S and I were using our extended holiday weekend to get done with a ton of household chores. One of those tedious chores was to run errands... the pet store, the hardware store, the grocery store, etc. We were doing great until S said the magic words "oh, I just need to stop by Target for some things". Target is possibly my biggest enemy on this new quest to get rid of debt and live a thriftier/ simpler life in general. It doesn't matter if I walk in there armed with a list and resolve by the time I leave I have managed to pick all sorts of random crap that I "need" that I didn't know I needed until I saw it.
But we were already out and it seemed silly for me to just sit in the car while he ran in to get his stuff. Right now I'd love to tell you that I made it out without spending a dime but, sadly, that's just not the case. I made it so close but we were literally walking to the register when a new sports bra and a gift for my bff's daughter ended up in my hands. I would also love to tell you that I realized I did not "need" these items before it was too late but again that's just not the way it happened. It wasn't till I opened up the bag at home and looked in that I realized I had mindlessly purchased more stuff that I don't need (although my bff's daughter would look really adorable in the jumper I bought).
Instead of shamefully cutting off the tags and promising myself it would never happen again (which is sort of my routine) I put the items back in the bag with the receipt to be returned ASAP! In the process I also remembered a shirt I had bought for a gala but didn't end up wearing that still had the tags on it and the receipt... those went into the to-be-returned bag as well! And all of that stuff went immediately into my car so that I can do the returning some evening on my way home from work (and to help me avoid the temptation to just cut off the tags and accept them into my home!)
One more teeny tiny step towards making real habit changes.