 yo friend. So much cheaper than buying locally, plus it means I won’t have to venture into the shops (apart from grocery shopping)for the whole holidays (well, unless my kids want to spend their Christmas $$)

  • #175409

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Lazycow: the mother of the author of the Percy Jackson books is a friend of mine — I knew Rick when he was teaching school full-time and writing adult mystery novels on the side. They are great books, and the author is a very nice man. You know he started a new series set among the Egyptian deities???

  • #175419
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    lazycow
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @Susanintexas. I LOVE the PJ books! My 10 yo daughter owns them all. I don’t buy new books often so am glad to know the author is deserving of the royalties! We’ve both read the 1st book the Egyptan series and are eagerly anticipating the 2nd one.

  • #175428
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Ran some errands yesterday, and ended up buying a LOT of stuff. Most of it is justified:

    - exchanged my DVI-HDMI converter for a DVI-HDMI cable which will no longer block access to the other ports on my laptop. Justified. Plus: I resisted the temptation of special offers on batteries and screen cleaner :)

    - hand soap, hand lotion and facial wipes. We were out of all 3. I also turned down the offer of a “special edition” Body Butter for $5, though in retrospect I’m not sure how wise that was, because I’ll need a new one for my gym bag fairly soon. Oh well.

    - a foot scrub thing that my mom recommended and a foot balm. I walk a lot. I dance a lot. I do step aerobics and other cardio classes. My feet need love. The scrub is great, but I’m on the fence about the balm. The smell is divine, but it’s very gooey and feels a bit like tar going on my feet. Time will tell whether it’s worth the result or not, I guess.

    - supplies for the drawing class I’m starting in January. I tried to stick to only the list that my teacher handed out, but I did end up buying an extra few pencils because I don’t own any (or didn’t before this), and I want to get a bit of practice before class actually starts, but don’t want to start using my graphite sticks or conté just yet.

  • #175442
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    ooh, Anita, there is nothing better than buying art supplies! I love art shops, they are my one shopping weakness :)
    A new pair of slippers for my dh for Christmas, his old ones are wearing out inside. If he prefers his old ones still I’ll keep the new ones, mine are falling apart too.
    Some new pants (underpants, not trousers) to replace horrid old ones. Justified as the others were uncomfortable beyond belief.
    Some food and paracetamol for my neighbour who won’t venture out in this snow. My good deed for the day, definitely justified.

  • #175473
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Is a panetone in a nice tin justified? What am I going to do with the tin afterwards?! Eek, probably not justified! I blame the whole Christmas supermarket shopping experience…
    2 new nice plain white mugs to replace some ugly ones which may accidentally lose their handles. Oops. I love plain white mugs, I have 2 which are about 20 years old which I bought from a seconds shop and they give me joy whenever I use them.
    Some new cleaning products for my new bathroom and some new cleaning cloths which I love to use because they’re super soft even with our hard water. Justified because hopefully I’ll use them :)

  • #175483
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @lottielot — I love art shops too, SO hard to resist thinking up new projects while in there, just because the supplies are lovely!

    What I’m not loving about art stores is the staff. At least at mine, the staff is entirely made up of snobbish art students who turn their noses up at you every time you ask a question. I’m taking a drawing class for the first time in my life, and I have zero knowledge of the different types of paper I need, of the philosophical differences between pencils and graphite sticks, and of the earth-shattering importance of the exact type of Staedler eraser I’m looking for. I came in with a list of materials handed out by my teacher, looking for someone to point me to the right aisle and explain to me what exactly mi-teint paper is. Instead I’m treated like a nitwit who shouldn’t bother trying.

    I’m not much good at drawing, but I’m a photographer, and what I lack so disappointingly (judging by the reactions of art store staff) in knowledge of drawing supplies, I more than make up for in knowledge of photographic equipment — and guess what: a large part of that knowledge was picked up from chatting with staff at photography stores, most of whom are also photographers, and who don’t suffer from Brilliant But Mistunderstood Artist Who’s Too Good For People Syndrome!

    … rant over. Now. What was I here for? Oh yes, purchases:

    - 2 pairs of lovely warm mittens, one for me and one will be a Christmas present. Semi-justified; I needed some extra-warm gloves, but I mainly bought these because they were just. so. cute!

    - cards and Raffaello “chocolates” (they’re not chocolates, as they don’t contain chocolate, but not sure what else to call them… sweets, I guess?) for 3 of my friends (plus an extra bag of Raffaellos for myself. Yum!)… again, only semi-justified as it’s mostly consumables.

  • #175568
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    lottielot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    10 bottles of wine for Christmas. Sooo justified as we’re going to drink the lot!

  • #175591
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    Anonymous

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    2 sports bras. I got rid of 2 old ones, and I only have 4 in all (bare minimum for me, since I try to go to the gym at least 4 times a week and do laundry weekly), so they’re fully justified.

  • #175595
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    OK, it’s impossible to come out of B and Q with just a few items…
    4 socket adapter, didn’t realise it’s actually a 2-pack but at this time of year with Christmas lights etc we can’t have enough. Plus they’re white and I needed a white one to replace the more obtrusive black one in my hallway for Operation Spaghetti Junction.
    A pack of cable ties (see above)
    A pack of cable clips (ditto)
    A roll of Velcro tape (ditto). I LOVE this stuff! Not quite as good as the 3M command strips but the shop didn’t sell that brand. Very handy.
    New light bulbs. Say no more.
    A shower curtain rod. It has been a complete sod trying to track down one small enough for my narrow shower enclosure. So even though it’s an ugly white thing it’ll do the job until I can find a slightly less ugly version. Who knows how long that will take…
    A shower caddy to keep my shampoo bottles etc tidy, rather than this household’s usual messy trick of putting bottles on the bottom of the shower tray and collecting lots of mould around the bottles. I may buy one for the upstairs shower if it proves its worth. Having de-moulded the shower up there yesterday it was not pretty, dh had bought tonnes of tiny bottles which were really annoying to have to move to clean round, so I just hadn’t bothered for, errrrm, far too long obviously!
    And now…I have a tidy hallway and a bathroom I can use with impunity!!

  • #175705
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    OK, we went sale shopping today, some of the purchases aren’t mine, so clearly not really justified, particularly my dh’s clothes…
    2 new pairs of trousers for ds1. Definitely justified as his other ones are rather few in number, he grows out of them and he loses them. Probably in his very cluttered room, but he was wearing shorts last week in the snow…
    new gloves for me, since this cold snap hit I’ve been wearing odd gloves, one of which is dh’s and too big, and one is a kid’s one which is too small! Definitely justified :)
    Dh: new fleece, 2 new tops. Completely unjustified, but at least he uncluttered a bunch of old clothes :)
    Dh: wine decanter. Definitely unjustified, especially as when he opened it it was broken. So now I have to make a trip back to the shop and get it replaced. Or maybe they may have run out…
    The house: 5 new towels for the new bathroom, which reminds me to chuck out some old ones. I actually wanted 2 per family member so we can have colour coded ones plus a couple of hand towels, so will buy a couple more when I return the decanter. Justified as all our old towels are pretty ancient and don’t really go with the tiles in the new bathroom.
    New kitchen timer to replace broken one. To be used for uncluttering blitzes!
    New salt and pepper grinders, the old salt one gave up the ghost so I bought some new ones recently but they are rubbish. Why is it so difficult to buy a salt grinder which works? Must donate previous version.
    Melamine bowl for ds1, cup for ds2, not particularly justified but the bowl cupboard isn’t very full as the kids keep breaking them and ds2 is too short to reach the glasses cupboard so that can be his cup to keep in a low cupboard.
    Not TOO painful, considering :)

  • #175741
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    vjb
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Today I bought a 16kg kettlebell! If it doesn’t justify itself by giving me lots of muscles (starting with tomorrow’s morning workout), it’s OUT.

    While I was in the sport shop, I also got a carry-strap contraption for my yoga mat so that I can ride my bike to class. It clashes horribly with my yoga mat, though, so some black dye may be my next justified purchase…

  • #175752
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    lottielot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    lol, you need to be colour-coordinated obviously!
    a few online bits: a bathroom mirror. So I can see how grey my hair is going.
    Four letter hooks for the bathroom towels so my children know where to hang them up after using (and the adults).
    Some more new towels. I would have got the proper complement yesterday but my dh is the world’s least patient man, plus there wasn’t a huge choice in the shop. I want 1 hand towel and 2 bath towels in each of 4 colours so we can know whose towel is whose. Then when my darling children leave them on the floor I will know who is the culprit!
    I’ve been looking for an artwork to hang on my bathroom wall but despite trawling the net endlessly I haven’t found anything I like which goes with the tiles, so I’m going to get a drawing I made converted into a canvas :)

  • #175753
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    oops, I just added 2 vacuum storage bags to the list! In uncluttering ds1′s room I realised just how much summer clothing I put under his bed and how much dust it has collected in a few months. Time for something a bit more dustproof, if it takes less space that’d be good too…

  • #175787
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    SunshineR
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    lottielot: I really like your idea about the lettered towel hooks and the color system for bath towels. Very clever. Hmm.

  • #175830
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    sunshineR: I stole the idea from one of the many organising websites I love to haunt :) My kids are reasonably slobby, as is my dh, they will pick up any towel and leave it on their bedroom floor to go mouldy once used. They will do the same with toothbrushes too, given half the chance. I ended up putting name labels on their toothbrushes so we could all keep track of whose were whose (though I can’t do that for the electric toothbrushes, does anyone have any ideas? Colour coding does not seem to work for them there!). I also intend to put name labels on the towels too as extra precaution, I bought a stack of stick on name labels online a while ago for school stuff but they’re handy for other things too. No ironing or sewing, just stick them on and they don’t come off. Love them! I think I may have some made saying ‘Mummy’ so no-one else (ie dh) pinches my stuff :)
    Bathroom artwork is done, when I uploaded it to the website it looked too faint so I went over it with darker pen and some bright-coloured inks so now it looks much better. Hopefully should get the canvas next week, very exciting! It’s two drawings of my ds2 I made for this book I did. In one of them he’s having a shower and in the second one he’s drying himself with a towel and it says ‘squeak squeak squeak’ above because he’s squeaky clean! It may not be the world’s best artwork but at least it’s vaguely funny and it definitely adds a personal touch to the bathroom :)

  • #175845
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    candy
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I bought an air humidifier. The air in my apartment is so dry during wintertime that I wake up with breathing difficulties, and I constantly get “zapped” by static electricity when I touch just about anything, particularly in the kitchen. I have had it for two days now and it seems to help, so it was definitely a purchase I can justify.

  • #175856
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    jbeany
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    lottie, the artwork sounds fun!

    I hit the 75% off after Christmas sales. Good chocolate for the freezer – I don’t care what color the wrappers are. Big bag of bows for 30 cents, because I didn’t have any left. I’ll ignore the calories and consider them both justified!

  • #175865

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I bought a knife sharpener that I have needed for years. My set of Wusthof knives couldn’t cut butter and I refuse to pay $10 per knife (that’s what they charge in Australia) to get them sharpened professionally. This thing had better work because I have no time or space for useless items in my home. It will go back where it came from if it doesn’t live up to its promises.

  • #175867
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    lazycow
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I’m just about to go and buy a pair of summer pants as I don’t own any, and I don’t like shorts (not flattering).

    My husband bought me a hammock yesterday as we finally have 2 trees which are big enough to support the weight. I’ve wanted a hammock MY WHOLE LIFE. It was only $15 but it is the best gift anyone could have bought me!

  • #175877
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    Sesberry
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I bought a sweater at a charity shop. It was only £3.30 and full price it would have been £100 ish – and I don’t have lots of jumpers… and it’s cold…

    No, I can’t really justify it but it was a bargain!

  • #175881
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    lucy1965
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    A piece for the household altar that I’ve been trying to get my hands on for the best part of a year; there have been so many mishaps that I won’t believe it’s coming until the box shows up on the front porch!

  • #175884
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    ooh, lazycow, here’s to you sitting in the hammock all summer luxuriating and not having to clean your house because it’s so uncluttered :) We have a hammock, just a cheap silk one which we can take camping too and it is the nicest thing to lie in during the summer. Not in December with a lawn covered in cat poo though :) I’m thinking that this summer I’m going to buy one of those spike drinks holders so I can put my wine glass down next to the hammock rather than have to get up for a glass of white :)

  • #175901
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    Charity
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    DH just ordeed some new baking sheets – justified as we will bin the old ones, they are so manky now. I ordered personalised cakes for the kids birthday parties – consumable! I will not wash and keep the cake boards, even though my mother would. I’m trying to leave Justin Case at her house.

  • #175912

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I’ll be keeping an eye out for a food weigher thingy

  • #175939
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    vjb
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I’m in two minds whether I can justify my last purchase or not… It was a lovely bra/knickers set from my favourite brand, at a bargain price, made even cheaper by the strong Australian dollar. But I’m not sure I really needed it… :/

  • #175947
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    djk
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    my last purchase was also a bra/panty set and it was well worth it, since I had that morning had to toss 2 bras with the underwire broken and poking into me (a common problem for me, it seems. I am hard to fit! the girls are close together and most bra makers don’t seem to get that, so the underwire bends and warps with my every move, then breaks and stabs me until I bleed, or at least until I can get to the loo and rip out the offending wire, leaving betty swinging lower than boop)

  • #175954
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    Jennifer
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Oh the underwire evil! Been there, done that, got the holes in me to prove it. Bras that fit are absolutely not clutter!

  • #175956
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    djk – I’m built the same and – tired to being stabbed – I gave up underwires years ago. A well-made bra with a good supportive band works well for me, without pain. :)

  • #175958
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    jbeany
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My last one is justified – a new organizer for my jewelry making supplies. My current assortment of various containers with little bags of beads in them is not working. Now I just need to spread everything out and organize it. Then several cluttery boxes can go, which will clear up a shelf I need to store reference materials from my college courses.

  • #175968

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    A banquet for the extended family. Justified.

  • #175994
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    towel shelf for bathroom, toilet roll holder for bathroom. Nearly there! I love this room so much now, it’s a pleasure to go in and see how uncluttered it all is. It’s also easy to clean because there isn’t junk on every surface as there used to be. My undersink drawer which I thought would be too small is actually the perfect size as long as I don’t let any crap in there. So I don’t need to buy any shelves or cabinets or other storage :)

  • #175995
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Oh, I forgot, I bought 5 new dinner plates the other day. I realised we wouldn’t have enough plates for 10 people, as the kids seem to keep breaking them. They fit fine in the drawer so they earn their place.

  • #176029

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    travel pillow – justified

    Calculator – semi-justified (misplaced the cord of the old one)

    To be purchased today, last day of sale, air purifier – justified

  • #176033

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    More has been coming in than going out –

    (1) Ceramic-coated cast iron dutch oven. I latched my beady eyes on this at World Market about a month ago and expected it for Christmas but DH didn’t take what I thought was a heavy-handed hint. Good for him though — it went on sale, 25% off, plus there was a $10 coupon in the paper, so we got it for $29, tax included. The similar La Crueset one is more than $200. The idea is to dump the electric crock pot with the broken handle that makes me sad whenever I look at it and the TWO Roemertopf clay bakers which are a bear to clean.

    (2) A black turtleneck sweater, 50% off. I needed one as it is a wardrobe staple for me and my current one is TOO SMALL.

    (3) A set of flannel sheets for the guest room bed. Also half off. The current sheets are not permapress and need to be ironed. What was I thinking? May store the old ones in case we ever have another natural disaster and have to house the cousins from Houston on the futons in the sun porch.

  • #176039
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Went out for a small amount of groceries, mostly fresh stuff, to hold us over for this last week before we leave. Um, well, I bought a few things that had amazing sale prices, like non-chlorine bleach and butter, plus enough cat litter to get the house sitter through the month. All in all I did okay, and bought nothing we won’t use up quickly or that will store fine.

  • #176071
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    irishbell
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    djk: betty & boop, lol. Funny, but true- been there and done that!

  • #176093

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Food scale, more travel pillows, Ionic Power band

    Decided against the air purifier for now until I do a little research on it. I think it’s probably good for smaller enclosed areas so I want to do some asking around first.

  • #176166

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Got Ionic Power band and necklace yesterday, wore it over night, then realized this morning that the shoulder that has been bothering me is almost good to go now . . . I wonder . . .

  • #176172
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    nch – we have an electrostatic air cleaner and I find it really helps – we have 2 constantly shedding cats, plus we use a wood stove a good deal in the winter.

