Most of it will be used in very practical ways out of necessity but on a trip to Canadian Tire the other day I spotted something that make me stop in my tracks and exclaim, "OMG, THAT CAN'T POSSIBLY BE THE PRICE OF THOSE!!!!"
I'm talkin' about dishes.
I've had the same dish set from IKEA for about 11 years. It's old, it's chipped, but still serviceable yanno? Sure the teacups are too small and the bowls are too shallow to be really useful but who cares, it's not like I'm livin' large here.
But then I saw those red dishes at a rock bottom price and I was like a kid in the cereal isle.
A complete set of 4 place settings with large mugs for only $24.99.
Oh and did I mention they're RED?
I bought one set on impulse went home and got all angsty about spending money on something that was frivolous. Then I thought, well it IS birthday money so why can't I buy just one thing that I like? Plus I just did 2 years of tax returns that are going to turn out well so it's like the universe was practically telling me to go ahead and buy the frikken dishes.
And who am I to go against the universe?
But then I had a plan. I went through my filing cabinet and pulled out a wad of Canadian Tire money that added up to just over $10.00 (thanks to about 35 cents from Dave T).
So you know what I did next? I went back to Canadian Tire and bought the other set of red dishes giving me me a complete set of 8 place settings for $40.00!!!
Plus I had more than 8 place settings of the old dishes so I managed to salvage enough of the old stuff to make up a complete set of 8 slightly worn out looking dishes that I'll try to yard sale. If they don't go in a yard sale then I'll just donate them, thus hopefully contributing to good karma.
BEHOLD MY NEW DISHES!!!!!!!!!!!