I confess. I have a love-hate relationship with shopping.
I love shopping when:
- I feel like I can afford it.
- I have lots of time to devote to the task and really comfortable shoes on my feet.
- I know what I want to get and then actually find that item.
- I have my lists in hand.
- Something perfect speaks to me either because it is just what I love OR I know someone I love will like it.
- I pick something out and then learn it is on sale.
On the other hand, I really hate shopping when:
- I really need something, but I am feeling short on $$.
- I am tired or hungry.
- I am looking for something specific and it is no where to be found.
- I forget my list, thereby neglecting to get something crucial or buying an unnecessary duplicate.
- I don’t see anything that I like but I am under some kind of time pressure.
- I shop specifically for a sale item, but it is sold out or not as I expected.
- I feel the need to get a gift for Mike.
- There are crowds of other people in the stores.
As I get older, and therefore much wiser, I see the beauty in my mother-in-law’s technique. Open up the L.L. Bean catalog, pick an item, and order one for everyone on the list.