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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #50 on: September 16, 2020, 11:09:33 AM »
I've been pretty good about avoiding excess spending during the pandemic (booze excluded) but just broke down and bought a fancy new camera. A good sale coincided with day 6 of being under apartment arrest due to abysmal air quality here in Seattle and, well, one thing led to another. Beware the double lockdown blues.

It's not completely terrible since I've had my eye on this camera for a while and after selling what it'll replace it's a $300-400 upgrade, but it was undoubtedly a frustration driven act of self medication.


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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #51 on: September 16, 2020, 01:35:57 PM »
We have somewhat made up for the interior decorating spending binge by selling stuff found in the basement. Made almost $300 so far.

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #52 on: September 16, 2020, 02:01:53 PM »
We have somewhat made up for the interior decorating spending binge by selling stuff found in the basement. Made almost $300 so far.

I am also starting to make up for my goofy spending by selling off the nicer pieces of my work wardrobe online :D not like any of it is going to fit me whenever I have to go back to an office, anyway! LOL

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #53 on: September 17, 2020, 09:12:56 AM »
I shamed myself after ordering 3 1lb bags of coffee from a local roaster about 2-3 months back. $15 per bag. I felt it was ridiculous.

But then when I received them, they had been roasted only 2 days prior. Ground a handful of beans from each and made 3 coffees. Oh. so. good. Wife. approved.

Yesterday received my new batch. This morning, very happy wife and me. Fresh grind.

On the other hand, I sold quite a few old electronics and car parts on Craigslist. That will go towards more coffee since I barely drink beer anymore and zero hard spirits.

Now i need to get rid of the hard liquor, including Peruvian pisco I bought in Ica, Peru from the distiller. Or can make a big batch of Pisco sours.

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #54 on: September 17, 2020, 09:53:08 AM »
I'd been doing well, but the past month has been a flurry of art supplies. 

My depression is not well controlled right now.  I don't drink, I don't do drugs. I'm still well within my means.  I return a lot of what I buy on the spur of the moment.  But I'm well aware I am only buying because of endorphins and a hope it will make me happy

But really, what I need is an appt with my psychiatrist and not amazon; but well, they aren't doing in person appts and I don't want to do online. So amazon it is.

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #55 on: September 19, 2020, 06:30:25 PM »
Slapping myself like a seal because my combined grocery/eating out monthly expenditure has inflated to almost $450 a month.  Absolutely hideous, and the awful combination of stockpiling food, lack of desire to visit more crowded (and cheaper) grocery stores, and existential despair.  Some of it was... hmm, I hesitate to say unavoidable, but there's really a limit to what you can eat during extended hospital visits (keeping a family member company.)  But double lockdown, as @Samuel mentioned, has been an absolute motivation and energy killer and I'm not gonna lie... tasty food is really the only good thing I've got to look forward to right now.

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #56 on: September 21, 2020, 07:37:26 PM »
Bought a new mattress. Not consumer sucka - needed it, haven't received it yet; if it helps my back pain it'll be worth every penny.

The consumer sucka bit is that today I bought new sheets, then new pillows too. Paid a bit extra to express ship the pillows so they'll arrive when the mattress does!

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #57 on: September 22, 2020, 05:48:47 AM »
Iíve been girding my loins for a Covid winter, buying some clothing and toys for being active outside in cold temps. Sorta justifiable. Unfortunately, itís put me in a spendy mood and Iíve also bought myself some pretty new sweaters that I didnít need. Yesterday, I decided Iím cutting myself off. Lol

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #58 on: September 22, 2020, 08:27:40 AM »
I also started with a justafiable expense; moved up the purchase of a mini-split system so the DH can install it now while he's out of work, but its a slippery slope.  A few items here and there to make the new covid routine easier came next.  But, when I caught myself ordering matching picture frames (rather than sourcing them slowly over time from second hand stores) I realized it's time to shut it down.

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #59 on: September 23, 2020, 01:11:37 PM »
I'd been doing well, but the past month has been a flurry of art supplies. 

My depression is not well controlled right now.  I don't drink, I don't do drugs. I'm still well within my means.  I return a lot of what I buy on the spur of the moment.  But I'm well aware I am only buying because of endorphins and a hope it will make me happy

But really, what I need is an appt with my psychiatrist and not amazon; but well, they aren't doing in person appts and I don't want to do online. So amazon it is.

