Saturday, February 6, 2010

I spend money without shopping

Peter commented that he was excited to see our credit card balance change only minimally this week due to my not shopping. But it appears that even when I don't shop, I spend money. A charge came through for one of those Entertainment Weekly subscriptions that you "trial" through Best Buy. Whoops.

In other news, I would really like to go shopping just to get out of the fucking house today. I am, it appears, a gigantic bitch for being tired of being around sick people and I can't think of anything to do with or without the kids besides watch TV, read, go to the gym or clean that won't cost money. And I don't want to do those things. I want to go see a movie, or go to Target, or anything else.


  1. Stupid effing Target. What a great place to hang out, but dang if I don't end up wanting to buy the whole store.

  2. I know this summer when I wasn't spending any money except on food & rent, there was a psychological weight to it. All those little transactions add up to something psychological for us. Some combination of the freedom and pleasure to choose things we like + interacting with the merchants in our neighborhood fills a need, and when I'm cut off from it I feel deprived even though I have enough books and shower gel and t-shirts and cute wrap dresses and the ingredients for a perfectly good latte at home.

  3. It is definitely a strained feeling, not being able to spend money. Even things that don't require money to do, exactly, often require money to really enjoy. I remember as a kid being really excited to get movie passes, but it would dissipate when I realized I still didn't have money for popcorn or candy. It made it more of an experience, I guess. And shopping for anything is a stimulating experience, one that I missed when I couldn't do it.