  • #176221
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    Charity
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Wine bottle stopper, replacing a broken one. Jusified; hate using the corks.
    Contact lens cleaning solutions. Essential.
    2 x modelling clay sets. Gifts for DD to take to a party on Saturday, justified.

  • #176225
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    irishbell
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Passport- heck yes! Going birding with sis and Dad in May of this year. We’d stopped our annual trip to Pt. Pelee, Ontario when my Mom became ill, we decided this would be the best year to start it up again. Last time we went we didn’t need the passport or travel card, now we do.

  • #176234
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    Netleigh
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Completely justified but not yet arrived.

    I’ve ordered some Really Useful Boxes with dividers so the Christmas Decorations can be sorted once they are down on 12th Night. Hopefully I can divide them into some to remain with us and some to go with my grown up son when he has a more permanent base, we’ll have to negotiate on some of the sentimental ones as he chose one a year. I suspect that I’ve really got rather more than are needed for two trees and if I put the excess into a box then they can go to a charity shop.

    I’ve also ordered a slide scanner, having looked into the practicalities of sending the slides off for professional scanning. I decided that running them all through a home one would give a decent enough result for the cost and time as a long gradual project. If I want a few scanned at a better resolution for enlargement then I can get them scanned professionally.

  • #176370
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    Anonymous

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    On Monday I bit the bullet and bought myself a new camera body. An hour in the camera store and $2000 later, I’m the proud owner of a Canon EOS 7D.

    Finally decided to buy it since:
    - my old camera keeps malfunctioning — when your camera decides to turn off for no apparent reason in front of clients, it’s never a good sign. When the body refuses to communicate properly with a lens it had no issues with for the previous 2 years, it’s in fact a very bad sign.
    - on top of being slightly psychotic, my old camera was also becoming inadequate for the kind of shooting I’ve been doing.
    - the 7D (which I’d been eyeing since it came out) was on sale for $300 off, which is nothing to sneeze at, and the sale ended the next day.

    Now all that’s left to do is decide what to do with my old camera body…

  • #176377
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    Charity
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    A glue stick, as DD trashed my last one. Essential. She is banned from touching it.

    Pretty sparkly invites for DD’s forthcoming birthday party. Justified, 5/6 year olds don’t generally appreciate emails!

  • #176663

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    So how did everyone go with the temptation of the After Christmas Sales. I bet there were quite a number of unjustified (but bargain) purchases made during that period. Come on Fess up!

    My husband just bought our son a 27in iMac because his laptop has just about been used to death. The screen is failing and it is crashing on a regular basis. Is it justified I don’t know but he is a university student and it will get used to death like the old laptop. We will sell of any useful parts from the laptop when it finally does give up the ghost so at least we do our best to reuse and recycle. I’ll let you decide of the justification.

  • #176684
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    Rosa
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My partner took the kiddo to the local electrical museum today, and kiddo really wanted an overpriced electromagnet kit (battery, wire, nail). So they came home and got all that stuff out of the basement…except it really wanted a 9v battery snap connector…so we went to the crazy mechanical parts store (it’s called Axe Man) and bought a switch, alligator clips, batter caps, a couple other kinds of connectors, light bulbs, and some small motors.

    I guess it’s educational? The two of them sure spent a lot of time running little light and turning-things setups, plus Daddy figured out one of the batteries fit neatly into a lego setup and so now the Technics have a power supply.

    It does all fit into a box. And it was an already-existing box – we emptied out the last of the pirate treasure and put the electrical stuff (except the battery, for safety reasons) into that container.

  • #176696

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    belated xmas gifts, justified.

  • #176701

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Rosa – One thing certainly lead to another with that purchase but the quality time your child and his/her dad spent together was well worth it I’d say.

  • #176749
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    Parsifal
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Nope, I’m sad to say my most recent purchase – 2 movies from the $20 bin at Blockbuster – caused me immediate buyer’s remorse on the way to the car. I watched parts of them, but they have already disappeared into the depths of my 200+ movie collection, most likely never to be seen again. The particularly sad part is that I’ve been actively trying to de-clutter my apartment for over a year! I guess we all slip up sometimes. Maybe what I should do is try the ’30 day’ list. Somehow I doubt I would have still felt the need to buy those two movies in a month, and if I did, they probably would have been even cheaper!

  • #176798
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    jbeany
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Parsifal, for a suggestion – http://www.paperbackswap.com has sections for DVDs and CDs, as well as books. The best part is once you’ve traded them for credits, you can transfer the credits from one section to another. Or, you can donate the credits to a library charity fund. You could trade your unwatched portion of your collection out for different movies, CDs or books that you haven’t seen or read. I’m not much for movies, but I do have the same problem with books. If the media you want isn’t immediately available, the swap site gives a wish/waiting list option that I use now instead of buying something I want the first time I see it. Doesn’t always work, but it does help. Plus, the ongoing list helps me focus when I do get in the store. If I’ve been wishing for something for months, and I still haven’t gotten it through the website, then I’m fine with getting it new.

    As for slipping up – I figure if I’m at least realizing that I bought something I probably could have done without, I’m still waaaaaaay ahead of where I used to be! And when I do slip up – like my shopping trip this Friday (Here’s my confession, 365less things – 3 shirts, some lovely sparkly jewelry!) at the clearance sales at the mall, then I take steps to balance out what I own.

  • #176815

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Went to a big show and purchased ONLY needed replacements.

    Nowadays when i look at things I see differently: “Oh, will I have to declutter that?”; “Oh, that’s nice but I don’t want it – just more clutter.” etc etc

  • #176821
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    vjb
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @djk et al – Thank you and LOL! I feel better about the bra set – really looking forward to it arriving. :)

  • #176833
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    lazycow
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Airfares (for myself and the 2 children – husband will make up his mind later) to the Gold Coast in April to stay with my sister and her family. She is moving from Melbourne in a few weeks and I’m going to miss her dreadfully (I might even sneak in a trip on my own before then if the airfares are REALLY cheap).

    Totally justified!!! These things are the reason why I’m aiming for an uncluttered life: so I can fully enjoy the people and things that are really important to me :-)

  • #176863
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    Anonymous

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    A portfolio and a little pencil/art supply storage case.
    Starting my drawing class on Wednesday; I had bought all of the supplies listed by my teacher, but it only recently dawned on me that I need something to carry and store them in. Now the portfolio holds my drawing board and assorted types of paper, and the compartmented box holds pencils and graphite sticks and erasers and clips and a bunch of other things I’ll hopefully learn how to use.

  • #176864
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    ooh, now those are two very lovely and exciting purchases girls! Mine are far more mundane…New bra top and workout trousers, I think my old ones can do an aerobics class by themselves by now they’ve been worn so much. New trainers, my old ones have lost that bounce and my feet hurt after exercising. New walking shoes: for those times when it’s too hot for my snow boots and too wet for my shoes which are open at the top. They were on sale for a reasonable price, look very comfy and are good so far.
    Two new small rectangular laundry baskets for my boys to put their clean washing away from. Better than me chucking a big pile of clothes on their bedroom floors anyway, hopefully will be justified by being used!
    Need to go and find some shoes and workout gear to get rid of now…

  • #176882
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    jbeany
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    A paper shredder – yup, justified. It will give me the incentive I need to sort the filing box with last year’s paperwork.

  • #176887
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I had to laugh, my boys fought over who was going to get the grey basket rather than the black (I got different colours so they could identify them). Then my ds1 took his basket upstairs and converted it into a mini launchpad by his bedroom door. He hung up his school uniform on a hanger on the door, and put his schoolbag, school shoes and PE kit in the basket. Long may it continue! The power of the container!

  • #176888
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    lucy1965
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    New garbage cans — yes, justified, as the old ones were broken/didn’t have a lid, and the cats kept fishing used tissues out and carrying them around the house. The old ones have been separated into their component parts and put into the recycling bins, with the box to follow as soon as DS gets a minute: I’m laid up with a sore knee and am behaving myself and resting it today so that I can go to class Wednesday.

  • #176902
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    irishbell
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    2 new pillows and new cotton comforter- heck yes! I have not been sleeping well, my neck and shoulders have been sore when I wake up. The last 2 nights I have slept like a baby! I have been using the same old comforter for about 5 years now, it has lost its loft and warmth factor. This new one is a subtle pale aqua/blue reversible stripe/damask pattern that has just the right warmth and comfieness! And at about 35% off- i am a happy camper! I love a beautiful comfortable bed. Oh- and 2 new pillowcases to go with comforter -not necessary.

  • #176910
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    Rosa
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Lottielot, that’s awesome!

    I bought some books today – one is a keeper, I’ve checked it out of the library about 15 times and their paperback is falling apart. The others were from the thrift store & will be read & release. Plus I got my son hoodies and pajamas on $.99 sale at the thrift store – his old hoodies are all gone already, they were way too short, but he’s been wearing not-quite-big-enough footie pajamas the last few weeks while I talked him into new ones. Once they’re all washed he can wear the bigger ones & I’ll donate the smallers.

  • #176945
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    irishbell
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Forgot to mention one last thing I got with the comforter and pillows at bed bath and beyond.
    http://www.seen-on-tv-links.com/roll-a-lotion/rollalotion.html

    A hand held lotion roller for your back! I can’t believe I’ve lived for 54 years and had never seen one of these before. love love love it! it was a definite want, not a need.

  • #176952

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Got a small plastic literature holder to keep on my desk and act as a home for my day planner so that it doesn’t get buried. It is wall-mountable, but for now it’s just resting on its little feet and working fine. Not essential, but is so far proving useful. If I end up hating it I will move it to the library at work.

  • #176983

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I signed up for an art class but having second thoughts because of the cost, time and mostly since it’s printing on paper instead of wearable fabric (which I’d thought it would be), meaing “clutter.” Up in the air on this one.

  • #177027

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I must be on a shopping spree (for me at least . . .) bought four 6″ personal pizza pans at the restaurant supply store, $1.99 each. I’ve been working on making my own pizzas (earlier this week it was spinach, artichoke and goat cheese – yummy) and the next phase will involve making and freezing them. Not essential, but fun.

  • #177029
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    JuliaJayne
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    This weekend I bought a bathroom scale. I haven’t had one in years, but I am in the process of decluttering my body and I wanted the scale to help track my progress. I forgot how motivating weighing yourself can be when trying to lose weight.

  • #177054

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    JJ – I’m in the thinking about phase of that too. What’s your plan of action, if you don’t mind me asking?

    Have you heard about a new rage – HCG food plan/diet?

    I am also thinking about organic – anyone have experience with decluttering “toxins” and added hormones and chemicals by going organic?

  • #177069
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    JuliaJayne
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    needtoclean….

    I’m following the recommendations from the SparkPeople website, which promotes making healthy lifestyle changes instead of fad diets. :)

  • #177073
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    bandicoot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    i have joined up with sparkpeople too.
    just the act of logging what i am eating and seeing the horrendous calorie counts for things i thought were quite innocuous, have been very helpful for me.
    i’ve lost 2 kilos this year.

  • #177104
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    bandicoot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    ut-oh, things came into the house today…

    my mother and i drove across the country, to some remote crazy farmhouse in the middle of nowhere.
    a guy there restores brass and copper things.
    mum had salvaged two partial sets of fire irons for us….we have a wood stove and have managed ( with some personal danger) for years with bits of metal and kitchen tools.
    so we picked up the good as new victorian brass irons and the made-in-china-decades-ago cast iron tools and it is a whole set.
    it’s a bit eccentric and nothing matches, but they are good tools that would have been thrown out otherwise.

    and i went to the garden centre.
    when you are committed to buying nothing else for your house, then you start on the garden, right?
    i ordered five big terracotta pots which will look divine with lime green ipomea cascading out of them. these were on the shipping list.
    and i bought a huge weird metal cow with horns, all painted crazy colours, by some group in zimbabwe who make them out of recycled metal…it’s a lockable, weather proof letterbox and will replace the horrid giant homemade corrugated iron eyesore we have been afflicted with for the last six years and which got all bent in the cyclone almost 5 years ago.
    and it will give every passing motorist a giggle.

  • #177129

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    bandicoot: want to see photo of the cow! We have sweet potato vines too. The ones in the back yard are in a protected nook and haven’t frozen back yet: the lime green color is so striking. I have to buy new ones every year.

  • #177134
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    Anonymous

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I bought a small clutch bag. Not sure if I can justify it. Sure, it’s pretty, and I need it to go to a wedding (because otherwise I never use small bags, only big ones), and it’s replacing 2 other small bags that I was saving for use at just such special events, but that are so out of style it’s tragic. But I’m wondering if this one will suffer the same fate after the one outing. On the other hand, it seems I’ve hit the magical age when all my friends are getting married in quick succession, so maybe it will actually get used regularly?

  • #177164
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    bandicoot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @susanintexas….the cow letterbox is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pattiflynn/5352596959/
    (obviously not mounted yet).
    you lift the nose to put mail in….and lift the tail to take mail out.

  • #177165

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    bandicoot: OMG! I SOOO want one! You must get a lot of mail for your business and I can see how that attracted you.

  • #177167
    Avatar of bandicoot
    bandicoot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    we only get three deliveries a week out here.
    i don’t whine about it…my parents live 5 minutes away and they have no mail delivery at all.
    we have a post office box in the village for business.
    but i thought the cow for a rural property was just too cute to pass up.
    my husband is hankering for the matching horse and rooster garden ornaments and i had to put my foot down, even though they are excruciatingly adorable.

  • #177173
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    It is adorable! We get our mail in a government approved cluster box – 12 personal mailboxes plus two package boxes and an outgoing box. Very sterile, but it beats the RFD box on the highway which got hit with rocks, knocked down by passing cars, did’t lock and was dangerous to access. The cluster box is on our quiet street and locks.

  • #177174
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Can I justify a one day kayak rental so we can snorkel further out and hopefully see dolphins? We are loving our sojourn
    To Hawaii so fae, and still 3.5 weeks to go. :)

  • #177175

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    pkilmain: jealous!

  • #177177
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    SunshineR
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    pkilmain: I’m jealous, too. Dolphins shouldn’t capsize your kayak, as might whales. Oh, the thoughts of tropical fish, turquoise waters, warm breezes…
    (I’m in the northeastern US, aka freezerbox).

  • #177179
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Ah well Sunshine I’m usually in Alaska so I know what you’re having for weather. Our friends who are here with us for 10 days are from western MA and got out just before the recent storm….

  • #177181
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    bandicoot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    pkilmain, paying for experiences is always justified.
    and the kayak and snorkelling and dolphin action sounds fantastic.
    sounds like you are having a beautiful time!

  • #177182
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    Netleigh
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @bandicoot, great cow, I see why you had to have it.
    @pkilmain,as a proportion of the cost of your trip renting a kayak for the day will be minimal, don’t waste the opportunity while you are there. Economise when you are back home.

    I’ve purchased a new cookery book, Food from Plenty by Diana Henry.
    I need new inspiration in the dark days of winter and this one is by an author I like and has suggestions for leftovers and seasonal gluts. It fits well with the uncluttering ethos.

  • #177183
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    Alfa
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    A ticket to go see Tim Minchin in May. <3
    Justified? Oh yeah. :P

  • #177190
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    Charity
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    A small poppy-print drawstring bag from Etsy. Totally frivolous, but very pretty. Also a bunch of lillies. I really need spring to come soon.

  • #177200
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    minimalmaya
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Over the past month we have been drastically reducing our belongings. It wasn’t much to start with but we have to accept the fact that we might have to move halfway around the planet again in a couple of months (job related), which is expensive. It happens every 2 years in average. But as I feel I am getting too old now (30, lol) to just toss everything and start from 0 again, I have tried to pare down to a small number of items that I actually love (as opposed to randomly accumulated) and would be willing to pay moving for.
    So my last 2 purchases are hopefully my last 2 purchases overall until we move (maybe July)

    1. pair of black leather oxfords. No black everyday shoes in my closet before (why??)
    2. black leather tote bag with a laptop compartment (for work and play). No black bag in my possession before, wanted for a long time and on sale (65%).

    That’s hopefully it with the acquisition of new stuff for a long time. It’s just too sad to see it go (translate: see the $$ go )after a couple of months like it has happened before.