Please consider this a prod to get you to take care of yourself. Do the online appointment. Is it as good as in person? No. Is it good enough to help you? Probably. Make the appointment.

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #60 on: October 09, 2020, 10:19:40 AM »
My big quarantine purchase was a Swedish wall gym for my kids.
I looked this up and now I want a Swedish wall gym!

I just bought a tent. Haven't been camping in at least 15 years, but you know. Pandemic.

I bought a used popup camper. Never wanted one until my friend started cleaning out the family garage.

Couple of months in, it still hasn't left our garage for a camping trip. 

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #61 on: October 09, 2020, 10:22:19 AM »
My big quarantine purchase was a Swedish wall gym for my kids.
I looked this up and now I want a Swedish wall gym!

I just bought a tent. Haven't been camping in at least 15 years, but you know. Pandemic.

I bought a used popup camper. Never wanted one until my friend started cleaning out the family garage.

Couple of months in, it still hasn't left our garage for a camping trip.

I went camping last weekend and am going again tomorrow, and have been eyeing campers on Craigslist...

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #62 on: October 09, 2020, 10:30:50 AM »
Our's is in good condition but one thing leads to another. I wanted trailer brakes (easy upgrade) for safety especially on wet mtn roads. Needed to fix the furnace. Bought a few camper comforts. Just money - right?

If you go popup camper shopping know that the roof is the most troublesome part of an old camper.

I have done a huge amount of homework on them now. PM for details.   

Also: DW and I have decided to renovate the 25 year old kitchen. Kitchen is not bad but a couple of appliances need replacement. Previous owners made less than optimum choices we think. Kitchen island is going away. Too crowded. Building or buying new cabinets. Old cabinets will become garage cabinets.

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #63 on: October 10, 2020, 04:48:10 AM »
Thrift shops have been closed or unsafe to visit for 8 months and my DH and I garden, so we are almost out of clothes that haven't fallen apart.

My work/life base uniform for years has been black t shirts and blue jeans dressed up when necessary with a few well cared for blazers and a 15-year-old leather jacket. I really only spend money on boots, shoes, and winter outerwear.

Gardening this summer destroyed our shirts and jeans, as it does every summer, so last week we bit the bullet and went ebay shopping. We looked for "lots" of 2+ to save on shipping.

Him: 6 pieces on average $17 each. He wears "tall" clothes. Me: 8 pieces, on average $11 (includes shipping.)
This seems exorbitant but we really don't want to get sick at the charity shop.
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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #64 on: October 12, 2020, 08:01:59 PM »
Itís ok I bought a new motorcycle. I was not feeling great and I needed a new adventure :-)

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #65 on: October 14, 2020, 01:57:03 PM »
oh boy I've been up and down on this. We just bought a house in February so there's a lot of necessary buying made a whole lot more difficult by the second hand shops being closed or not safe. 

Some notables:

One miserably sick and insomnia filled night I pity bought a metal fire container/pit and all the s'mores fixings.  Ordered them shipped right to the door. 

We impulse bought a discounted Kitchen Aid mixer (I've mentioned it on other threads, sorry if you've seen this before) on a rare in person Walmart trip. No planning. No research. Just, dang, that's a good price. We like to bake and cook!

And this is the worst one.  I ordered a new easy cleaning cat litter box and a rug for under it.  Sure it's nice, but what we had was completely adequate.  The other things all served a new purpose at least... but that cat litter box was completely unnecessary.

Ah well.  What's done is done.  We're using the heck out of those things. We also did a lot of camping gear buying but those things were discussed ahead of time. Our other budget areas are stable or even reduced, so a bit extra to make home and outdoor activities more comfortable is appropriate... but it sure is a change from our previous very tight fisted ways.

Oh, we bought an amazon Echo Show. It was planned and discussed, but still feels like a huge splurge. We love it. I thought I didn't listen to music because I was bored with music. No. It just sounded like crap. The Echo show sounds so good, we catch ourselves laying on the floor in the living room just to finish a concerto before bed. So lovely.  Bonus: on rainy days we let the cat watch youtube videos on it and that is worth every penny.

