Forget what I said the other day about Vince’s blog post not being directed to me.
We were talking last night and had this conversation.
Me: You should be proud of me! Madelinetosh had a 25% off sale. EVERYTHING was 25% off and I didn’t buy anything!
Vince: That’s because you don’t NEED anything.
Me: But I DO need something. I want to make a sweater and I need yarn to make it. (I’ll explain this in the next post.)
Vince: I’ve observed and most of what you buy is a WANT.
Me: It’s a NEED if I’m going to buy it at some point and I could have bought it and saved 25%.
Somehow, I think the two of us are never going to agree on this need vs. want idea he has.
Here’s a good example: For years and years, probably since Chad was little and I could have sent homemade cookies to school (but didn’t), I’ve wished I could make pretty decorated sugar cookies. I’ve told you my friend makes the most gorgeous cookies and she’s encouraged me to try it. I ordered FOUR . . maybe six (I can’t remember) cookie cutters. Four is not many and didn’t cost much! I already have various liquid, gel and powdered food colorings so I didn’t buy that. I bought one container of meringue powder at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon. I think that’s all I bought so far for the cookies.
Vince brings up my cookie making as a want and not a need. Which is it? It’s something I’ve wanted to learn to do forever. It took almost no investment – less than $50 (so far) for cookie cutters and time. Time to watch videos, read on Facebook groups and then time to make and decorate the cookies.
Yes, it is a “want” as far as . . life goes on perfectly fine if I never decorate cookies but what am I supposed to do . . sit around and never do something I’ve always wanted to try?
If I had to go buy a new oven, a new mixer, new cookie sheets, lots of food coloring, 100 cookie cutters . . I could see how that might be considered extravagant or a waste.
I am not willing to say “I’ll never buy anything for the rest of my life unless it serves a true NEED in my life.” I am kinda, maybe willing to say I will buy less yarn.
Here’s what I was thinking when I was going through the Madelinetosh website trying to decide if I was going to buy yarn . . I have a lot of beautiful yarn that I love. I loved it when I bought it and I love it now. There’s a chance . . I think a slim chance and Vince thinks a great chance . . that I will never use all the yarn I’ve bought. So, why buy more when I love what I have and if I keep buying, some of what I loved and bought will never get used? That’s how I’m looking at this yarn situation.
Having said that, if something comes up . . like a mystery knit along where it’s easier to buy a kit than try to put together 12 colors from the stash that will work, I’ll still buy yarn . . and we’ll still disagree about whether it’s a need or a want but in the end . . who really cares?
I think Vince needs to get busy doing something and stop thinking so much! 🙂