  • #177208
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    new school jumper for ds1, he only has one and it’s disgusting, frayed sleeves and stains all over, ew. New pair of trousers for ds2 because he only has one pair which actually fit his skinny frame and don’t fall down and expose his bum to the world! I get sick of trying to keep track of single items like that and washing last minute or having to sponge off stains in the morning, so justified :)
    Lunch with a friend, totally justified :)

  • #177232

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I didn’t plan on buying any new clothes this year but there was a 40% off one “red dot” item for Stein Mart in today’s paper (a deeply discounted clothing store with department store quality clothing.) I got a dressy Harve Benard black check jacket that will go well with black slacks. $18, marked down from $72. Not absolutely needed but useful and the price is right.

  • #177251
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    pkilmain
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Oh I totally agree with paying for experiences. The kayaking was fun but the dolphins didn’t show. :(. Lots of cool fish and sea creatures though. We’ll do more snorkeling for sure, but likely at walk-up places….

  • #177255
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    SunshineR
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    pkilmain: no dolphins? Well, maybe you’ll get to see some in the next few days or so. Enjoy your adventure.

  • #177264
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    Charity
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Just been on Amazon. Got DS’s birthday presents – he turns 3 in a couple of weeks. A Playmobil Dragon Dungeon set and also a Catapult Cell. He got the larger dragon castle set for Xmas from MIL and both kids have played with it every single day since, so I think the add-ons are justified. Also a new Dora DVD for only UK£2.99. They are both huge fans and we don’t have the TV channel that shows it. Also got Dora-patterned paper cups, plates and napkins for his party. I have a few leftover pirate and mermaid ones stashed away from last year so will dig those out too, along with the plastic tablecovers.

    I also bought myself a DVD of The Business of Being Born that I should have watched months ago and will most likely use in classes (childbirth education).

    And half a dozen books for me – very naughty indeed, but I have significantly reduced my to-read piles lately.

  • #177278
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    how did your first class go?
    Didn’t buy a thing today but am looking for a new bed tomorrow…

  • #177289
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    Charity
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Not bad thanks – they are not a chatty bunch so was a bit pulling teeth at times but hopefully they will warm up over the weeks. The only thing they could think of for their own agenda was pets – fine, but they’ve paid for 18 hours of my time! Even I can’t talk about cats that much.

  • #177292
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    lucy1965
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Used a B&N gift card to buy electronic copies of five books, two of which are out-of-print and only available in hard copy at three-figure prices! *boggle* I have pulled the worn-out copies of the other three and put them in the recycling bin: they weren’t particularly well made and the spines are broken, which is a great disappointment in a hardback.

  • #177324
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    lottielot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    some books on Amazon, they’ve mostly been on the saved list for months so they get some space on my shelves.
    charity: I remember being completely terrified by the whole experience my first few classes. I was in denial about the whole baby thing and was wondering who on earth these women were who I had nothing in common with other than a due date…By the end of it we were all friendly enough, I still see a couple of the women nearly 10 years on :) Our teacher did lots of breathing exercises and relaxation stuff, went straight out of my head once in labour but it was pleasant enough. Just keep them topped up with biscuits and tell them some funny stories, they’ll soon warm up!

  • #177327
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    Sesberry
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I raided the charity shops yesterday and bought 2 tops, a dress, some shoes and a shirt for my husband, but they were needed for work and all together it came to £24 so not bad.

  • #177332
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    bandicoot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    all my latest purchases have been for our european trip in april.
    trains…flights…apartment in paris…hotel in london…etc.
    utterly justifiable and i am already salivating over the great big art-gallery-fest i am going to be having in paris.
    i haven’t even started thinking about london…the national gallery, a closer look at the V&A, some snacks in harrods, the tate, the tudor gallery at the national portraits gallery o.m.g.

    and i bought a couple of kindle books….one of them was karen kingston’s clutter book, ergo TOTALLY justified!

  • #177349
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    Mimi
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    bandicoot, make sure to have a cup of tea at the tate modern cafe at level 7. there is a stunning view over london…

  • #177350
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    JuliaJayne
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    In addition to the baking pans mentioned in a different thread, I bought a suction cup shower caddy to corral clutter in the shower. A new body scrubbie thing.

    Did I need those things, no…. but it makes me happy.

  • #177365
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    Netleigh
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @bandicoot,
    do you need a separate recommendations/suggestions thread for your Europe trip?
    I’ve got a visit to the RA and V&A next weekend, ‘sort of’ Christmas presents to me as I didn’t want anything physical other than books and some chocolate from dh.

    Last purchase not totally justifiable as it’s more shoes, ankle boots, but I have been looking for some boots I liked and that fitted. I’ve had to concede again that short boots are all I can wear as my cyclists calves just don’t fit into long boots. Unless I save for years and have some made to measure!

  • #177368
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    bandicoot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    netleigh, i would LOVE a recommendations for europe thread and i am off to start one right now.
    i hope it’s ok to be so completely off topic.

  • #177371
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    jbeany
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Netleigh, a lot of boot makers are now offering boots in larger calf sizes – it’s intended for those of us in the plus size market, but they should work just as well for athletes. Look for “wide width calf” or “extended calf”. I’ve got a lovely pair of tall boots from Bare Traps. I don’t even bother to try on anything without that option.

    bandicoot – consider it uncluttered traveling – you want to unclutter your time spent at boring places…. ;)

    My last purchase – extra printer ink. I usually don’t stock too far ahead – pointless to stockpile when little home printers are so easily broken. The cartridges were on a buy one, get one free sale, though, so I got 4 total. Given how much I’m printing for class these days, likely well justified.

  • #177388

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Collection of writing for a course (wonderful and justified) and selling some books and returning one so it is better than a wash.

    I think I will start following the rule of thumb that many unclutterers here follow: 1 in 2 out. It’ll be tough at first but worthwhile.

  • #177394
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    vjb
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Today I bought a GoToob for homemade cleanser! (On Bandicoot’s reco. ;)) Looking forward to it arriving in the mail. Definitely justified.

  • #177396
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    lazycow
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    New swimsuit for daughter – a proper chlorine-resistant one made of polyester not lycra – not a crappy Target one which stretches and bags like an elephant’s hide.

    New pair of swim goggles for me. Son’s goggles died, so I gave him mine and have groovy new ones. One flow-on effect from decluttering and not buying much stuff, is that when I DO buy something I make sure it is good-quality and looks good, and boy do I get a head-rush from the purchase!

  • #177430
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    Anonymous

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Wedding present for a friend — a gift certificate to a home decor store.

    One cluttery aspect of it is that it was a group gift, but I volunteered to actually pick it up, so now I’m waiting to be paid back by two friends. Hopefully I won’t wait too long…

  • #177432
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @Netleigh, you’re in the UK? Look at Duo boots, they sell them by calf measurement, I think in 2cm increments. Mine are a bit baggy on the ankles but I can zip them up and that’s what counts.

    I’ve neevr been to the RA, or the National Gallery, or the Tate Modern… Very embarassing as I’ve lived in London for 16 years now. My daughter has gone to the V+A Museum of Childhood today on a school trip.

  • #177435
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    charity: that is disgraceful! You should go! We live about 40 minutes outside London but we love to go there for the odd day out, if your kids are little then Tate Modern has stacks of room and is pretty kid-friendly. The National Gallery is my favourite, it’s amazing.
    OK: purchases today were: a vintage mirror for my bedroom. Although it was a bit of an impulse buy I’ve been thinking of buying something similar for a while, and I love the shape of it. Two new towels for my bathroom, now we have the fulll complement. I was very restrained though, I was in Guildford where there are lots of nice shops and I didn’t buy anything else :)

  • #177448
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @ Charity and lottielot,
    Shame on you Charity, living in London and not making the most of the free galleries and museums, however having small kids does remove all the spare time.
    I had a big gallery habit instilled in childhood as Mum loved to visit and it’s a habit I have passed on to my son.
    I am in the UK, in Fareham between Portsmouth and Southampton with direct trains to London.
    Thanks for the boots suggestion, I’ve not seen those so will investigate. Just looked, they look great, will have to visit their London shop next Saturday!
    @jbeany, I’m not really an athlete with cyclists calves, I just cycled a lot in my green pre car days and the calves have not wasted away since then!

  • #177449
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Oops. Wrong thread.

  • #177459
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Charity! Pack the kids off somewhere and go! It’s been 6 years since I was last in London and I miss it every damned day.

    @lottielot Well done you for not cleaning out the shops in Guildford! DS and his partner stayed there last summer after their time in Paris and enjoyed themselves enormously.

    I replaced my exhausted paperback copies of “The Lord of the Rings” with an e-book copy of the 50th anniversary edition; completely justified, as a quick click on “resize text” means I can read this when I’m tired, and I was despairing of the annual read-through before it popped up in my suggestions list.

  • #177526
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Charity- I can’t count the number of people I’ve visited who haven’t “gone” and “done” the things (touristy or otherwise)that their home city is so famous for, you’re not the only one! Don’t beat yourself up about it. You’ll go when you WANT to.
    I haven’t bought much of anything but groceries recently. The last purchase I made that was evidently not justified was a warm,comfy looking cat bed/mat that my extremely discriminating cat will have nothing to do with. She’s 13 yrs old and loves to curl up most of the day by a heat register, so I put the bed by the register she usually picks. What does she do? Yup, you guessed it- moves to another register in the same room! Cats.

  • #177543
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @irishbell Aren’t they the most ridiculous creatures? All of the cat beds scattered through the house and the youngest prefers my meditation mat or the middle of my bed.

    Yesterday: two new Silpats, replacing two that were ripped — thoroughly justified.

  • #177546
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Buying things for cats is rarely justified – since they never like anything purchased specifically for them! I bought a flowing water cat dish for mine when I moved, since my cat was missing the constantly dripping faucet in the tub from our previous home/hovel. (I was hoping she’d stop toilet dipping – something she started when we moved here.) She not only wouldn’t touch the fountain, she refused to use the regular water dish when I sat them next to each other.
    My sister’s cat loves though – it wasn’t purchased for her, after all.

  • #177563
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    oh yeah, what is it with cats? Buy them something specific like a bed or whatever and they’ll scorn it for the dirty washing pile instead!
    I have mentally bought a Kindle, just mulling over which cover to get for it before I hit ‘click’. It’s going to be for my uni papers, I hate having to fire up my ancient laptop to read papers on there, I’m not going to print out 100 papers when I can glean the info from PDFs, and I can take it on the train to uni and out and about when I have to wait for the kids or whatever. It’s a replacement for my Sony E-Reader, which I did use a lot for that purpose. Who knows, I may even read some books on it :)

  • #177578
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Talking of books –

    Just purchased an e-book edition of “The Mists of Avalon”, after pulling my copy off the shelf and finding that the print’s too small. *insert profane language here* Ah, well, I would have bought it eventually and it was half price today, so I’ve used up a gift card, too.

  • #177581
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    bandicoot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    bought a can of white enamel paint this morning and some superglue.
    glue to glue the allan key bolts in, on the new letterbox.
    white paint to perk up the shabby peeling numbers we salvaged off the old letterbox.
    everyone who has seen the letterbox has assured us it will be stolen within a week.
    i am hoping not. i had hoped we had a better community here than that.
    in the meantime, there is glue and quick-drying concrete.

  • #177591

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Cats like to mingle scents with the humans they love. Really. There’s a book called _Cat Vs. Cat_ that explains all these cat behaviors. Great book, especially if you have cats that chase each other or make “big body” to one another.

  • #177592
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Cats might be like dogs (at least mine). They like to be near their human(s) and their scent. I lost a pair of eyeglasses that way when my dog was a puppy. But oddly, she never chewed our shoes. We told her no, no in a very gentle way, because she is sensitive and wants to please (border collie). We did not lose any clothing, shoes or linens.

    And my dog loves to rub up against us and our clothes, furniture, etc in a cat-like way. LOL. Good thing I’m not fussy about dog hair, etc. She most definitely has her own favorite places on sofas, chairs, and has preferred napping spots.

    bandicoot: oh, please, say no one is going to steal your designer letterbox. I love it. For shame.

  • #177603
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Super warm socks! :D

    I was at Macy’s making returns from my December shopping and that’s when I saw them… the most coziest looking cotton-candy pink socks EVER. I always wear a pair around the house to keep my feet warm (I don’t like slippers) and my old pairs were thinned out since I had them for 5 years. Upon seeing them, I struggled with not buying them, then remembered how my old pairs were raggedy and faded, and didn’t keep my feet warm so…. I bought them.

    For me, $5 for one pair of socks is a lot of money. My spending habits lean on dollar store knick-knacks which I’ve always surrounded myself with. I have knick-knacks & stationary galore but I’ve been decluttering a lot lately. When it comes to myself, I’m reluctant to spend so I deprive myself (horrible self-esteem issues) so these socks are a turning point for me. They keep my feet super warm, they’re sooo soft and cozy, and they make me smile when I put them on. :)

  • #177632
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    then, chiwi, they are well justified! they sound very cosy and warm!

    Strangely enough, my last purchase was two pairs of grandma-knitted socks from a flea market. Sometimes you will come across a basket of knitted wool socks (new) but they are hard to come by. I rely on my b-in-l’s mother to keep his sock drawer full up, as I plunder it without an iota of shame when I visit. (Hey! free socks! right out in the open, here in my sister’s bedroom, in the back of the dresser drawer! Clearly, begging to be taken)

    Purchase justified? well, yes! So nice to have two pairs where the heel is not halfway up my calf.

    I have recently put in a whine–uh–request–to my sister to send some more to me, as I am not nearby to steal them anymore. Grandma socks are my ultimate downfall. I am weak.

  • #177634
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Oh my…a 10-pound book the size of a church bible — a forty-year retrospective of my favorite political cartoonist.

    I thought about the purchase for a month. Found a place to buy it at half list price (still a huge amount.)

    Ridiculous size, ridiculous cost, and I may eventually regret the purchase, but for now I’m really enjoying the memories the collection brings. Justified? Hard to tell.

  • #177635
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Today seems to be a day of socks! I purchased a hanging stocking organizer (with a christmas giftcard, which I got made fun of for, but hey). LOL. I don’t have a dresser and they were shoved in a plastic drawer along with everything else. They kept getting lost and I couldn’t see what I had. It drove me nuts. Now my socks and stockings are hanging neatly at the end of my closet. I stuck my two scarves in the slots on the back too. My plastic drawer is now organized and I don’t need a dresser. Justified!

  • #177637
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    new bathroom mirror to replace the one which turned up broken. Took me 3 hours by the time I got home, grrr. Since I was in the department store though I bought 2 new hats, one to replace the one I just lost and one for the next time I lose a hat! I’m picky about hats and seem to lose them easily so if I find one I really like then I try to buy 2 of that type. Plus it’s rained a LOT here lately and if I do the school run and my hat gets wet it’s not dry for when I go out later. I think I’ll donate a couple of older hats though, there are a few I don’t wear much any more.

  • #177638
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    oh, and a cover for my new Kindle, I’m going to swap covers with dh as he doesn’t like his orange one and I like it. Plus 2 Little House on the Prairie books for my ds2, we’ve read the first 2 and are keen to read the rest!

  • #177645
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My last non-food purchase was tickets to a dinner dance and show at the Superstars of Ballroom Celebrity Dance Camp! DH and I haven’t been out to a big dance event for QUITE a while. This is an early Valentine’s Day treat for us.

  • #177673
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Julia, if that book gives you pleasure, why not own it? Anyway, you can always get rid of it at a later date. That’s what I’m telling myself when I buy something now. I MAY NOT need it forever, and that’s OK!

    Bought a new bike helmet for my daughter (grown out of the old one), batteries for her pottery wheel (has only had it for a year and I’ve been too lazy to search out C batteries). My 8 yo son bought the “Slave 1″ Lego set he’s been lusting after, so technically not MY purchase as he used his b’day and Christmas money. Of course he doesn’t need it, but Lego and Star Wars are his LIFE at the moment :-)

  • #177678
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    lazycow: :) about your kids.

    julia: go treat yourself and buy that book. :) It sounds very interesting to me. I have a giant book on History of the 20th Century which I bought from a friend who was moving away. It is one of my favorite books, despite its size. I look at it often, enjoying its summaries, photos, maps and charts.

  • #177694
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My last purchase was a microfiber cloth to use for smudging and blending in my drawing class. Cut it into quarters and gave half to my mom for the same purpose, and very happy with it so far (yay for smooth shading!).

    Currently I’m debating buying tickets to a salsa festival. The full pass is $200 (price goes up Jan 31), transportation there and back will be another $200, and 4 nights at a nearby hotel will probably run me about $500 if I’m lucky (or $250 if the boyfriend also wants to go… hmmm). Sigh… tough choice.

