Becoming Debt Free in 2009

December 23, 2008

$10 Well Spent

Filed under: Budget,Journey to Debt Freedom,Shopping — ambercouric @ 3:22 pm
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My neighbor called and wanted me to go with her to Target.    I didn’t need to go but decided to ride  with her anyway.   The store wasn’t packed like I expected so we took our time and looked around.   

The only thing I bought was a $10 Mrs. Claus outfit for my new puppy.  Truth is this was such a waste of money.  First off, I don’t put clothes on my animals.  They are fine for others but it is just something I don’t normally do.  Secondly, I thought the outfit was on sale 30% off so it would have been $7 – it wasn’t on sale just on the wrong rack.  So, I wasted $10 on a dog dress.

As in the title of this post, where is the $10 well spent?  I’ll tell you.  Since getting home with this stupid purchase I have gone over the entire thought process behind what I purchased.  I know it was a waste because my dog will probably wear this a total of 10 minutes.  But, the lessons it taught me are much greater.

  1. I need to watch the register more closely and if a price is different than I expect I should question it.
  2. I need to buy only what I went to the store to buy in the first place.  If I don’t need anything I should leave my debit card at home.
  3. Every purchase should be questioned no matter how small.

Thankfully, this lesson only cost $10.  I could have purchased a $100 useless item.

So in the end I don’t feel bad about this because I feel like the lessons learned will change the way I spend money for years to come.



  1. I confess I have several doggie costumes, including a santa outfit. D doesn’t like dress up unless it’s cold, but our 2nd boston loves costumes.

    Comment by Miss M — December 23, 2008 @ 4:24 pm

  2. LOL! I don’t have a dog but I know for a fact that my 8 yr old daughter wants to dress our cat like that! 🙂

    I just got back from Target and finally finished my Christmas shopping. Done. Finito. And you are right, it really isn’t that busy. Guess people really are cuttin’ back.

    Happy Holiday!

    Comment by money funk — December 23, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

  3. I absolutely can relate to this post…There have been so many times that I’ve purchased things and thought why? I have slowly learned to bring the purchases back.

    If I can only learn that in the grocery store now…

    Comment by Sharon — December 23, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

  4. Hi there-yes, good for you it was a lesson learned with just the 10$!! I still make buys I regret, I think it can be so easy to get swept up in the moment.

    Comment by sharon rose — December 24, 2008 @ 3:42 am

  5. Cesar Milan (the Dog Whisperer) would not have approved of the purchase as well. Just kidding. I think dogs look so cute when they’re dressed up as Santa and Mrs. Clause!! But thanks for the timely reminder of the pitfalls of going to a store without a list. It’s so much easier to buy something on impulse. Merry X’mas, amber.

    Comment by shtinkykat — December 24, 2008 @ 11:05 am

  6. That’s hilarious. I have to avoid Target completely, otherwise I come home with a bag full of random things I don’t need. I think the last trip netted me some wrapping paper, slippers and a bag of licorice (what??).

    Comment by Jesse Bouche — December 26, 2008 @ 6:42 pm

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