Retail Therapy

I’ve always been the sort of person that likes to go shopping knowing exactly what I want.  I walk into a shop and if they have what I want, I buy it and then I go home.  No messing around, no fussing, no bargaining – okay, maybe a little of the latter.  I don’t like to waste time and if it’s what I want, I’m not going to gripe about the price so long as it isn’t exorbitant.

I’ve also heard about people who go shopping just because going shopping makes them happy.  They love to come home with their purchases and buying, in general, makes them happy.  Although I could never really understand it, I accepted the fact that some people are just different.

Since having a child of my own, I have learned to delay gratification and curb the “buy because I want it” impulse.  I guess being responsible for someone and having little eyes watch my behaviour has been a good influence on me. 

Lately, I have been eyeing this set of Signing Time DVDs which I have been eager to add to my son’s collection of educational DVDs:


For some time now, all I’ve done is browse the website and look at the products.  I confess I have been wanting to buy this for the last few months, but I’ve always stayed my hand because it is so pricey.  I bought a few of the DVDs and music CDs but that was about it. 

Recently, the hubby and I had one of those usual spats that husbands and wives normally go through and I found myself wondering back to this website.  I ended up buying the remaining DVDs from the first series that I didn’t have and the entire second series.  It cleaned out what I had left in my paypal account but I found myself going to sleep feeling surprisingly happy.

Is that what retail therapy does?

Although it’s depressing to see my paypal balance go back to zero, I can’t say that I am at all regretful over this purchase.  I suppose because it is something educational for Gavin and it is something I know he will enjoy.  All, the same, I don’t think I should make a habit of making such large purchases in future. 

Note to hubby – try not to get me mad, otherwise, I’ll be using your credit card for my next retail therapy session.  How’s that for incentive to keep the wife happy?

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