  • #177702
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I forgot to add these yesterday
    one last towel for the bathroom, dh bought one grey one and when I went back to the shop they’d sold out, luckily I found the exact same type in another shop, so now every member of the family has 2 each, next stop is allocating colours and labelling them so dh doesn’t pilfer the entire lot!
    A new big oven dish, the old one had a crack in it and looked really ratty. I realised it was a wedding present 16 years ago so I guess it’s time to replace it :)
    A spinach and feta pancake from the cafe in the department store. Mmmmm, really yummy and they make them from scratch right in front of you.

  • #177716
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @Julia Ooooh! Doonesbury?

    Don’t feel bad about it! Two years ago DH and DS bought me “The Complete ‘Calvin and Hobbes’” for Christmas, and I treasure it.

    Backslid today! While getting dishwasher tablets and washing-up liquid, I picked up a hemp/silk scarf I’d been looking at for a few months and brought it home with me. I now own three scarves.

  • #177731
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Bought my daughter a box of Kool-Aid sachets (grape flavour) so she can dye her hair. Apparently we don’t have a good equivalent in Australia. Should be interesting, as she is very blonde :-) It was a bribe for getting her to declutter her bedroom a few weeks ago. It required a special trip to the USA foodstore and with amazing willpower we walked out WITHOUT any junk food!

  • #177762
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Piles of pink plastic, but will all go out as gifts over the next 2 weeks – birthday season and DD has too many friends.

  • #177774
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @lucy — 3 scarves is a backslide? To me, with my 20+ scarves, that’s amazing willpower. But then, I have a problem :P

    My latest purchase was an Oilatum moisturizer. My skin gets very dry in the winter, and my regular moisturizer isn’t helping it. I got it in my head to try the Oilatum one after I heard a lot of people sing its praises; only problem is, you can’t get it in North America. Thankfully, ONE person on eBay sells it and offers worldwide shipping, and for a reasonable price.

    Whether it’s justified or not will be decided once I try this supposedly miraculous thing and see whether it really works.

  • #177843
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Anita–I don’t know if I have 20 scarves but the number has to be up there. I wear a different one almost every day 3 seasons a year! couldn’t live without the splashes of colour they add to my almost completely black wardrobe! Today’s was baby pink over solid dark grey. Matching huge bangle and yellow gold rings. I can get away with so few clothes because of those darlings!

  • #177872
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    No. And tomorrow I am planning on buying a new skillet because I have a $50 coupon. Then, we are planning on culling our skillets (we cook a lot) to bring the number down to something reasonable.

  • #177878
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    pkilmain
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    No, but it was locally made ice cream and it was yummy!

  • #177879
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    Sky
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I finally found a cup holder that slides on the cabinet shelf on ebay for $6.99. It will free up my shelf space and hold 12 cups/mugs. My MIL has one and it has taken me forever to find one so I think it is a justified purchase. Yeah!

  • #177890
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I bought an iPhone app called MyWallet. Entirely justified, as it is extremely easy to use and helps me to see where my money goes. I’ve put in everything from the 1st of January so far – and I’m absolutely horrified by how much money I spend on certain things.

  • #177900
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @candy – scary, isn’t it? My DH figured out how much he was spending at the coffee shop in a year and now only has a latte a couple times a month. He did have a daily habit…

  • #177907
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @pkilmain: Yes, scary as hell – but it’s a really good thing to do, and in my experience it is very easy to take control of your spending once you start tracking it. I used to do this when I was married, we lived on only one small salary (mine) and had to be careful. Back then I also used to do meal planning. This was 16 years ago, I earn a lot more money now and I’m single so life is a lot easier, but I think it is time to start this again (both tracking expenses and meal planning), one of the main expenses for me is food.

  • #177910

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    pkilman: I get a Starbucks gift card every year in my Christmas stocking for a relatively modest amount. When it’s gone, it’s over til next year.

  • #177913
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Fresh flowers, absolutely justified. This always gives a big boost to my sense of well-being. I’m on such a pinched budget these days that my expenditures are mostly confined to food and household bare necessities, plus this one indulgence of flowers every week. Even then, it’s a frugal one… I buy from a vendor who puts all his flowers on sale for $1 a stem on Fridays. A mere $2 bought me 2 stems of elegant lilies with 2 large open flowers and 4 buds on each stem, so they will continue to open and last for a week.

  • #177914

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @Ella – The other beauty of fresh flowers is once they die they go in the bin and don’t clutter up your home. Justified.

  • #177916

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @Ann & pkilmain – It is nice to see someone clearly stating NO they can’t justify their last purchase. Being honest about unnecessary spending is at least one step toward NOT recluttering your home when you are trying to declutter it. The next step is clear – be more selective as to what we add to our households when it comes to items that are not consumable (eg food)or temporary (eg. fresh flowers). This is particularly so if we do not have the finances to back up our purchases.

  • #177921
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I bought a new computer keyboard. Absolutely necessary; I can’t do without the letter C. :)

  • #177928
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Well, I’m glad we’re justifying fresh flowers, because I bought myself some tulips today! I love them and they were the first batch I’ve seen in months, so I figured I didn’t care if they were justified or not.

    Also spent far too much money on electronics lately, which are going to take some time to justify themselves. I bought a digital audio recorder to use in class, and it will hopefully justify itself during the rest of courses.
    Then, when I saw the one-day-only sale flyer for the closest big box store, I broke down and bought the DVD player for my second tv. I have one in the living room for relaxing and watching movies on my bigger tv. I’ve been wanting one to go on my ancient, fat little tv by my treadmill. I have a bad of habit of putting off exercise because there’s nothing good on when I have time to work out. I figured a DVD player would fix that. So, off I went to buy the cheapest little player the store has, at today’s extra discounted price.
    Surprise, my fat little tv is so old, it’s not compatible with a DVD player! (It took me an hour of fiddling with assorted cords, digging out all the manuals, and doing an internet search for solutions to determine that.)
    Well phooey. So, I thought and debated – return the standard player and get a tiny portable player with a built in screen? Or buy a new flat screen in a small, but not microscopic size? I went back to the store (It’s only a block away, thankfully.) and looked at both. I found a regular one already on sale, which meant the one-day-sale would be added on. So, almost half off a small, regular flatscreen.
    I feel like I went a bit overboard out of frustration with trying to make the equipment compatible, but if I weigh less any time soon, it will be justified. For the moment – no, it’s not!

  • #177933
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    jbeany: my DBF and I have a joke between us, saying that we should have to exercise in order to power the TV set. (hee-hee: he likes TV more, I like my Unclutterer)

    I cannot justify my purchase of sugar today. Making cookies. Calories in. Ergh.

  • #177943
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I transferred all my journal papers to my Kindle when it turned up and have been reading them. It’s so nice to have something more portable and easy to read in comparison with my laptop. I’m thinking I will get the use out of it, justified :)

  • #178013
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Yesterday I was at a farmer’s market next door to the library so I stopped in there and found they had a large selection of books on sale. I got two hardbacks and a paperback for $5 and will leave them here for future renters. There is a decent collection here already, but I have read most previously (and a few are in language I don’t read!).

  • #178038
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    replaced the laptop that died last year! Ended up with a bigger one than I wanted–17″ and it seems HUGE! But since I have been trying to actually do WORK on my tiny little 10″ internet-surfing model I am completely relieved to have bought it. I was putting it off because of the expense, although I had had $$ put aside for it for months. Since it is mostly a work tool, highly justified.

    I also bought tulips. Fresh flowers are a joy.

  • #178132
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    Netleigh
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Can I justify the new skirt that arrived today? No, from a purely practical viewpoint I have enough clothes, but I liked it and will enjoy wearing it. So I don’t need every purchase to be justifiable, it’s likely that it will be the only summer skirt I buy this year and I may retire one, if any are tatty after the summer.

  • #178142
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    lucy1965
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Used up a gift card and replaced two tarot decks I gave away during the course of my first marriage — ex thought they were evil — and the 2010 edition of “Cooking for Two” from America’s Test Kitchen. Two cookbooks went out to make up for it: we’re never going to do artisan bread at home when there are so many good bakeries around, and the “Cooking for the Horde” days are pretty much behind us.

  • #178165
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    hi all, got a pair of skechers shape-ups on sale from amazon. i need to lose weight and i hope this will help me. hope it does not become another novelty item. btw, i am from the uk too. been doing a lot of shopping in the sales.
    bought some shirts for my hubby on sale from House of Fraser. lovely kenneth cole shirts, they look fantastic. he also got an ex display desktop computer from john lewis at a great price. i have been trying to mitigate the purchases by setting up my own blog of atleast a thing a day and making sure i get rid of the older items when i purchase new ones.

  • #178167
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Candy – yay for meal plans! As well as saving us stupid amounts of money, I’ve also found that my evenings are way less stressful when I know exactly what I’m cooking. I can also prep for the week’s meals on less busy evenings meaning on the busy ones I just have to heat stuff up.

    Yesterday I completed the meal plan and shopping lists for the next 6 weeks – plans are up on the fridge, shopping lists clipped into my diary. Whoop! :)

  • #178174
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    bandicoot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    i am on a road trip, 1700 km south of home and coincidentally at the closest IKEA to home.
    with an empty car.
    i did buy some stuff at IKEA yesterday but i took many things out of my capacious trolley and put them back on the shelves.
    what is coming home with me?
    a big rug.
    six bent plywood stools to replace six disintegrating wicker stools that we use for dining chairs.
    a dish rack to replace ancient rusted dishrack.
    fabric drawer organisers for husband and self….. and not many.
    a tray of organic pear cider.
    3 glass jars for homemade sauces and pastes
    an over the door hook rack for the bathroom to replace broken plastic original hooks
    2 paper chinese lantern light shades to replace current grimy paper shades
    2 laminated paper trays for my workshop, to corrall bottles of pre-mixed oxides and clays

    today i was in the carpark of a huge mall and google maps died on my iphone.
    of course i thought i was going to die too.
    i deleted it, re downloaded it, jiggled settings, rebooted the entire phone…. freaked out for a whole hour and nada.
    i had appointments all over this large, busy city and i don’t know my way around at all.
    so i went back into the mall and bought a navman…. and i have had a great time with it all day. it has saved me humongous angst, utterly justified.

  • #178194
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    Mimi
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    bandicoot, LOL, i know those IKEA stories too well. be glad your closest IKEA is 1700km away from your home. “my” IKEA is 8km away, pure allurement, whispering: only candles… and table napkins… i used to end up with a car full of STUFF ;) (beautyfull stuff, indeed) i hope you´ll find your way home with the navman.

  • #178195

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Bandicoot: There was a good tip on TV last night about GPS. Apparently thieves here are stealing GPS out of cars AND garage door openers in smash-and-grab break-ins, and then using the “home address” feature in the GPS to find the house and use the opener to break in. They recommend NOT programming in your home address and rather using a nearby intersection. That is now how we would like to become uncluttered!

  • #178205
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    lucy1965
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @bandicoot Pear cider NOM NOM NOM! I think that’s a very controlled IKEA run, myself!

    I was at ours on Sunday and came away with a jar of lingonberry preserves and a set of the perfume bottles (gift for DSP’s 21st birthday: she’s entered the world of BPAL, heaven help her); DH and I ate at the restaurant, and then he waited for me with his Nook and a cup of hot tea while I took all the shortcuts straight to the bottles.

  • #178207
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    good going on the meal planning, sesberry! I would love to do meal planning, however my kids pretty much eat the same stuff every night anyway (pasta/noodles and only the veg changes…) and my dh is soooooo blooming unpredictable I would be more frustrated than if I didn’t plan I think. I just rang him (4pm) and asked if he’s home for dinner tonight. ‘Maybe’ he said. Grrr. So as long as I keep a good stash of food around the house I can decide what we’re eating a few hours in advance and try to work around my family.
    Uncluttered: a big project for uni. 2 more biguns due next week, I’m stressed out! I did chuck some random stuff the last few days: some holey socks (now I have to buy some new ones) and a few other bits I forget, but at least ATAD.

  • #178210
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    oops, you can tell I’ve had a lonnnggg day, thought this was the ATAD thread!
    OK, I bought some apps for my ipod in a quest to help my organisation. A countdown timer because sometimes I think I need that and who knows where on earth my kitchen timer has disappeared to? But I don’t lose my ipod. And a notes/ideas type app which looks pretty good. And a background sound app to help me concentrate at uni in the postgrad computer room, it gets noisy so I need something to block it out. I used it today with some success. They were all cheap or free so if I find I don’t use them I’ll just delete them.

  • #178223
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    1. Spare battery for my new camera. Needed and a planned purchase.
    2. A spray that reduces irritation after waxing/epilating. Not strictly necessary, but I prefer minimizing the post-epilatory suffering of my legs.
    3. 2 tunic tops and one pair of leggings. Totally unnecessary (I have more than enough clothes), but have decided to make leggings and tunics my new dance “uniform”, and I only had one of each. I suppose it’s my vanity that demands variety, but hey, we all need a vice :P

  • #178238
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Ha! Sweden is slowly, sneakily and surely conquering the world through Ikea! ;)

    Since I live in Stockholm, Sweden, I obviously have not less than 2 Ikea stores nearby. Fortunately I don’t have a car. I actually have very little Ikea furniture but I’m a sucker for the candles and the paper napkins. I used to have a car when I lived outside the city center. When I moved into this apartment in the middle of the city I discovered that I had no less than 14 unopened packages of napkins. Gah!

    Last purchase: an iPod app. Not really justified but fun.

  • #178266
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    Astreja
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    It took me a while to remember what my last purchase was. The contenders:

    - Flannel sheets for the master bedroom (very nice in cold weather, they were on sale, and I had wanted a set for quite a while.)

    - An unpolished emerald! Eminently worth the $3.50 I paid for it, and it inspired me to wash my entire rock collection, which had gotten extremely dusty sitting in a huge open bowl on my desk. I also found a much smaller bowl elsewhere in the house, and gave away 3/4 of the rock collection plus the original bowl.

    - New pants for work. Definitely justifiable, as two other pairs had just worn out.

  • #178333
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    a couple of books about ADD, I think I need some strategies in my life right now.
    a Kindle book for ds1, which I regretted after he stayed up too late reading it and then climbed into bed with me and woke me up, crying because the story was such a sad one. I deliberately didn’t download that particular one because I knew it was sad, but then he downloaded it when I asked him to choose another one. I did try to point him towards the funny one by the same author…
    a family calendar, I need a method of organising information about my dh, I’m so sick of finding out that day that he’ll be home late or that he’ll be away half the weekend. I keep telling my dh that if it’s not in my diary I’m oblivious to what he’s just told me, but he doesn’t believe me!

  • #178336
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    lottielot: 2 things that made my life with 5 kids easier:
    different colored pen/pencil for each child’s activities/apptmts etc on the calendar. as soon as you get any kind of calendar or schedule from kids school- write it down on your calendar. with 5 kids it was utterly necessary and saved me alot of grief. The next thing I did was attatch a transparent file holder to the wall right next to the calendar. each child had a folder the same color of the ink on the calendar. their school papers went in there immediately, culled out ever couple weeks or so.So easy to see at a glance who/what was going on each day.
    maybe you could get the hub to participate with this as well. you may have to ask him every day when he comes home, but well worth it in the end. for your end peace of mind.

  • #178365
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    Netleigh
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @lottielot,
    looks like you need something like the o2 joggler, I wished it had been available to synchronise family diaries automatically before I became an empty-nester.

  • #178368
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    Netleigh
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Knee high boots, fitted by calf size from Duo!

    Thanks Charity for the advice where to find them, I went there last Saturday to be fitted. They’ve arrived through the post and I’ll try them on tonight!

    Totally justified, this is the first pair of knee high boots I’ve had in my adult life, and I’m 50 now. They said my calves aren’t really big just a cm wider than the normal boot width.

  • #178390
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    irishbell: wow, with 5 kids you must have needed a lot of organisation! I’m actually usually pretty good at organising my kids, I came up with a good system for school notes which is similar but working well, and there are only 2 of them. I try and throw out every school note/activity note as quickly as I can, so I put all the dates or times in my diary as soon as the info comes in the door. My diary is my brain right now, I check and recheck it all the time so I know what’s what and so I know whether I need to book holiday clubs or a babysitter or a friend is coming for tea or whatever. It’s my damn dh, his schedule is unpredictable, seems to change all the time and he hates communicating! And when he’s not home till late 3 or 4 nights a week then I barely get to talk to him anyway. So I will force him to update this calendar!

    drawing app for my ipod, it’s pretty cool and will be great for those ‘I’m bored’ times when out or for on holiday to use together. My one rule of parenting (which I always forget) is: always bring pens and paper for when you’re waiting to eat somewhere or are somewhere where they need to sit down and be fairly quiet. This app will obviate that necessity :)

  • #178393
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    Charity
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    netleigh, glad I could help.
    Lottie, I feel your pain. My DH has been told a million times that if it is not in my diary it doesn’t exist, but still he forgets. He nags me to use Google Calender instead and synchronise with him, but I’m wedded to paper still.

