Monday, January 4, 2010

Impulse Buys

Ok, I'll admit it:  I miss impulse buys.  I don't mean the little things you throw into your cart, I mean the big stuff that we used to be able to buy without restructuring our budget.

It snowed here Christmas eve, hasn't gotten above freezing since, and isn't expected to warm up until sometime late next week.  In the meantime it's snowed two more times and we've been shoveling out our driveway and our neighbors' driveways.  Not to put too fine a point on it, but shoveling snow sucks.

If this had happened a year ago I would have headed over to the nearest big box home improvement store and bought a snow blower.  Yeah it would have been pricey, but I wouldn't just be using it for my drive, I'd be using it for our elderly next door neighbor and our own drive as well as anyone else who puppydogeyed us.  I miss that.  I miss the freedom to buy tools that make life easier.  I'm very thankful that we have enough to cover our expenses for the time being, but I am really looking forward to the day when we go back to pennypinching by choice and not out of necessity.

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