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #66 on: October 14, 2020, 02:13:12 PM »
Bought a quite old camper back in the summer in great condition.
Still haven't taken it camping due to busy weekends and COVID is out there. Don't want to get it too. 
Meanwhile I've done upgrades and repairs to the tune of several hundred dollars - some necessary, some safety related.
It'll be a great camper when someday someone gets to use it. ;)

Meanwhile DW and I are planning (not spending yet) a kitchen renovation. House "needs" it I won't disagree.
What we have is functional but the cooktop is dying. The sink is looking rough. Island is too big for the space.
Don't want to replace the cooktop if we will have a range in the future kitchen.

Right now trying to decide if we should wait due to high prices. Are current prices high on cabinets and appliances? I can't tell.
Anyhow the plan is to start sale shopping for what we want.

Anyone have a favorite cabinet supplier? I want to look locally but online as well.

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #67 on: October 15, 2020, 01:57:54 PM »
purchased Victorinox Fibrox chef, paring, and bread knives. Modest price and well-rated on several review sites.

when they get delivered Saturday, my wife will shame me. Then she'll be the one using them daily (Except the chef knife, that's my precious). I can't wait to rub her hypocrisy in her face, it's all good laughs in our house.

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #68 on: October 15, 2020, 02:00:25 PM »
they are knifes. Thats NOT an indulgence

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #69 on: October 15, 2020, 02:35:13 PM »
but but but i have been wanting them for a while (not needing)... and i just felt like buying something on Prime Day. Even though they weren't specially discounted.
maybe i just "needed" a new kitchen tool. matching knives... never had those in 15+ years of marriage. there's always a first time.
and the "oooh, shiny" factor. can't beat that.

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #70 on: October 15, 2020, 02:39:34 PM »
got an email from Play It Again Sports that they have a lot of new stock of used weightlifting equipment. Might have to go check out the one close to home.
Need:
- Olympic barbell, 45, 35, 25, 10, 5lb pairs of plates
- flat bench
-simple squat rack.
-thatsallfolks!

Some days I don't want to drive 10 minutes to the Y to lift. I can get done in 40 mins at home. And can listen to what I want as loud as fucking possible.

Yeah, this offer is tempting.... stay at home and do something good.

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #71 on: October 15, 2020, 06:53:11 PM »
got an email from Play It Again Sports that they have a lot of new stock of used weightlifting equipment. Might have to go check out the one close to home.
Need:
- Olympic barbell, 45, 35, 25, 10, 5lb pairs of plates
- flat bench
-simple squat rack.
-thatsallfolks!

Some days I don't want to drive 10 minutes to the Y to lift. I can get done in 40 mins at home. And can listen to what I want as loud as fucking possible.

Yeah, this offer is tempting.... stay at home and do something good.

Do it! Nothing beats having a home gym. No commute, no waiting for equipment... ahhhhh, so nice.

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #72 on: October 15, 2020, 07:32:10 PM »
Bought a quite old camper back in the summer in great condition.
Still haven't taken it camping due to busy weekends and COVID is out there. Don't want to get it too. 
Meanwhile I've done upgrades and repairs to the tune of several hundred dollars - some necessary, some safety related.
It'll be a great camper when someday someone gets to use it. ;)

Meanwhile DW and I are planning (not spending yet) a kitchen renovation. House "needs" it I won't disagree.
What we have is functional but the cooktop is dying. The sink is looking rough. Island is too big for the space.
Don't want to replace the cooktop if we will have a range in the future kitchen.

Right now trying to decide if we should wait due to high prices. Are current prices high on cabinets and appliances? I can't tell.
Anyhow the plan is to start sale shopping for what we want.

Anyone have a favorite cabinet supplier? I want to look locally but online as well.

I just sold a 1955 vintage trailer  that my grandparents had bought new. It was a tough decision. I even  posted about my  quandary  here, but  it made  good economic sense as my  business  income  is down because of Covid. The  buyer  (who'd approached me) arrived  with  65  $100 dollar bills. Not quite the  cashier's check or Venmo I was picturing but all good.  The following week the compressor on the AC went out* and was  able to pay cash for the repair. The HVAC company was very  *no problem* about that.

*AC  is  pretty helpful when you live somewhere with many days in the  triiple digits. Not really  a luxury.

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #73 on: October 15, 2020, 07:44:11 PM »
I bought an unlimited-class membership to a local yoga studio because a regular yoga practice is a really reliable way for me to combat anxiety and burnout. All of their studio classes are broadcast live over Zoom so I can do my 3-4 classes per week in my own home without worrying about what people are exhaling during the breathing exercises. I figure it's worth it for the health benefits and to support a local small business.