    I bought DD a new school (uniform) coat. £55!! But her old one is size 3-4 and she turns 6 in a few weeks – she’s small so can still do it up but she has a big head and can’t get the hood up properly. So yes, justified. I sewed in a name tag just now, so the old one is probably going for recycling – it was second hand and is really not sellable now. I guess I could keep it for DS as it is navy. Hmmm.

  • #178419
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Charity, at that price for a new one I’d save it. He’s not old enough to care it was hers first, right?

    I bought a new camera card reader today – universal this time – as mine died the other day and universal since DH’s camera takes a different card than mine. A funny thing happened the other day – my card was in the camera and as I went to review my last few photos, everything on the card had been erased. Weird. I had downloaded 95 o/o fortunately. I tried taking some random shots and it deleted them too! Apparently it’s the card – an 8gb one wouldn’t you know – as I put in another and it seems to be working fine. Making me keep current with downloading though….

  • #178441
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    Charity
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    hmm, they go to single-sex schools so he’ll need a different one anyway. I think I will trim the frayed cuffs and then re-evaluate it.

  • #178512
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    wow, £55! That’s an expensive coat for a 5 year old! I eke every second’s wear out of uniforms, my kids look like urchins most of the time but they get trashed so quickly that otherwise I would spend a fortune replacing things. White shirts are the exception though, when they cost £1 each on sale then it’s probably cheaper to chuck it out than to get gravy stains out…
    I’m loving my new Kindle, am so glad I bought it as I’ve been able to read all my journal articles on it. I took the train to uni the other day and it fit into my bag fine, I read at the station, on the train, at the next station, on the train and then the same in reverse. Really handy, though I need to work out how to arrange the articles in folders as they don’t seem to have kept the structure I set up for them on the laptop.

  • #178526
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    just ordered some Crocs online, justified, probably not, but I miss my black flipflops and you can’t get them in the store here. My old ones died on a long walk in Provence a year and a half ago, and the stores only have ugly coloured sporty ones, and I wanted all black. Has been bugging me, actively bugging me, since then. Just had the idea last night when the cat walked over my head at 4 a.m. and woke me up, that I could order them online. Et voila! I think she jogged some of my brain cells.

  • #178558

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    i am going to do chinese take out – may be unjustified – but will be yummy

  • #178570
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    pkilmain
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I made 3 purchases. Bought some fresh veggies at a farmr’s market – justifirped. Bought some ice cream – maybe not justified, but consumable and yummy. Bought some Hawaiian fabrid, 2 patterns, and a small carved wooden turtle. I’m counting them justified. The fabric will become a tote bag, and all of it will be a small reminder of my trip.

  • #178581
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I bought a registration for a 10k race at the end of February. Totally justified! I ran a 10k last year and loved it, but somehow haven’t got around to doing any more since. Really looking forward to this one.

  • #178586
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    Charity
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @Lottie, I know, it’s outrageous! Her dresses are £25 each too. It’s because it’s a private school with a traditional uniform – checked pinafore dresses over blouses with frilly sleeves. Cute, but not cheap or practical. At least they don’t have hats.

  • #178587
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    oof, Charity, must cost as much as the fees! Don’t they do secondhand stuff?
    Big purchase here: bought a new bed and mattress, definitely justified as I chucked my ratty old bed out a couple of months ago. The shop rang me and said I could save £60 if I bought it today, which was the nudge I needed. Now I need to sort out the flooring in the bedroom before it’s delivered in a few weeks time so that I can have the room finished to my satisfaction and not have to move heavy furniture around in getting the floor sorted.

  • #178608
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    Charity
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    We don’t pay the fees – no grandchild of MIL’s could possibly go to a state school! We’re in London and didn’t get a place at local primary anyway as we live more than 300m away. Yes, I do get stuff second hand but the sale is only once a term and I missed it this time – DD grew more quickly than I expected, I was hoping the coat would last till Easter.

  • #178619
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    New shoes — Merrill Jungle Mocs, replacing a six-year-old pair of Merrill Terras that couldn’t be mended by the cobbler. I’m in mourning: I wore those all over Glasgow and London and tromping through the Chilterns with my friends. Justified — as I only had one other pair of shoes and they don’t work with thick hiking socks — but I’m sad about it.

  • #178622
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    oh I see, Charity! Well, your MIL should really cough up for the uniform too I think, would be better than all the tat she’s forever giving you!
    lucy: I know what you mean about mourning old shoes, when you’ve had them for years and they were comfy you feel bad replacing them :)
    3 tickets to a science fun day in London, totally justified as they are always a blast (often literally, lots of explosions!), my dh is away for the weekend and we’re going to have a lovely time. I just realised I need a new family railcard to get us there, will sort it out now while I’m on the internet. Justified as it saves the price of the railcard in a few trips.

  • #178623
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    ooh, googled for a discount code and found one, saved myself £7 in the process, even more justified!

  • #178632
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    Brandilynn
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    The last thing I bought was a £2 bus ticket after I missed my stop, had a panic attack, and couldn’t figure out where I was.. I’m sure it was justified (how else would I have gotten home??) but I haven’t let the house since.. hrm. Well, no, I left the house to go to the gp but I already pre-paid for prescriptions so I didn’t pay anything for the meds he gave me!

  • #178642
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Charity: do all the girls at DD’s school have to wear exactly the same style of pinafore and blouse? Or do they get to select from several options?

    I went to public school, but I know that here a lot of private schools allow their students a variety of choices in their uniforms. Imo, uniforms are a good idea, but I enjoy having a bit of free choice in what I wear.

  • #178665
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    SunshineR: private schools here are usually really strict about uniform requirements, even our state schools have compulsory uniform though they’re slightly more relaxed about it. I went to school in Australia and we had school uniforms there too, I didn’t mind wearing it but I used to always wear rebellious red tights and get told off for it! My favourite uniform was when I was in the 6th form (end of school) here in England and the girls’ requirement was a dark skirt or trousers, white shirt and grey jumper, I loved that uniform as you could individualise it without having to think what to wear every day. The boys had to wear suits though, which seemed hugely unfair!
    Kindle book, the War of Art. I’m really enjoying it so far: quite inspirational in terms of battling procrastination!

  • #178667
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    Charity
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Same style, but after the first 3 years (age 7-8 upwards) they have a skirt instead of a dress for winter. There are two styles of summer dress, with and without a belt. They are even strict about hair accessories! They sell alice bands and scrunchies in the same fabric as the summer and winter dresses, and any hairbands, ribbons and clips must be blue.

    I used to have the same kind of stuff at my state school; even the girls had to wear ties from age 5-16. Crazy. Nowadays state schools tend to allow trousers for girls, with polo t-shirts rather than shirts, and sweatshirts rather than formal v-necks or even blazers. Far more practical.

  • #178673
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    positively frivilous: Wii zumba! lol. I have to be looking mother of the bride skinny in 26 1/2 weeks…….

  • #178674
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Good for you Irish — You can do it! We bought a elliptical machine in December. One of the best purchases we ever made.

  • #178677
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Oh dear.
    Excluding food, my last purchase(s) was a suit jacket, a new shirt and a ring.
    The suit jacket was for a job interview (waiting on the result but not hugely optimistic as there were 4 other candidates). Needed it as I’d dieted out of my old one, which looked huge on me!

    The shirt… I didn’t need as I already have other shirts that would have been suitable…

    The ring… Also didn’t need but it caught my eye and was only £2.50 in the sale.

  • #178681
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    irishbell
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    thanks JuliaJayne. Our treadmill is also key.
    The week before my Mom’s death the end of November I found a podcast called couch to 5K in 8 weeks. I had completed the first week before things went to hell and I stopped. I did however,lose over 10 during that time and it hasn’t come back, so I figure that was my kickstart and I better not waste it! zumba WILL be fun. My daughters have done it before and they loved it.

  • #178683
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Zumba does look fun. I would have been happy with that, but there are 2 males in the house also who fell differently, so the elliptical was the best solution for us.

  • #178691
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Ran out of the gym and into lululemon in between step aerobics and yoga this weekend to buy a pair of workout shorts, as the ones I was wearing at the time were falling off of me and having to pull them up every 2 minutes was getting ridiculous. I’d love to say the wardrobe malfunction was due to weight loss alone, but the truth is, I’ve had those shorts for years and they’re probably just stretched out from wear.

    Anyway, I love my new ones (they’re cute, they’re great quality, and they STAY UP!), and I can think of 3 other old pairs I’ll now be able to toss, so fully justified.

  • #178704
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @Anita A lululemon shop just opened in my neighborhood; most of my classmates are dropping astonishing amounts of money in there, so I salute your self-control!

    Co-pay at the doctor’s, then a stop at the office supplies store to restock (label-maker tape, lubrication sheets for the shredder, padded mailing envelopes and batteries for my reading light). I’m trying not to bring disposables into the house, so I bought a low-end Parker refillable for myself (the guys both have Fisher Space Pens, but they aren’t comfortable for me) and will release most of the cheap ones into the wild — namely, the green general store down the street, where pens always seem to stroll off with people.

  • #178709
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @lucy — I’m on a budget, so lululemon’s prices do a very good job of tempering my enthusiasm. They have good quality stuff, but I try to only buy things on sale (which often means I don’t get the colours I like most, but then again, it’s gym wear!), or when absolutely necessary (e.g. imminent pantlessness).

    A while ago I was debating whether to buy a pass for an upcoming salsa festival, for which the price of pass+hotel+transportation added up to almost $1000. I bit the bullet and bought a partial pass (2 days out of 4) for $150, and a friend of mine offered to drive down and put me up for 3 nights. So after sharing gas and food costs, I’ll probably still save over $700. Hooray!

  • #178724
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Ooooo, have tons of fun Anita! Sounds like a blast!

    The only thing extra I purchased within the last week was a countryside magazine subscription. It’ll be my only subscription and justified from all the fun I get out of reading those. I already read all the back issues that I could get my paws on and have been thinking about it for months.. finally caved in lol.

  • #178752
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Charity and lottielot: Thanks for the info on school uniforms…and good luck on paying for them. It does make the choice of what to wear on school days easy. And maybe it is less expensive than what I am familiar with.

    My last purchase: 2 cans of Pepsi regular…bad, bad, bad.

  • #178773
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I have been buying books; I started reading a new-to-me series and there were 5 not at the local library. I bought 2 so far, and will probably buy the other missing ones as I find them.

    And I bought a gym bag to replace the one with the worn-out zipper; I’ve been sharing w/my boyfriend and our son for months and it SUCKS and it makes me less likely to go to the gym. So new bag for me.

    And some books for a March birthday, because I was out book shopping & saw them super cheap.

  • #178788
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Last book in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. It took me 4 or 5 tries to get past the first hundred pages of the first one. Then it picked up and I finished in two days. Had the second with me (on loan from a friend) and I devoured that in two days as well. I just bought the last for my iPad/kindle with my amazon gc that DH got me for my birthday. Can’t wait to start, bit I’m making myself wait til tomorrow.

  • #178791
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    our cats are free range cats, but with this cyclone bearing down on us, they have suddenly become indoor cats.
    my husband bought a couple bags of cat litter for the 24 hours they will be incarcerated with us.
    absolutely justified!

  • #178804
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    Mimi
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    - a huge piece of wonderful cloth. it´s going to be a counterpan and it will replace the older one.

    - 3 ceiling lamps. they will replace the older ones.

    no clutter added- justified!

  • #178816

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    pkilmain: This is the one series I can truly say that the movies were even better than the books (which I liked very much.)

    I’ve bought a magazine the last two weeks we’ve been grocery shopping — a Vegetarian Times and Clean Eating. Need to stop doing this. For what you get they are too expensive.

  • #178872
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    bandicoot: I’m not a cat person, but it sounds like you might have some extra cleaning to do after you ride out the storm…have the cats been through that kind of weather before?

  • #178930
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    seeds for my allotment, yum! Beans, carrots, sweetcorn, tomatoes etc, will get cracking on the early stuff when they turn up. Justified, but now I have to buy some seed potatoes, and I’m thinking about an apple tree…

  • #178943
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    may i just say, zumba rocks…(my latest purchase)

  • #178971
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Lottie, that sounds excellent! I forgot to say I got Egyptian Walking Onion starts! They are in some sand in the pantry til it thaws outside. How much potato do you grow? The last few years I’ve just used sprouty potatos from my cupboard, but i don’t have a lot of space.

    I am putting off ordering seeds until February because I can’t plant til April anyway. But I have been testing some seeds from weird places – I used buckwheat as a cover crop, and I discovered the whole buckwheat groats from the coop sprout just fine. Now i have a little bowl of soybeans soaking, to test those.

  • #179010
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My drawing class is still going strong, and I’m starting to suck a little less at it. So toway I went to an arts supply store, this time with a clear idea of what I want, and got kraft paper (which, I’ve discovered, is my favourite thing to draw on so far) and about 7 sticks of conté (black, white, and various shades of brown) to experiment with. I think I went a little crazy with the conté, but I’m proud of myself for resisting the urge to buy a sketch pad and more pencils, so there’s that…

  • #179023
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    oooh, the siren call of art shops! Yay for Anita on sucking less at drawing :)
    rosa: I try and plant about 2 small bags of seed potatoes, I only grow earlies. Maincrops are too much effort for me to bother and take up lots of space in summer and we have quite sandy dry soil, so you need to water them to get a decent crop over the summer. Earlies are good though, chuck them in when you feel like it, dig them up a couple of months later when you feel like eating them, my sort of gardening! I find some varieties are nicer than others, I like Arran Pilot and Red Duke of York though not sure if you’d have the same varieties. I’ve started digging the plot over and clearing it ready for spring, since our weather is mild the weeds grow all year round. Most stuff is planted in April but some early things can go in in March. I forgot to plant broad beans last autumn so will do it early, I have purple sprouting just starting (yumyumyum) and red kale still going and perpetual spinach. Next week I will investigate the apple tree, I looked at a nursery last autumn and they can order in different varieties so need to pick a nice one.
    Bought some compost to be delivered by the milkman so I can start seeds of various things in the propagator.

  • #179072
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Wow, that all sounds awesome, Lottie. We do get different potato varieties – the two I usually buy to eat (Yukon Gold and Kennebec) are 2 of the 3 they sell at our garden store, so I stick with those.

    Our snow won’t even melt until March. April if we’re unlucky. Sometimes it snows on May Day (but it doesn’t stick) I’m jealous of your growing season & how much space you have!

  • #179184

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Food tends to be my primary purchase item these days and I can justify that. Toiletries and cleaning items also justified. Aside from that this week I picked up a painting that I had gotten framed and also bought the hardware to hang it. It has been awaiting to be framed for about five years but even so it isn’t something we really need so not justified. I also bought a pair of shorts for my son. He gets good use out of this clothes and has very few pairs of shorts to I would also give this a justified rating.

  • #179191
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @ 365lessthings: I think your painting is justified if you love it. :)

    Artwork on the walls is very important to me. I recently took down a piece of artwork (I use that term loosely) because I hated the frame and the print. I don’t have anything to replace it right now, but I look at that spot daily trying to figure out what I want to put in that spot. I will have to purchase something, but that’s is one of the pleasures of life for me.

  • #179199
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    Charity
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Kids went to the dentist this morning. It’s free on the NHS but as DD proved phobic we now go to a private children’s place with all female staff, no masks, pink furniture etc. Costs a fortune but obviously justified. Today they recieved toothbrushes and floss-picks each, useful, but also crappy toys as rewards – a purple sticky hand that I will bin ASAP, it’s already filthy, and a necklace for DD. I did manage to bin the plastic eggs right away.

    We’re going to a costume party on Friday, school fund-raising film-themed quiz night thing, and our team is Austin Powers. Really not my thing. I just ordered costumes online and will ebay next week! It was cheaper to buy than rent. Got wigs as well, but those can go into kids dressing up box and will make them happy.

  • #179233
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Spent a hefty little sum to repair my great-grandmother’s anniversary clock. It’s now shiny and ticking and the pendulum is busily spinning away. I’ve had it on display since I inherited it from my mother, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it working, even as a kid. It’s now beautiful AND useful, so totally justified!

