I've been frugal too long. Or maybe I've lived alone too long. I have to admit that I have used shopping for entertainment on more than one occasion. But I don't shop well with others.
My carpool buddy wanted to go shopping after work. She mentioned a couple of weeks ago that she had coupons for a certain bath store. I wasn't interested. A few weeks later she mentioned it again and I ignored it. Last week she said, "When are we going shopping?". Ok, she was really serious. I thought it wouldn't kill me to go along so I suggested Thursday (yesterday).
We headed out to run her errands and I brought along my little list of things that I would like to have if the price, size and style was right: hat, shorts, wallet, sandals. We went to 5 stores, well, she went to 7, I wanted to spend more time in Ross. I didn't find anything. When we were in the craft store I kept looking at things that I would like and then thinking that I already have it or I don't have room for it. I found a pair of sunglasses at the last store that I kind of liked and she said I should get them because they were only $5 but I put them back because I didn't need them. I'd rather have $5. I was not a very good shopping buddy at all. I should have been buying lots of stuff I didn't need and encouraging her to buy more stuff that she didn't really need. I think she was rather disappointed.
I didn't get home until after 8 and missed having my evening to relax. But then I'm an introvert so social situations drain me. I know I should try to be more social so that I meet more people but when being social involves money I am even more reluctant.
The best part for me was that I saw a tree that I have been trying to get seeds from in front of Ross and it had seed pods. Am I a total nut or what?