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« Reply #74 on: October 16, 2020, 07:10:20 AM »
Bought a quite old camper back in the summer in great condition.
Still haven't taken it camping due to busy weekends and COVID is out there. Don't want to get it too. 
Meanwhile I've done upgrades and repairs to the tune of several hundred dollars - some necessary, some safety related.
It'll be a great camper when someday someone gets to use it. ;)

Meanwhile DW and I are planning (not spending yet) a kitchen renovation. House "needs" it I won't disagree.
What we have is functional but the cooktop is dying. The sink is looking rough. Island is too big for the space.
Don't want to replace the cooktop if we will have a range in the future kitchen.

Right now trying to decide if we should wait due to high prices. Are current prices high on cabinets and appliances? I can't tell.
Anyhow the plan is to start sale shopping for what we want.

Anyone have a favorite cabinet supplier? I want to look locally but online as well.

I just sold a 1955 vintage trailer  that my grandparents had bought new. It was a tough decision. I even  posted about my  quandary  here, but  it made  good economic sense as my  business  income  is down because of Covid. The  buyer  (who'd approached me) arrived  with  65  $100 dollar bills. Not quite the  cashier's check or Venmo I was picturing but all good.  The following week the compressor on the AC went out* and was  able to pay cash for the repair. The HVAC company was very  *no problem* about that.

*AC  is  pretty helpful when you live somewhere with many days in the  triiple digits. Not really  a luxury.

I remember the thread. Really glad to hear it worked out for you!

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #75 on: October 16, 2020, 11:09:52 AM »
Bought a quite old camper back in the summer in great condition.
Still haven't taken it camping due to busy weekends and COVID is out there. Don't want to get it too. 
Meanwhile I've done upgrades and repairs to the tune of several hundred dollars - some necessary, some safety related.
It'll be a great camper when someday someone gets to use it. ;)

Meanwhile DW and I are planning (not spending yet) a kitchen renovation. House "needs" it I won't disagree.
What we have is functional but the cooktop is dying. The sink is looking rough. Island is too big for the space.
Don't want to replace the cooktop if we will have a range in the future kitchen.

Right now trying to decide if we should wait due to high prices. Are current prices high on cabinets and appliances? I can't tell.
Anyhow the plan is to start sale shopping for what we want.

Anyone have a favorite cabinet supplier? I want to look locally but online as well.

I just sold a 1955 vintage trailer  that my grandparents had bought new. It was a tough decision. I even  posted about my  quandary  here, but  it made  good economic sense as my  business  income  is down because of Covid. The  buyer  (who'd approached me) arrived  with  65  $100 dollar bills. Not quite the  cashier's check or Venmo I was picturing but all good.  The following week the compressor on the AC went out* and was  able to pay cash for the repair. The HVAC company was very  *no problem* about that.

*AC  is  pretty helpful when you live somewhere with many days in the  triiple digits. Not really  a luxury.

Good timing! A/C is not optional in that kind of heat.

That sounds like a nice camper! I'm curious what it looked like. Got a link?

Our's was a $600 camper. Clean but needed some maintenance. That's what we're doing. I've rattled on all summer about this thing. My apologies.
Imagine a simpler version of these: https://www.thepopupprincess.com

This is our substitute for the fancy campers I see everywhere online. Even the compact, lightweights are really expensive. We'll stick with this camper. We're either cheap or frugal. Not sure which... ;)
Well the pictures are free anyhow... https://nucamprv.com/tab400-camper/

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #76 on: October 23, 2020, 07:32:03 PM »
I bought an unlimited-class membership to a local yoga studio because a regular yoga practice is a really reliable way for me to combat anxiety and burnout. All of their studio classes are broadcast live over Zoom so I can do my 3-4 classes per week in my own home without worrying about what people are exhaling during the breathing exercises. I figure it's worth it for the health benefits and to support a local small business.
Not consumer-sucks spending, sorry. Supporting a local small business that you like, that's providing value to you, and staying in shape all add up to money well spent, most likely. Plus, I suspect this works out to not much per class, because you're actually using the membership as a rational human being would, i.e enough to buy down the per-class cost to not much.