  • #179237

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Pro-Mix – a pretty penny but recommended by a professional grower of “exotic” trees. Now for the extra large planters for my “exotic” trees. I hope they grow!!! My grandfather was the one with the green thumb. Can it be learned???

  • #179253
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    vjb
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @jbeany, how wonderful about the clock! :)

    I think I can justify my last purchase, though I’m a bit on the fence about it. I bought a Speedo swimsuit and pair of goggles. I have been meaning to get swim coaching for the last few years, and haven’t done anything about it (I can swim fine, but doing laps is a slow, splashy, inefficient process, and I’d love to add laps to my “fun exercise” arsenal). So the swimmers and goggles are the first step. Now I just have to do the coaching!

  • #179325

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Coffee with friends – always justified as I can afford it and it doesn’t add any clutter to my home. Win Win!

  • #179340

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Placed by 1st Amazon order of the new year :) Got:
    (1) An octopus USB hub, part of my effort this cycle to declutter the desktop (my scanner and headphones plugged into the front of the computer because I ran out of jacks in the back.)
    (2) A Bollywood exercise video — looks like fun and not too difficult. It came with a free download to my computer, so I might use the warmup tomorrow as a start to our weekly staff meeting — think they will find it fun. Or maybe not . . .
    (3) A pair of Jade earrings, on sale, that match the Jade necklace the MIL passed onto me for Christmas. Think it will be my Valentines prez from DH (in lieu of the roses which make me sneeze or the candy which makes me fat, his usual two options . . .)

    Justified? Probably not, but will make me happy, fitter and better organized.

  • #179341
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @n2ch Learning how to grow things can absolutely be learned! I did, and I’m on a high desert plain with alkaline soil and less than 19 inches of annual rainfall — I’m sure you will be wonderful at it!

    Most recent purchase: DH’s Valentine’s Day present, which just arrived and has been stashed in the built-in bench in the entryway. I am ridiculously excited over it, as I know he’ll love it — he’s a violinist, and this includes the complete annotated orchestral score! — AND I used up my last gift card, so he’ll think it’s just another book if he looks at the checking balance.

  • #179352
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Rosa: I always used to want to live somewhere really snowy, but after a couple of spells of snow here in the last few years, I changed my mind! The last week or so it’s just started warming up, I spotted the first daffodils yesterday :) We still get frosts till about April, but hardy stuff can survive that easily.
    Today I bought: a wind up toy for ds2, he paid for it though. It is quite cute, and unique because I’ve never seen anything similar anywhere else, plus it has COGS (ds2 loves cogs). He’s played with it all day, justified in my book. I also bought a children’s guide to the National Gallery. I took ds2 there today but he wasn’t massively interested, being tired and ready to go home. So using my psychological knowledge I am going to use the mere exposure principle to make both boys recognise good art when they see it, then eventually when I take them back to the National Gallery they will be very appreciative. That’s the theory :) If not, it’s a nice book that I will enjoy reading to them.
    Also bought: new passport for ds2, justified but really expensive!

  • #179353
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Lottielot, thank you — our passports need renewing, and I’d forgotten about it completely. *looks at bank balance, makes unhappy noise*

  • #179358
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    2 pairs of dance shoes. Sigh.

    One pair is justified — I had gone shopping with the specific goal of replacing one pair of dance shoes.

    The second pair was too pretty (and comfortable) to pass up. Entirely unjustified impulse purchase, and I’d be lying if I said I regret it :P

    … but I am banning myself from buying any more dance shoes this year.

  • #179363
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Must be that time of year: just renewed my passport (so sad that I haven’t travelled o/s for over 10 years). $248 AUD – ouch, but totally justified, as I’m booking my trip to Sweden this week. Yahoo!!

  • #179364
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

  • #179375

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    lazycow: yikes! Our passport renewal (also good for 10 years) is only $110 USD — less than 1/2 the cost of yours.

  • #179376
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    bandicoot
    Member

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    nz passport….valid for only FIVE years now….cost AUD$153.00.

  • #179378

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    That must be why there were so many Aussies in London when I lived there — spent all their money on the passport and couldn’t afford a ticket home.

  • #179426
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    lol, must be it! My ds2′s Aussie passport cost me £75, and that was a 5 year one. I think they must have put up the prices in the last few years. And my passport runs out next year too… The British passports are only about £75 for a 10 year adult one and £50 for a child’s 5 year one, so the Aussies are taking the mickey! I don’t have a British passport yet for the simple reason that it’s going to cost me about £1000 to jump through all the admin hoops to get citizenship (and I have to take a bloody TEST when I’ve lived here 19 years!). I should really bite the bullet sometime though, maybe they might change all the laws and throw me out of the country and I will be forever estranged from my family…

  • #179427
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Oh, ds2 really enjoyed the book BTW, it was justified!

  • #179437
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    JuliaJayne
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I went to 3 stores that sell quilting fabric and supplies. I bought only what I planned to buy and nothing else. No fabrics. I am awesome ;)

  • #179447
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    pkilmain
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Oh so good JJ! I own way too much quilting fabric. I have put a moratorium on purchasing fabric, though in Hawaii I did buy some to make a shirt for DH and to make a bag for me. Oh, and some that I brought home for the members of my quilting group (there’s 9 of us), but that’s not adding to my clutter. :)

  • #179455
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    JuliaJayne
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @ pkilmain – Did you make the shirt and the bag or shouldn’t I ask ;)

    I was given a flyer for a 3 day shop hop in March when I was checking out at the quilt shop. Eight shops are participating. Do you know how much trouble I could get into going to something like that? As tempting as it is, I don’t think I will go.

    I think it would be fun to have a big stash, but at the same time, it would drive me crazy.

  • #179457
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    SunshineR
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @pkilmain and JuliaJayne: ooh, fabrics from Hawaii! Oh, the bright colors! I’d love to hear more about your sewing projects.

    I have a quilt, not sure who gave it to my mom. I found it in her cedar chest after she passed away in 1991. A friend says it is an Amish friendship quilt (yes, I live in Pennsylvania)… Surprisingly bright colors for Amish, but I have not done any research yet. I want to hang it in my office/guest room, rather than sit on it or fold it or sell it.

  • #179458

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I bought a small pot of tulips at the grocery store yesterday — less than $4 — and they brighten up the guestroom. When they wilt I will plant the bulbs, but tulips don’t do well here unless we dig them up and put them in the fridge over the summer, which is way too much trouble. Still, a few I[ve bought over the years do pop up occasionally to light up the spring.

  • #179460
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    SunshineR – great idea to hang the quilt, but it needs to be done so that it doesn’t stretch out of shape – well supported all the way across. Many quilts have sleeves on the back to hold a wooden rod for hanging. You could probably have one added to your quilt.

  • #179461
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @SunshineR – I think hanging the quilt is a great idea.

    @ susanintexas – fresh flowers are always justified in my book!

    Edited to add…

    SunshineR – I’d love to talk about my projects, but is it appropriate on this forum?

  • #179462
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Thanks for the quilt info, pkilmain and JuliaJayne.
    I won’t hijack the thread again.

  • #179465
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I don’t mind thread hijacks, I’m just not sure how others feel about it.

    This is my current project, except I’m using red fabrics. I start cutting tomorrow.
    http://www.maryquilts.com/16-patch-and-pinwheels/

    Oh, and I don’t regret buying any of the fabrics or the tools to help make the project easier. There, still on topic ;)

  • #179470
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    SunshineR
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    JuliaJayne: that’s a beautiful project, imo! Enjoy!

  • #179486
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    JuliaJayne
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    SunshineR, I’ll try to post a photo when I finish. To me, project supplies that are to be used up in a project become clutter if the project doesn’t get completed in a reasonable amount of time.

  • #179488
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    bandicoot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    JJ, that is a beautiful quilt!
    and i for one, ADORE thread hijacks.
    it makes for good conversation, no?

  • #179492
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    JuliaJayne
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I like thread drift too, bandicoot, it makes for a more interesting forum. My post was mostly for me because as soon as I read that SunshineR wanted to hear about my projects I got excited. lol. I look for an appropriate folder, so we could take about our projects, but there isn’t any place to put that stuff. I could go on and on about my planned quilt projects if allowed.

  • #179498
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    djk
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I don’t mind threads getting off topic either. However, my post is on topic: today I bought a running fleece for me, and a running jacket and t-shirt for DH, which I will give him on Valentine’s day. We usually don’t do anything very special on that day except a nice dinner and flowers but I want to encourage him to continue to run with me. We both are dreadfully out of condition and overweight and we have been doing couch to 5K since Christmas (the Robert Ullrey one; I think Pkilmain also used those podcasts) and it is thrilling to have him offer to join me in my training. So I feel these purchases are well justified!

  • #179507
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    A while ago I posted on this thread that I’d bought an Oilatum face cream on ebay, and would have to wait and see whether it’s justified, depending on how well it worked.

    I got it yesterday, and I can’t stop raving about it. My skin no longer gets dry, even walking to work this morning in -20C weather with the wind in my face! Entirely justified, especially since I got it JUST as I was running out of my previous moisturizer, so no added clutter in my medicine cabinet. Hooray!

    No new purchases since my dance shoes on Saturday, so nothing else to report.

  • #179509
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    lucy1965
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My Lush order has just arrived.

    Good: we were all running out of our solid shampoo bars, so yay for clean hair! And all of the packaging is either recyclable/compostable.

    Bad: the order’s short two bars of Coalface, grrrrrr. I have called Customer Service and they’re coming 2nd-day air.

  • #179522
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    Charity
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Found out today that DD (5) has to dress up as a teddy bear next Friday for school bookweek. Aaargh. no time or inclination to make something so for £6.50 she is getting a hat and nose from Amazon, to wear with her existing brown vest, cardi, tights and skirt (luckily we like brown!). I was thinking anyway that we need more gender-neutral dressing up clothes as DS (3) is getting a bit more reluctant to wear the fairy and princess stuff nowadays!

  • #179529
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    pkilmain
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    LOL, Charity! Boys do start acting like boys don’t they!

    JJ – hi-jack away, esp about quilts. Love them, and in fact spent today with my quilting friends (an informal group of 9) and they all brought projects they had made while I was away to show me. And they loved the fabric I brought them from Hawail.

    Today’s only purchases: latte after blood draw, and pizza for lunch. Both needed!

  • #179531
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Yearly dog license for pet. Necessary and overdue.
    Groceries for supper. Necessary.
    Caramel pecan turtle chocolates. A small Valentine’s treat (cheap brand which shall not be named).
    Extra pounds around my middle are to be uncluttered at a later date. ;/
    Jealous of aforementioned poster who mentioned pizza (fortunately I have one in the freezer, hmmm…could be tomorrow’s lunch).

  • #179549
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    Charity
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Daffodils and Heat magazine to cheer me up. Desserts for school parents association party tomorrow night. Gift for DD’s friend (another flipping birthday party). Gifts and card for “oddson”‘s first birthday next week. “I am 4″ card for nephew.

  • #179586
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    A new cordless phone – needed for both our jobs, the old one was making audible fuzziness on conference calls, we use it for work conference calls about 6 hours a week between us. Had a spare in the basement but it didn’t have a headset jack in it, and the headset w/mute is a must for shared office space.

    A radio/CD player/clock – old one died, finally lost it’s last function (radio) a few weeks ago.

    Bandaids – not 100% necessary but we’ll use them up, didn’t have any on hand.

    Guafinesin, cough drops, amoxicyllin – we’ve all had the death flu this week, kiddo’s eardrum perforated yesterday afternoon :(

    Strawberry flavored milk, strawberry-banana-pineapple juice, spaghettios – kiddo’s lost weight due to illness, won’t eat because nothing tastes good :(

    Chocolate mint hearts – remembered today about peanut allergy classmate, had to pull all the peanut m&ms and snickers from valentines & replace. (now we get to eat the peanut things, not so bad after all)

    We managed not to come home with Bakugan, Hot Wheels, books, SillyBandz, or anything else off the list despite the excessively pitiful state of the child asking for them.

  • #179591
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @Rosa: get-well soon to your family…also Pedialyte/popsicles for the kiddo? :)
    and I smiled at the peanut m&m and snickers sentence.

    Bought a small bags of Snickers minis several days ago. Tasty but bad.
    Ticket to a home cooking demonstration, upcoming in several weeks. Sounds fun.

  • #179596

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My girlfriend said puppies know how to pull your heartstrings. I think all children do! Excessively pitiful state of child asking for things is tough on the feelings. Poor baby . . .

    Digital scale and supplies in preparation to start food plan to declutter some fat, cute as it may be in some cultures.

  • #179636
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    Rosa
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Thanks, you guys. He’s living on kefir/mango puree drink, which he likes better than the pedialyte and it stops the antibiotics from upsetting his tummy. But he’s underweight to start with, so we worry whenever he drops any weight.

    I at least feel a lot better today. I think my partner’s going to be sick forever because he won’t take a day off to rest.

  • #179658
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    lucy1965
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Coffee (and a cupcake for her daughter) with a neighbor who’s been watching the news from Egypt and is beside herself with joy: absolutely justified! :-)

    (Technology has its awesome moments: we were watching the al-Jazeera live feed on her smartphone in the coffee shop, and a dear friend who taught in Cairo for years is making celebratory drunk posts in Arabic — from Krung Thep! — to her FB account.)

  • #179669
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Rosa: I’m glad to hear that you are feeling better. Take care.
    lucy1965: please send along my best wishes to your friend, and her friend, for safety and peace of mind.

    I didn’t buy anything today, but am carefully making my written shopping list with coupons for tomorrow. Planning menus and what to bake DBF for a Valentine’s Day dessert. I think we may go out for dinner tomorrow evening, possibly at a local restaurant owned by a friend. Haven’t been there for a little while.

  • #179694
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    Charity
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Kids had a trial of football (soccer) classes this morning, which they loved, so DH took them out to get kit. They came back with boots, socks, shin protectors, shorts and trousers! Each! I had mistakenly thought that regular trousers and trainers (sneakers) would be fine, as they are for DD’s playground-based school football club, but apparently I was wrong. I guess it must be justified though – exercise is good and of course I don’t want them to get hurt. Am not enjoying the muddy laundry though.

  • #179724
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    hmmm, when my ds1 played football at school the only special kit he really needed was shin guards to stop his shins from getting bruised, and he just wore his school PE stuff. I would get your dh to do all that extra laundry and stuff corralling since he bought it all :) What is it with men and kit? They do love a bit of kit!
    In: socks for myself and the kids, new pants for the kids and some new vests. They’re hilarious, they were so excited at getting TRUNKS instead of bog-standard underwear that they’ve been wearing only underwear for 2 days solid, they had a fashion parade wearing every item of new underwear, ds2 has started calling himself ‘Boxer Boy’ and running round boxing everyone in the house till we have to shout at him to stop, etc etc. Justified for the entertainment value alone :)
    For myself: a new linen shirt, my old ones are getting a bit past it and I like the colour. I really need some new trousers and a new jumper which isn’t too hot but couldn’t find anything I liked, so that will wait.

  • #179771
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    New jeans for kiddo, noticed he’s gotten too tall for both pairs he wore this weekend. As soon as I get those washed they’ll be gone.

    The amazing thing is that I spent all day today at the Mall of America and that’s what I bought. BF went into a big bookstore and didn’t buy anything, too (but that’s no change, he never buys)

  • #179785
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I recently purchased a blanket chest at a local estate auction. It was a very good purchase, because I was able to put a number of blankets and throws in there. That freed up space in my crowded closet. There will also be room for my comforter and some winter clothing.

    I am now considering a wood filing cabinet that the same auctioneer has in another auction. This may be a way for me to get a better deal since filing cabinets are so expensive. I will just set a limit on how much I am willing to pay. The filing cabinet will help me so much, because I have so much paper to deal with. I have the usual personal business files, but I also have art files and sentimental paper files. This will also help me limit how much I will keep. I have around 6 file boxes full of paper. If I have to cut it down to 4, that will help tremendously!

    I do not have a lot of furniture, so this is not causing clutter in that area. I believe it will actually eliminate a lot of visible clutter for which I have no place.

  • #179788
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    Charity
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Lottie, I’m told they need boots as the muddy fields are very slippery. I have no idea, we did (field) hockey at school but I did my best to avoid the ball, let alone any actual running!

    DD’s PE kit lives at school and she is a very girlie type who generally won’t wear trousers other than her beloved Hello Kitty leggings.

    But yes, DH did get caried away! £86, which is more than the classes. And that was in a discount shop.

