Like most women, I have a bit of an addiction to shoes. I can admit it. I like shoes. I like purses too, especially black ones. On a number of occassions, I’ve had to stop myself from buying a purse or a pair of shoes that I didn’t really need, but I really wanted. That last push of self-control is hard, but so worth it in the long run – something I can appreciate as I clear out all of the unused stuff from my apartment.
Friday night I called Kathy to let her know where we would be going for dinner in downtown. When I called, I asked her where she was at, what she was doing. She was at a shoe store – about to buy more shoes!
Thanks in part to her blog, I could rattle off three pairs of shoes that she has purchased in the past month. Add to that the fact that she has posted many times about how she wants to save more money, that she needs to save money, etc.
Me: You bought the boots, you ordered more boots, and you bought those tennis shoes at Target.
Her: But I need these. They are sneakers. I need them for running.
Me: You are *so* not going to run in those shoes.
Her: Uhm… yes I am!
Me: Then you can run in the sneakers you got at Target! PUT DOWN THE SHOES. Now.
Her: Oh, ok. Fine. I put them back. I’m leaving the store.
Me: No you’re not.
Her: Yes I am – I’m outside. Can’t you tell I’m outside? (makes whooshing sound in to phone like wind blowing.)
Me: I still don’t think you’re outside. (laughs at mental image of Kathy in shoe store making whoosh sound.)
Her: Yes I am! I’m starting my car! Can you hear my car?
I could finally hear her car, and I was satisfied that my mission had been accomplished.
I think that from now on I should offer shoe shopping intervention services. Just call on me if you’re about to spend that money that is burning a hole in your pocket, and I’ll talk you out of it. If you can truly justify your purchase, then I will approve your purchase. (By the way, slide on sneakers are not shoes that you can run in.) Sort of like a little help group for the shoe addicts out there.
Question is, who am I going to call when I’m out shopping, trying to buy the things I don’t need?