I know that I am the most aggravating person to go shopping with. Marcy would add an powerful "AMEN" to that if she reads this. I enjoy shopping but not the choosing and buying part. I like to wander through the shops and finger things and check out the prices and see what things are different in the shops than what I find in Japanese shops. I like window shopping. I like walking around, adding steps to my step counter. Anytime anyone suggests a trip to a store or a mall or a street fair or a second hand shop, I am raring to go! But I don't buy or if I do it is some tiny minuscule item that I have gnawed over for half an hour until the people around me are ready to scream "Just take it!" I even aggravate myself!
I needed to buy a new suitcase or two. Tetsu took two of our suitcases back to Japan. Takumi took another of my suitcases on Monday. Leiya has another of my suitcases and that left me with none. Sooo... I've had it in the back of my mind that I needed to buy a suitcase and Marcy took me to look for one at a swap meet. I don't know why I didn't buy it then. Too cheap (if there is such a thing) and I hadn't yet priced out suitcases in the stores so I didn't know what I wanted.
Looked at some of the department stores. Whew! Should have bought at the swap meet! Takes too much gas to drive back down there this weekend.
Checked out some of the local stores yesterday afternoon and yeah, I could do that. But first I wanted to see some of the other stores. In the evening I went shopping with Leiya and we went to four stores. Hey, all the stores offer basically the same things with a difference of about 10 dollars. Why the problem? Just buy it. But no, I had to pick everything up, had to tap the sides and back and see if they were sturdy, had to check the insides and ponder the differences in the pocket placements. This is only a fraction of what was whirling around in my head about a simple decision and after two hours I was tiring myself out and thinking I'd come back the next day. Do you see a pattern here? Some of my long time blog friends will recognize the same agonizing I've had over buying a dress, shoes, even fabric for quilts. I always want to and usually will back out on a purchase, talk myself out of spending the money, always think something better, cheaper, more attractive is in the next store or down the next aisle.
This is PERFECTIONISM raising its ugly head. It isn't just being frugal, unselfish, practical, careful etc. etc. I recognize it in myself but even so have trouble changing my shopping habits.
I BOUGHT the suitcases! (Leiya was very patient with me.) They will serve the purpose of carrying my things back to Japan and hopefully they'll be serviceable for the next few years. They don't have to be perfect. *************************************************************
Update on the $50 bill! The bank exchanged the puppied one for a new one! I did not explain where the damaged parts had been but even so got a few laughs from the bank teller and the bank manager.