  • #179789

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Bought a seed sprouter so that I can make my own bean sprouts. They only sell the mung beans in huge tubs now (both stores we use did away with the open bins) and we never get through the tub before the remainder turns to smelly slime. The $10 kit from Burpee comes with three seed packets (broccoli, mung and “zesty”) and I can’t wait until some are ready! Also bought a pack of six large paper lawn and leaf bags — we have the twice-annual curbside brush pickup this week and this is a new requirement for lawn waste. We compost most of our waste but there is always some stuff too small to sit naked on the curb and too woody to compost.

  • #179806
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    pkilmain
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Bought 3 new pair of earrings this morning – at half price $6 USD for all! And have weeded out all the loners, broken, etc. from my jewelry box.

  • #179817
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    vjb
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @susanintexas – do let us know how the bean sprouting goes! I’ve wondered about doing it myself, bc I love sprouts… And have the same problem with huge bags of them turning to slime in the fridge!

  • #179822
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    vjb
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I’ve sort of made a pre-emptive purchase. My housemate and his girlfriend are currently holidaying in America and offered to pick me up anything I wanted – so I’ve asked them to pop into REI and get me some new barefoot running shoes. My old pair was a little bit too small, and I have a 10k race coming up soon. And they cost $230 here in Oz vs $100 in the US! (Daylight robbery.) Totally justified.

  • #179824

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I’ve spouted beans before (somehow that doesn’t sound quite right) and it’s real easy. If I remember correctly, the trick is to sprout them in darkness otherwise they get too green.

    Returned the digital scale because it was defective and got another one – a reputable brand. Justified.

  • #179830

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    NTCH: the instructions are to sprout them in the fridge and only to bring them into the light if you want them to turn green. I think some are intended to be eaten green; others, like mung, fashionably pale. They also need to be watered and drained twice a day. And they take 5-7 days, which requires some planning for a stir-fry. Otherwise, the instructions are clear and it looks quite easy.

    Now I need a continuing source of seeds. I’m hoping they have them in the bins at the natural foods store. Otherwise, I can order more from Burpee for $3.95 per 1/4 lb. The Burpee HQ/outlet store is just a mile from where my brother lives in Pennsylvania, so I might turn him onto that project if I can’t find a local source.

  • #179840

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    susanintexas: Look for “mung beans” in the Asian section or at an Asian store. I think they will sprout; if not you can make mungo beans Filipino style or a dal Indian style. What do bean sprouts look like grown up? Maybe you could grow them and let them go to seed? Please post a picture if you do. I’d be curious to see them as adults.

    I think I sprouted them in damp paper towels.

  • #179876
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    lucy1965
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @vjb When a friend was visiting from Scotland last year, she asked me to take her to REI to replace a pair of worn-out Merrill clogs that would have been twice the price if she’d bought them at home, so I fully support your purchase!

    Yesterday: steaks, chocolate and flowers — all consumables. I also bought a nylon cooking spoon and an Oxo strainer as part of my short-term goal of “cooking more while spending less time cleaning up”: both are dishwasher-safe — my current wooden spoons and mesh spider aren’t.

    It was a struggle to buy them; I really needed permission from people here to say “My life has changed, and it is okay to let things go and let things that support my new goals come in.” So thanks to everyone who’s encouraged me!

  • #179879

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    NTCH: Never even thought of growing my own! The time for planting things like snow peas here is right now — green beans get planted in March, so I need to get on board. According to my quick research, they take 100 days to reach maturity and then have to be dried in the hulls, so I can probably have my own supply by May or June. I was going to check my Middle Eastern/South Asian grocery sometime this week. And it looks like I will be not too far from the only Asian market in San Antonio tomorrow morning (taking a friend to a medical appointment and it’s near her house) so will check that out as well. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • #179926
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @susan If there’s a health food store or Whole Paycheck near you, they often have bins of sprouting beans, or the employees can point you to someone local. Worth asking, maybe?

    I DIDN’T make a purchase yesterday, and I’m really proud of myself: a friend pointed me at a Fiestaware sale that was BOGOF, with free shipping, and she had a 20% off coupon code to boot. I realized that I didn’t need or want any of it, and closed the tab.

  • #179930
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    er, operator error here. sorry!

  • #179932
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    chacha1
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    The only two things I’ve tapped the checking account for this month, other than bills or groceries, were a zip bag for transporting girl stuff (my old one perished) and a box of Roger’s Chocolates from Canada. I also flogged the credit card to the tune of $1400 on Saturday for extensive maintenance on my 16-yr-old car.

    However, I am about to spend over a thousand totally discretionary dollars on a new bar cabinet. It will replace a cheap glassware cabinet, a wine rack, and open bar shelving, all of which drive me nuts with their dusty clutteriness.

    Claycat, the blanket chest sounds great and I am 100% in favor of getting yourself a proper file cabinet. I think it is better (simple, harmonious, and uncluttered) to have a single nice piece of furniture that solves a storage problem (and, coincidentally, sets storage limits), rather than an assortment of small storage solutions that may have accumulated randomly over time. As in the case of my bar cabinet. :-) You have paper; paper is best filed away; a file cabinet is the right tool. Hope you get it at the right price for you!

  • #179935
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    Charity
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I bought paper plates etc for DD’s birthday party next week, wrapping paper, and a present for pass the parcel game (a pink princess rubber duck and matching soaps). All going Out next week so it’s fine. The take home presents for the girls are sticker books, not plastic tat. Practice as I preach.

    Also bought DD a new t shirt and sweatshirt for PE. She has made it to size 5-6 now, just in time for her 6th birthday! Half term next week so I will sew in nametags and send the old ones into school for the second hand sale. Also got her some new school socks as she seems to have lost several pairs and is complaining about having to wear tights every day. Totally justified purchases, obviously. No net clutter increase.

  • #179940
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I bought a small hairbrush for my purse because my big one was in my purse more than in the bathroom.

    I also bought some hairspray in a small travel can. If I like it, I’ll get the bigger size next time.

    An expensive skin treatment body lotion. Winter is hell on my skin. The lotion better be as good as the company promises or I’m pitching a fit. lol

  • #179975
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    vjb
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Today I got an expensive Thomas Sabo pendant off layby. I pondered the purchase for five months (after uncluttering my jewellery – realised it would be good to have a long pendant to go with some of my tops), and it’s been on layby for a month. But I still have some buyer’s remorse. I don’t think this is justified. :(

  • #179980
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    Netleigh
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Totally unneccesary, but will give me pleasure, Angie Lewin, Plants and Places book.
    I did clear out 10 fiction books today, I got them into work and only one reached the book swap shelf as the book addicts got there first.

  • #179993
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    bandicoot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    i splurged insanely on a fabulous piece of art for the new room, which has only bare white walls at present.
    it is an antique suzani from iran covered in the most exquisite detailed brightly coloured silk embroidery.
    it was an unexpected thing to find in bali.
    i just barely restrained myself when i saw the kilims in the same shop.

  • #180011
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    chacha1
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    bandicoot, is it something like these? That IS gorgeous!

    http://www.yurdan.com/yrdn/browse.aspx?BC=YRDN_HomeDecor;HomeDecor_SuzaniEmbroidery

  • #180023
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Hmm…the last thing I bought (aside from food) was a few tubes of all-natural lip balm. Since it ends up in my mouth eventually, I thought I’d be better off with ones that don’t have a lot of chemicals. That’s my justification, at least ;-)

  • #180036

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Bought another magazine at the grocery store yesterday — need to break that habit! They are never as useful as I hope and I should probably go to the library once a week and flip through them there instead.

    Also ordered the immersion blender from Amazon — about $30 down from MSRP of $50, and I think it is something I will use often. Hot soup in the blender builds up steam and tends to explode, so you have to let it cool first — messy and time consuming.

    Had to take DH’s computer to the shop — he got a nasty virus that we couldn’t eliminate. They are going to back up the data, wipe the hard drive and reinstall the OS, all for $75. Wondering why McAfee didn’t screen it out. Fortunately, we had all the backup disks and I was able to find them!

    Also took the MIL’s car to the shop for an oil leak — it will be $465, which she will pay. She hasn’t driven in more than a year and we are hoping this will convince her to sell the car. I know this is a hard step for her to take.

  • #180039
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @susan I am constantly amazed at how much we use our stick blender, particularly the two-cup chopping attachment: DH and I are doing more and more cooking just for the two of us, and being able to toss a couple of shallots and some celery in there, then later the sauce for some pasta, and have it take up very little room in the dishwasher is wonderful. At the other end, for a big batch of soup that needs to be pureed? SO much less work/risk of scalding!

  • #180053
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    irishbell
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    iPhone. I don’t always feel the need to justify a purchase, however. Sometimes, infrequently, I just buys cuz i wanna buyz it! I can afford it, my old cell will be reused by DH who killed his old cell last week, it’s not causing clutter or keeping me from living my life…yet. I could think of no good reason NOT to get it. i really like it….

  • #180071
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    cjhaab
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Came home with a new coat for DH – justified so I don’t have to look at the old ugly coat which was nice looking when I picked it out for him several years ago.

    Also, a lacy gray cardigan, predicting lots of use over colorful short sleeve shirts this spring. Justified cuz it’s so pretty.

    Also, two nice skinny belts on clearance. Justified since I don’t have any like them, and they are in style.

    Is that what we’re supposed to do in this thread? :-)

  • #180089
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    Charity
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Batteries and light bulbs. It’s quite nice to be able to see.

    Less usefully, a gerbilarium, sand, sawdust, disinfectant, toys, water bottle, food… It is all set up now, in a nice space next to the tropical fish tank that was a bit of a dumping ground otherwise, and tomorrow we will get the actual gerbils. Technically DD’s birthday present, but I want them too and of course will be doing the work as she is too young (turning 6). I just hope the cats don’t eat them!

  • #180106
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    Astreja
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Toilet repair kit. The tank-filling valve doesn’t shut off unless you lift the lid and jiggle a lever, so this purchase comes not a moment too soon.

  • #180113
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    Emilie
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @Charity, I had gerbils and cats, and didn’t have a problem. Just make sure the gerbils’ cage has a very secure closure, because some small rodents can be escape artists!

  • #180114
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @Charity – my cats with fine with my gerbils. The cats got so used to just sitting on top of the cage and watching them that the one time one of them got out (absent-minded former hubby had left the top open), the cats were all just sitting around it watching it when I came in the room. DO reinforce the cage top, though!

    Bonus for uncluttering – paper towel and Tpaper rolls are never clutter anymore. You’ll have gerbil toys instead.

  • #180115
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    pkilmain
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    We had gerbils for awhile. In addition to the paper towel and TP rolls, they love heavier cardboard tubes like those sold for mailing. Also it would be nice if you can get someone who can determine the gender – gerbils reproduce very quickly and very successfully!

  • #180140
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    Charity
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Well, we got 3 boys in the end, named Kiki, Cutie and Spotty by DD. They’re very sweet. One of the cats has been sitting on the cage for the last hour but the boys don’t seem to care luckily. The other 2 cats haven’t discovered them yet…

  • #180177
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    LOL about the cats and gerbils. Glad I’m not a gerbil….
    My last purchase: food for Weight Watchers menus: justified.
    Pepsi for guests yesterday: oops (there is a bottle left over). :B

  • #180178

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Oops :)

  • #180207
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    Charity
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Good news, the gerbils are still not eaten :)

    Bought new school shoes and trainers for DD today. Totally justified; she will keep growing! Old ones already in donation bag.

  • #180220
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    oh gosh, this takes me back…in 5th grade my sis and I raised gerbils and when they re-created we sold them to friends for $3 each! we made a small fortune that year! we found out quickly that if you leave the daddy in with the mom and new babies, he will easily make a midnight snack out of at least one of those babes. oh, and their tails pull off quite easily, but they do grow back.

  • #180224
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    Netleigh
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    irishbell, that’s a bit distressing about gerbil tails!

    Justified, 3 walking guides for areas of the peak district. We have just agreed to go on holiday with a large group of friends there and having decent circular walks with guideline timings are essential when we split up for different activities, climbing, energetic walk, short walk and teashop.

    Partially justified, Kindle and lighted cover. After much thought and deliberation, it will reduce book clutter area and help with baggage allowance when travelling.

  • #180273
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    Charity
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Rug for the playroom. Cotton and machine washable – the last one went because DS had one too many accidents on it. Justified – much better than sitting on the wooden floor to play.

  • #180287
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    Netleigh
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Charity, Are you sure you are not spoiling DS with a nice soft rug? I suppose we are allowed things softer than the Coconut matting that I had to sit on as Infant school, those were the days!

  • #180293
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    netleigh: the lighted covers are expensive but great for reading in bed :)
    I just bought 3 books for ds1 and 2 for ds2 for their birthdays (being organised as they are both in April). Ds1 has the first in a series of 4 books which he really loves and the others are hard to find in the shops. The Little House books are impossible to find in shops. So Amazon it is. And I downloaded a sample chapter of another book for ds1 onto my Kindle, I love that if he enjoys it I can buy it knowing he will like it and if he doesn’t like it then I won’t bother buying it. He reads like there’s no tomorrow, luckily he loves re-reading as well.

  • #180302

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Ordered 4 jars (the minimum) of PB2, which is peanut flour — essentially peanut butter with all the oils and water sucked out. Though it might be good for smoothies, soup and stir fries. We’ll see. DH loves peanut butter but the calories and “points” are pretty high. It’s only 45 calories per 2 TBSP vice 188 for the “real” stuff.

  • #180316
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I returned a Christmas gift (an ottoman thing for using a keyboard — what a bulky gift!) and bought a clothes steamer, the kind with a hanger-stand and a hand-held steam gizmo. My husband does his own ironing and I thought I would be nice to him. It is bulky in the sense that when it’s set up, it takes up as much space as an ironing board, but he breezed through his shirts. Side benefit was more moisture in the dry winter air. So I think it was a good purchase. Also bought a new martini shaker, I’ll admit it. It was red and I have such trouble prying the cap off our old one. We’ll see if this one works better. Although this is another item that my husband will use MUCH more than I will. Aren’t I lucky?

  • #180317
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    rutheverhart
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    oh, and the gerbil posts are such fun!

  • #180336
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    lazycow
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Oh Lottielot, I JUST got rid of a complete set of Little House on the Prairie books! My daughter has a gorgeous boxed set, so my older paperbacks were sent to the op shop. Not that you’d want the tatty old paperbacks, but still…

    Bought a pot plant to sit on the storage cabinet in the living room. A reward for me for decluttering the top of it completely (books, photos, chess set, all rehoused or given away) It looks most Zen-like.

    Also bought my daughter a pack of fat textas (bonus: they are supposedly ‘green’ as well) She actually wanted cans of grafitti spray paint (not on your life, she’s only 10) to practice ‘grafitti’, so the textas were a compromise. Am hiding them until the school holidays in April.

    Bought 3 books from Betterworld.com. Richard Rohr’s “Simplicity” (which I love, and will reread many times), and 2 books for my son, which I cannot get at any of my libraries (and I belong to THREE different ones). And the money goes to literacy funds, so that justifies it for me :-)

  • #180560
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Birthday presents for the boyfriend. All consumables of one kind or another, except one gift card to Lululemon (well, the card is consumable, but it will result in other, non-consumable items). He loves the clothes for working out and social dancing, but hardly ever buys anything for himself (yet he showers me with gifts whenever he can. The man is too nice for his own good), so I’m hoping he can replace the old t-shirts he’s been wearing to the gym and which he’s been complaining about.

  • #180562

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Bought a blood pressure cuff for the 90-year-old MIL (her money, though . . .) She’s on BP medication and the DR’s office called the SIL last week and asked her to drag her in for a BP check, which is a pain in the neck for such a simple thing. I asked — “would it make sense for us to check it ourselves once a week?” Both MIL and SIL are nurses . . . The DR not only said yes, he said to do it DAILY. Got an Omron digital wrist cuff which she will be able to use herself. It also has a 60-record memory, so we will be able to tell if she is faking it, which she is perfectly capable of doing. I’m the only person involved in the entire process with no medical background so why was I the one to think of this? Huh? $40 well spent. Practiced on myself (they could use me as a textbook example of perfect blood pressure) and am now ready to train MIL. Told her she could add it to her resume as “trained in digital blood pressure technologies.” She got a kick out of that.

  • #180573

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    8 potted plants: 3 stevia (woo hoo, what a surprising find), 3 sage, 2 catnip. They’re sitting in a box on a lawn chair and I’ll have to figure out how to care for them. I like drying and burning sage – smells wonderful!

