Not so fast, my friend. You have to factor in the Payday Effect, plus the I Have Gift Cards To Home Depot paradigm, and it becomes a perfect storm of excess.
Home Depot was at least practical. A new, much needed lamp for the living room. A combination lock-box for a spare key. A timer for the porch light. All will improve my quality of life.
The Definitely Need New Lightbulbs Award
Costco? Not so much. Sure, there's the new rug for inside the front door. Economical, attractive and practical. Antihistamines, melatonin, a bottle of wine. No big deal. But then the madness begins...
The Grape Expectations AwardFour pounds of grapes. I'm pretty sure I'll eat them all, but still. Four pounds for one person.
The Holy Mormon Pantry AwardSix hearts of romaine. SIX. That's a lot of lettuce. Chances of this all getting eaten before going to Veggie Hell? 50/50 at best.
The I Promise To Take My Lunch To Work AwardTwenty-four sandwich thins. Pretty sure they'll all get eaten - this is not my first go-round with these. They must be filled with preservatives, since they keep a long time.
The Ounce of Prevention AwardYes indeed, that's a lot of D3. I'm not going to let the shortening days kill my mood completely!
The Ulterior Motives AwardAnd last, but far from least, the full case of Coronas. That's what I use to lure unsuspecting men into my lair. But don't tell anyone...