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« Reply #77 on: October 23, 2020, 07:40:34 PM »
@Just Joe here's  my 1955 Aljoa trailer that was sold. A little cutie with a lot of famiily history  and apparently quite rare. II   miss it but made the right decision.

And @bbqbonelesswing, thank you!

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #78 on: October 24, 2020, 10:18:02 AM »
I bought an unlimited-class membership to a local yoga studio because a regular yoga practice is a really reliable way for me to combat anxiety and burnout. All of their studio classes are broadcast live over Zoom so I can do my 3-4 classes per week in my own home without worrying about what people are exhaling during the breathing exercises. I figure it's worth it for the health benefits and to support a local small business.
Not consumer-sucks spending, sorry. Supporting a local small business that you like, that's providing value to you, and staying in shape all add up to money well spent, most likely. Plus, I suspect this works out to not much per class, because you're actually using the membership as a rational human being would, i.e enough to buy down the per-class cost to not much.

Thanks. I had/have some guilt over this purchase because I'm sure free yoga instruction is available online.

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« Reply #79 on: October 24, 2020, 03:55:25 PM »
@PMG you will not regret buying a KitchenAid! And even if you do you can usually sell them on for a good price. People don't want to let them go once they have them (I searched in vain for a lightly used one for more than a year before I bit the bullet)

I mainly splurged on craft supplies, but my overall spending on crafting hasn't increased because I'm not paying for classes now.  And because I have all the time in the world now, I'm actually crafting a lot.

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« Reply #80 on: October 24, 2020, 07:26:28 PM »
@Just Joe here's  my 1955 Aljoa trailer that was sold. A little cutie with a lot of famiily history  and apparently quite rare. II   miss it but made the right decision.

And @bbqbonelesswing, thank you!

Cool vintage trailer!

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #81 on: October 24, 2020, 08:12:22 PM »
I'm a complete sucker for Keen shoes, and have brought 2 pairs since lockdown to add to the 5 pairs I already have.  >_<  I keep justifying the purchases by saying, it's only $15-$25/pair, and regular retail price is around $100.  I really don't need any more shoes.  I have a problem.

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« Reply #82 on: October 24, 2020, 10:59:13 PM »
Having bought almost nothing online in the last couple of years, recently I've let my guard down and purchased:

 Noise cancelling headphones $300
 Backpack, for when I eventually can travel - $275 - even though my old one is functional, I just want a better one!
 Steripen (for making water dafe to drink) $100
 Fitness watch $270
 Quite a lot of Wine ...  ?$!

I blame amazon prime for most of it (apart from the wine)!



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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #83 on: October 25, 2020, 06:52:18 AM »
@PMG you will not regret buying a KitchenAid! And even if you do you can usually sell them on for a good price. People don't want to let them go once they have them (I searched in vain for a lightly used one for more than a year before I bit the bullet)

Imma, now we are in danger of eating too much bread.  I made pizza on Friday night and sandwich bread and cinnamon raisin bread yesterday. So delicious. Iím sure long term it will pay for itself.

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #84 on: October 25, 2020, 07:17:47 AM »
@PMG you will not regret buying a KitchenAid! And even if you do you can usually sell them on for a good price. People don't want to let them go once they have them (I searched in vain for a lightly used one for more than a year before I bit the bullet)

Imma, now we are in danger of eating too much bread.  I made pizza on Friday night and sandwich bread and cinnamon raisin bread yesterday. So delicious. Iím sure long term it will pay for itself.

There's no such thing as too much bread.  I've eaten between 1/2 and 1/4 of a 2 lb loaf of bread every day since March and lost 6 lbs.  Provided you're not completely sedentary, you'll be fine.  If you are completely sedentary . . . don't blame the bread!

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Re: Shaming myself: consumer-sucka shopping during lockdown
« Reply #85 on: October 25, 2020, 10:50:37 AM »
Iíve been girding my loins for a Covid winter, buying some clothing and toys for being active outside in cold temps. Sorta justifiable. Unfortunately, itís put me in a spendy mood and Iíve also bought myself some pretty new sweaters that I didnít need. Yesterday, I decided Iím cutting myself off. Lol
kris where did u get your sweaters? I bought some clothes from old navy this summer. Inexpensive but then felt guilty supporting them. Clothing thrift store I go to is not open. Any suggestions?