  • #180575
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    pkilmain
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Susan, I have one of those wrist BP cuffs and I love it because I can use it myself with no problems.

    I’ve bought nothing except groceries all week, so feeling good about that. :)

  • #180576
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    Astreja
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Well, my last purchase was a small bottle of a single-malt Scotch that I hadn’t previously tried. Hardly what one would call practical, but I suppose we could always store mid-sized spaghetti in the cute little cardboard canister the bottle came in…

  • #180590
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    bandicoot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    single malts are always a justified purchase!
    but the containers always sound like clutter to me.
    i have kept far too many of them hanging around for far too many years, myself, lol.

  • #180598
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    jbeany
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Ummm…let me think. Yes, no, no, no, no, no, no, and yes.

    Sis and I gleefully supported all the little art galleries and antique shops on the one block stretch of my tiny, artsy home town today, followed up with a trip to Goodwill and then a tour of the drastic clearance racks at the homegrown local version of Walmart. The lunch special at the local bistro – yummy and justified. The handcrafted ring, the antique and vintage necklaces, the books from Goodwill when I have stacks at home unread, and the cute but unneeded shirt and skirt are all NOs. The last yes is for a pair of $3.00 sweat pants which I actually needed!

    On the other hand, we made a lot of local shop owners very, very happy to see us! Shop local to save the economy, right?

  • #180615
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    Charity
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Rubber shoes for the kids. I wanted to buy myself some silver fitflop trainers as my old trainers are falling apart, but they only had black and they rubbed anyway. The kids spottted these rubber shoe thingies and begged and pleaded, and I’m afraid I caved in. The cute matchiness of them did sway me – they wanted pink for her, blue for him. I was sensible enough to get them a little too big, so they can wear with socks now and without in the summer, allowing for growth. Not justified really, but I would have had to buy similar in a few months anyway so could have been worse.

  • #180626
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    djk
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    no, can’t say my last purchase was justified. We were in Budapest last weekend (me for the famous Szechenyi baths, DH for a change of scenery) and I bought gorgeous handpainted Easter eggs to add to our little collection.

    When the Easter markets come up here soon, I will probably buy one or two more:)

    In the regular markets in spring they sell huge (2-5 feet long) sprays of pussy willows, from which you hang these eggs.

  • #180632
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    Emilie
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I think so. The last non-food thing I bought was a skirt at a thrift store. I wanted the fabric for a specific sewing project. Since I go to a sewing class/workshop, I stay accountable to actually doing the projects. :)

  • #180637
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    pkilmain
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    ah, djk, I have pussy willows growing at the edge of my yard, er, or I will once this snow and cold weather goes away – say in 6 weeks or so…. :) Is the Easter market similar to the Christmas market? A friend of mine went to a Christmas market in Germany and the pictures made me want to go.

  • #180639

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Bought a new dish drainer — the old one broke. Since we don’t have a dishwasher, it’s needed. And some gifts — a friend’s birthday, a wedding shower for one of my colleagues. And three (used) books — two for work-related stuff, one for pleasure to be passed on when read.

  • #180640

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    An Amazon order for vitamin D3 and 8 books to give away or sell. The new plants (all very delicate) are put in a tray and watered. I may need to put them in shade at first. Excited.

  • #180685
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    Netleigh
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    New plants for patio pots. Justified, will bring colour into my garden in the next few months while the rest of it is a work in progress of mud and digging and weed suppression fabric following the removal of the large conifer hedge and a few other trees and shrubs that were too big.

  • #180705
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    djk
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    pkilmain,
    yes, the Easter markets are smaller versions of the Christmas markets. They are only up a couple weeks before Easter. Very beautiful collections of handpainted eggs.

  • #180709
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    Netleigh
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    djk,
    Jealous of your visit to the Szechenyi baths, it’s on my wish list. At least living in the UK a few days in Buadapest are quite achievable, however there are just too many cities on my travel wish list but Berlin and Budapest are at the top now I’ve struck Florence off.

    Travel related purchase, Gotoobs for decanting toiletries into small containers, I do hope they don’t leak. I need to take my own lotions and potions with me as I get eczema and can’t just use what the hotels provide.

  • #180717
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    lucy1965
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Just purchased two sets of wine glasses; not really justified, but they’re replacing a set that was given to me for my first marriage that makes me flinch a little every time I see them.

  • #180739
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    djk
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Netleigh, it only takes about 2 1/2 hours on the train to get to Budapest for us, so we go at least once a year for a wintry weekend. I love to go to the baths on cold, rainy, dreary, blah days. It is sheer magic to sit in a hot pool with the rain pouring down on you, steam rising all around and making you feel like the only one in those huge, busy pools. Balm for body and soul.

    Last year it was so crazy cold, the old men playing chess at the sides of the pool were wearing speedos below the water and traditional hats with the feather above the water. What a great sight.

  • #180746
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    Netleigh
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    djk,
    I think Budapest and it’s spas has to be our next destination, I’m sure I can justify it as an essential purchase for my wellbeing. I have fond memories of hot springs in Landmannalaugar, Iceland with the snow beside us. It’s great having the contrast of temperature as long as you are in the warm bit.

  • #180748
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    bandicoot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    netleigh, your gotoobs will not leak.
    mine have been squashed into bags for a few trips now….perfectly leak-proof every time.

    djk, those baths sound FABULOUS!
    i love hot-cold contrast too. it is excellent for stimulating the immune system.

    the last non-consumables i purchased were some lengths of fabric to have made into pants and shirts in bali.
    very plain pull-on loose drawstring waist pants in black, gray and a sort of people’s army blue…..and a couple of very frivolous shirts, loose, with loads of teeny pintucks and tiny buttons, one in sheer white cotton lawn and one in black habotai.
    i have done a lot of wardrobe decluttering in the last year, and donated a whole bunch of clothes in january and february….so i felt justified.

  • #180777
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    SunshineR
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    lucy1965: go for it, get rid of those old wine glasses and the old memories….and enjoy some wine, too. Nothing to lose but the pain….

  • #180788
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    pkilmain
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Today I replaced both the old portable phone and the quirky answering machine! DH was certain that a new battery would enliven the phone – which is about 15 years old! – but it didn’t. The old items will go as soon as the new one is charged and verified working well (the old ones work sometimes, just at their own pleasure/whim) Also bought some more blank recordable CDs as I was out.

  • #180805
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    lucy1965
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @Sunshine — Thanks, hon. The shipping notice just showed up in my in-box, so I’m going to take them over to the consignment store today, pick up the hammered aluminum ice bucket I was eyeing last time, and stop at the wine store on the way home. They’ll be here by the weekend, and DH will be home from his conference by then, so we can break them in properly.

    Wanna hear a funny? DS’s father is teetotal: we never drank out of them, but every time I see them I think of my best friend from HS bringing them to my mom’s house. (And then I think about the rude things he said about it after she left . . . *sighs, shrugs* Oh, well. We live and learn, right?)

  • #180841
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    vjb
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I just bought a used light therapy device on eBay, all ready for autumn and the darker days. Hope it’s in as good shape as it looked in the photos!

  • #180843

    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Well I finally caved and bought a new 13″ MacBook Pro. My old faithful Dell had been with me of at least 6 years and I have persevered with its funny little quirks for long enough. The sound only works with ear phones, it jumps randomly through text and permanently deletes text while I am in the middle of writing and some mornings it was taking 15 minutes and several restarts to get it to connect with the internet. I do not justify my purchases lightly but this time it think I will call this one justified.

  • #180852
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    Charity
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Replaced DD’s lunchbag and water bottle as they were very battered. Also got a matching set of snackboxes which we didn’t strictly need, but they do have cute little teapots on… She is very happy.

    Also bought a Kenwood miniblender. We had just a minichopper which broke after heavy use. The new one has the same chopping cup but also comes with a stick blender that I have been really wanting (for soup, mainly) and a whisk which will be great for pancakes (also make these regularly). I think it is entirely justified.

  • #180905
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Went into The Body Shop to buy a facial cleanser, since I’m out of my old one. They were having a “buy 3, get 2 free” sale on skin care, and the salesperson was trying to convince me that this was a great thing. I couldn’t think of anything else I need, which would not have deterred me in the past (hey, I’ll use them up eventually, right?), but I saw reason and walked out with only the cleanser I’d come for. Self-control is a wonderful thing.

  • #180918
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Bought a webcam so I can Skype my sister in Queensland. Means I’ll have to keep myself presentable so I don’t crack the computer screen :-) Totally justified.

    Also bought 3 vintage doona covers and sheets from the op shop. It’s very hard to find beautiful cheap fabric any more, as all the crafty crafters are snapping it up. I’m planning on using it all to make quilts and baby blankets this year.

  • #180919
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    pkilmain
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    We have a new supermarket opening in town. It’s grand opening is tomorrow, but today at 3pm they are having a “sneak preview” (followed by fireworks at 7 pm). I have lots of coupons for the opening, one for 10% off your whole order (over $25). If I stick to my list, and not buy something “just because” there is a coupon, I should do fine. Mostly it depends on how crowded the parking lot looks. :)

  • #180929
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    bandicoot
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    more clothes.
    2 tanks, a pair of trousers, a wonderful soft knit jacket/cardy thing, and a truly fabulous swingy drape-y throw thing that can be worn about ten different ways.
    at least everything is within my strict colour range (red, white, black, gray).
    and i’ve finally got the perfect travel wardrobe for spring in europe. (after searching for the ultimate travel wardrobe my whole life).
    i am thrilled. and therefore it’s justified.

    i am carrying ten lightweight knit pieces that can all be mixed and matched and layered endlessly.
    none of it requires an iron, all of it drip dries overnight and all of it bounces out of a bag looking good.
    bliss!

  • #180943
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    khagee
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Yes, my last purchase was justified. I got a small container of concealer. My glasses show every discoloration underneath the lenses and I did not want to look tired all the time.

  • #180965
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    muroo
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I love my new thermos. I can make coffee at night when I’m up late anyway and can’t sleep and pack it into my bag and it’s still piping hot in the morning when I stumble sleepy out the door. Way easier than changing my sleeping habits. (Which I’ve been unsuccessfully doing maybe my whole life? It’s a whole other discussion I’m sure.)

  • #180979
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    pkilmain
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I did end up going to the opening of the new supermarket. I bought only a couple things that weren’t on my list:

    A dozen roses that were only $5 with a coupon
    2 bundles of daffodils, on sale for $5 for 2
    a package of 4 lovely looking steaks that had been $44; reduced on sale to $25, and then I had a $5 off coupon

    Plus, I had an “opening day only” 10% off my whole order. The total before coupons and the 10% was $166; I paid $94, definitely justified.

    It was a nice store, and I’ll go back after the opening craziness has worn off, but for the next few weeks I’ll be back at my usual grocery.

  • #180987
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    pkilmain, I’m so glad you got the flowers and the steak, enjoy them!

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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    belated post: on Wednesday, bags of doggie treats for the little wanderer who came home on Monday…justified…we both missed her so much and the weather turned worse after she returned. She’s only 7 years old; we want to have many more years with her, kwim? :))))

    Still resisting that urge to buy an iPhone4.

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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Why are you resisting the urge?

  • #181000
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I’m looking for work and don’t have any extra money. I am getting along fine with the desktop and home phone which I have. The iPhones just happen to be something which catch my eye…until I’m in a restaurant and happen to be next to a person who carries on loudly for ten minutes on their cell phone. Ah, I’m old enough to remember life before cell phones.

    oops, that sounds like a rant and a hijack. Good night.

  • #181116
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    sunshineR, treat yourself to an iphone once you find that job :)
    bought: a book for my Kindle, I stayed up till 2am reading it so I think it actually got me over my hurdle of not enjoying reading books on the Kindle. Plus it doesn’t clutter up my house! I’m going to buy some more books for my Kindle now. I also bought some music for my iPod, I realised that all the music on there is dh’s. Although we have similar tastes, I like different stuff from him and I’m sick of only listening to his music.
    Some bark chippings for my front garden to be delivered by the milkman (saves me lugging them home!). My cats keep pooing on the front garden and it’s disgusting to have to walk past on my way to the front door, at least if there are bark chips there then it won’t be so noticeable I hope…and may even discourage them from going there. Both cats are pretty old so don’t bother with the whole burying business any more, yuck.

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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I purchased my adopted Pom a brush, with her frontline for the season, a pair of slippers for my husband, and a new toothbrush.

  • #181140
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    No, my last purchase wasn’t justified… 2 DVD’s.
    I’ve been re-reading the Harry Potter series in sequence, just for fun. I’m on the 3rd book and had a sudden urge to see the film again. I certainly had it on VHS back in the day, but it got thrown out in a house move. I saw it in HMV for £7, which I thought was reasonable.

    Then I saw ‘The King of Dreams’ on DVD for £3, which I loved when I was younger, so go that as well.

    Before that I got trial sizes of the Clinique 3-step program. My skin has been a nightmare recently, and these were highly recommended to me, so I thought I’d give them a go. They were on special offer £14.95 for the pack, reduced from £20, so I thought I’d give it a go.

    I’ve been so bad!

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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    DH bought a bicycle — yikes! I haven’t seen it yet as he left it (still unassembled) over at his mother’s house. He also needs a helmet and, says he, to check out what he needs in terms of lights and horns. I will make sure his insurance is paid up.

    I bought four paperback mysteries at the exchange/rental bookstore but they will go away when I am done with them.

  • #181208
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    @lottielot: thanks for the encouragement about the iPhone. Actually, I may buy a digital camera first, because I don’t have any camera now. Photography is one of my interesting ideas to try.

    After I get a job and sell my house, I have a wish list for shopping. It’s going to be a challenge to set priorities, but it will be a wise decision in the long run.

  • #181226
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    New book (The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte). Completely unjustified, but have been wanting to read it for ages. Could have borrowed it, but there is something sensual, yet soothing about a classic novel in a new paperback Penguin edition :-) But I did get rid of an unread novel to make room for it, and I bought it at an independent bookshop, so yay me.

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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    I indulged in an unapologetic bout of girliness this weekend. I hit up Sephora, to buy a gift for my mom for March 8th, which is International Women’s Day (and, in Romanian tradition, doubles as Mother’s Day). I got her a set of make-up brushes and a pop-up hair brush for her purse (she always carries a comb and a mirror; this way she can have both in one). And just because I was there, I also got myself:
    - a wide-toothed comb (replaced a brush I don’t like using)
    - a 4-step nail buffer (replaced one that’s falling apart from use)
    - 2 sets of false lashes (for the sheer hell of it)
    - a sample of face primer (free gift, which I was very happy of since I’m looking for a good primer)

    I also bought a gorgeous new top, which got me a ridiculous amount of compliments on Saturday night, so I consider that fully justified :P

  • #181251
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Car rental and hotel room for the end of this month: our 15th anniversary is the 28th, and we deserve a vacation, darn it! We’re doing a proper road trip (in a rented Prius, no less!) and basing ourselves in Portland for a week, but we’ll go out to the coast and say hello to the ocean, drive to see friends in Eugene and Tillamook, and check out the apartment we’re taking for the first few months (I’ll put a link if anyone’s interested).

    Completely, utterly justified! *grins and bounces*

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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Your trip sound nice, Lucy.

    Post the link, I’ll look :)

  • #181258
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    Here it is: Riva on the Park. Since we get two annual transit passes for living there, we might even be able to unclutter our car . . . .

  • #181266
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    My latest purchase was a book for my Kindle. I just got the Kindle as a gift from my husband (I have way too many books), and just finished the prequel to the one I bought. Necessary? Probably not, but at least I didn’t add another book to my shelves! Other recent purchases were a new bin for my nail polish (I purged old bottles and the new bin holds them all), which was necessary, and a dvd on sale of my favorite actor (necessary, no, but oh, my!) LOL. I rarely buy dvds but I will get much use from this one!
    Kris

  • #181288
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    lucy1965: very, very nice. Especially the windows and the stone countertops.

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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    lucy: I wanna live there too — looks WONDERFUL!

  • #181309
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    2 books for my Kindle. I’m not too busy at uni right now so it’s lovely to read fiction without feeling guilty it’s not a textbook or an academic paper :) Tomorrow I’m going to the library though, it’s expensive buying books all the time.

  • #181310
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    Can you justify your last purchase?

    SunshineR, susanintexas: I like it, but it’s good to have confirmation that I’m not bonkers for liking it!

    We’re getting one of the 2BD/1BA units and using the second bedroom as an office.

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