impulses?

impulses?

How do you talk yourself out of a purchase? And I don't mean obvious impulse buys, like candy at the check-out or a toy to decorate your (grownup) desk. I'm very good at avoiding that stuff. But there's other things that are easy to rationalize, but the fact that I have to rationalize at all worries me. Like today, I went to CVS to get a bottle of CVS brand antacid tablets, which I need. Then I spotted a label maker for $5.99. I've wanted one for ages for organizing needs. So I bought it. Then I saw small bottles of sunblock for $1.99. I bought one because, I thought, I could keep it in my bag for days that start out grey and turn out blazing, since usually I put on sunscreen before I leave the house on sunny days. That's important to me because it might keep me from having skin cancer later, so it's like a good investment. Right? :-/ Lately, it seems like stuff that I've been needing suddenly appears on sale, or hard-to-find things are suddenly found for a reasonable-ish price. It's like they are necessary buys that masquerade as impulse buys just because of timing. How do you tell the difference? I also find myself saying, "Time is money!" when I don't feel like hunting store to store for a slightly better price, or choosing some food that has a little more process included. I always feel like once I get x number of necessary purchases out of the way, I'll be set...but that day just never comes. I used to be so good at being a tightwad, but years of doing that have made me a wee bit resentful and frustrated. Fabric stores and thrift shops are my worst vices, but I rarely spend more than $15 at a time, a few times a month. I find myself stressing over stupid, tiny, necessary purchases while allowing more questionable ones under the radar.
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