The Crazy Suburban Mom: Goose poop

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Goose poop

In the last year my little planner addiction became 'individually' more expensive.  I say individually because each item costs more but I've been buying less things.  For me, buying higher quality products is a less aggravating, and a better way to divvy up disposable income.

Spending more per item has brought me closer to owning only things that work; the major reason being I spend  considerable time deciding on, and saving up for, expensive items.

 Historically, I don't put much thought into cheap, clearance items.   With them it's all impulse and rushing hormones. I see it, I want it, and I buy it before I know it what hit me.   In minutes,  I'm driving home with two bags of stuff that might as well be goose poop for all I remember...  But oh! What a deal it was!

 That just doesn't work for me anymore.  The cost of items isn't just about how much you pay initially.  It's about storing all that stuff, the pressure to use it, and all the things I can't buy because now the cash envelopes are full of dollar bin post it IOU's  instead of money.

In the last few months, and on into 2014, I've been considering the cost per use rather then the ticket price.

I'd always shopped sticker price but all that's gotten me is more stuff then I have room for or can use up.  Functional items, even very expensive functional items, that work always cost less per use.(Original priced divided by the times you use it...)

If you look at it that way, a Louis Vuitton or Gillio agenda ends up being a better deal in the long run.  A Filofax, at full price in the perfect color, straight off the website, that I love and use daily will cost less then a dollar per use very soon...  And will serve me better then the five I found on clearance a few months ago and sold almost immediately.

It's certainly possible that I will want a new Filofax this year, we are only months away from the new line and I'm saving my money already.  I've got a change jar specifically for my next planner that is filling up nicely!   If I see one I want I'll count it all up and see how I did... if I'm not close enough I'll just wait...

Waiting is very underrated.  As Carl Sagen said, Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.   And I hope it's fabulous! 


Gabby in Progress 1/8/14, 8:36 PM  

I can see your point about the cost per use of each of the planners. I think that because of my budget I would only be able to buy planners that are on sale or clearance and I would keep it and use it even if I didn't love it. I also only buy stickers and other decorating things for it when they are on sale on when I have coupons. Thank goodness that Michaels and Hobby Lobby always have coupons. This week Hobby Lobby has 50% off of stickers, which I have to go buy.

Josh LaPorte 1/8/14, 9:12 PM  

The entire American economy seems built on "deals" on crap we don't need. It's totally infuriating. I buy what I need, when I need it. I don't care if or when things are on sale. If I need a blue sweater and the orange sweaters are on sale I will still buy the blue sweater. Goose poop indeed! I'm very cautious with spending on "things" for the reasons you state above. More than binders my issue has been with diary inserts. But that seems to be coming under control too.

Tracy Reinhardt 1/9/14, 7:13 AM  

Gabby, I don't disagree. My budget is very tight and I tend to save before buying - don't use credit cards at all. A sale on something I want is always preferable.

Josh - I was very frustrated over the holidays - My email sale offers kept coming. First black friday, then they called it black friday weekend - then cyber monday, then the black friday season.... I got a sale email that said, REJOICE! THE SALE CONTINUES... I didnt buy much this year - the whole thing was a giant turn off

Debralyn 1/9/14, 5:09 PM  

Tracy, I've reread your post three times. This is how I am finally coming around to viewing purchases. I've always been fairly frugal and my sister has even said I am a minimalist. I don't like the way "stuff" makes me feel.
I became a different person a few months ago with all these Filofax and Franklin Covey Binders purchases. I now have a "collection" with no money to actually purchase the binder I'd like to have. So I am slowly selling off and putting the money away.
BTW your Carl Sagan quote was icing on the cake. His work has meant so much to me.


Sheila 1/11/14, 3:30 AM  

This is in response to your video on the Sorrento Tote...which I LOVE :)
I couldnt leave a comment there as I am not a You Tube member (or something).
Just wanted to say if you wanted to make your bag a bit more structured you could use an organizer insert...I have a couple of sizes by Chameleon.
I am in absolutely no way affiliated with the company, have only ordered twice from them and they are absolutely brilliant. I have a floppy tote like yours but wanted to make it easier to find things swimming around the bottom. Of course there are other bag organizers out there too :)

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