Thursday, May 23, 2013

Vacations Cost Too Much No Matter What You Do

Yes, I had a vacation from my day job. As always it was too short and I have to go back to work next week.
So what did I do?
Well first off I should probably let you know that I am not a traveler. Never was, never will be. Don't try to talk me out of it, many have tried, and failed.
So my vacations tend to turn into a staycation where I usually end up doing what everyone does on their vacations...
How you may ask did I manage to do that and stay home?
Well everyone decided to start having sales on stuff I needed. Clothes, shoes, electronics, you name it they had it on sale.
Note to self, DO NOT take vacations near major holidays!
I really hate that. Not because I overspent or bought stuff I neither liked nor needed. Case in point:

Adorable Jacket down from $99 to $25 after sale and coupons
One thing about being cheap, I can work a sale. Okay, so it's purple, again. I like purple, it fits me, it looks good, and it was a DEAL!
Still I hate to spend money. I know it's necessary at times (I do like to eat) and I got really good deals, but still...I don't like to spend money because I always end up feeling guilty. Why? Because I SPENT MONEY.
It's a sickness. I blame The Great Depression.
No I am not old enough to have lived through it, but my mother and my father both did. Basically they came out with two differing attitudes.
Mom - Save everything because everything could be gone tomorrow.
Dad - Spend everything because everything could be gone tomorrow.
Confusing huh? No wonder I have spending money issues.
Still I got a lot of quality stuff I needed, at prices I could afford, including one BIG ticket item. I think I'm traumatized for life on that one, because I hate to spend money. Have I mentioned that?
Maybe I need therapy. Oh wait, that costs money.
Great, I'm cheap and neurotic.
Excuse me while I hide my credit cards from myself and try to forget where I hid them.

Mystery writer C.L. Ragsdale is the author of The Reboot Files a Christian Mystery Series. A California native, she loves to "surf" the web to research plot details for her fun, quirky stories with just a bit of whopper in them. She has a degree in Theatre Arts which greatly influenced her writing style. Working in various fields as a secretary has allowed her to both master her writing skills and acquire valuable technical knowledge which she uses liberally in her plots. She loves to embroider and knit and is a big fan of the old Scooby Doo cartoons.

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  1. Nice jacket, Cindy! Purple is YOUR color. Your post was perfectly appropriate for our magazine. Just personal sentiments we can all relate to. Enjoyed it!

    ~Nancy Jill

  2. I agree--you look great in purple! You had me laughing out loud, I can relate to this so well! I love getting a deal, but I hate parting with my hard earned money. :)


  3. Hey thanks for understanding and for the validation on the jacket. Anybody know how to make up realistic budgets? And I mean for someone who just doesn't get it. It always makes my head hurt when I try.


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