There are two things I don’t want my husband to ever comment on—how much I eat and how many pairs of shoes I have. So you can imagine my surprise when after 17 years together, my husband finally asked the question that men have been asking women for decades (maybe even centuries), “Do you really need more shoes?”
At first I was kind of shocked. In all of our years together, he has never, not once, questioned me about my shopping. I’ve never had to hide a bag or pretend that something new was something I already had. “What brought this on?” I wondered as I tried to come up with an answer. Didn’t understand the amazing feat I had just pulled off?
I went to DSW with a coupon for $20 off of a purchase over $49. A coupon, which I might add, that could be combined with the $5 coupon they sent me for my birthday. And…this was the last day I could use the coupons before they expired. So I came through the door with my adrenaline pumping!
Now, two things happen to me when I go to DSW—I get tunnel vision and color blind—aka I head straight to the clearance section in the back of the store and when I get there, I only see red (50% off), blue (70% off) and yellow (80% off).
I ended up finding two pairs and they were both 50% off. After the discount and my coupons were applied, my total was $40.34. But I wasn’t finished! I had a gift card with $16.18, which brought my total down to $24.16. But I still wasn’t finished! I had a visa gift card for $25. With that deal like that, the last thing I was thinking was whether or not I needed the shoes.
If I were to answer his question truthfully, the answer would be no. I do not need another pair of shoes. I don’t even know where I am going to put the new ones. Boxes are piled so high in my closet, I need a ladder to reach them (but to be fair, I need a ladder to reach most things). I have a separate closet just for boots.
Here’s my real problem–I cannot walk away from a great deal. And somehow I am always falling ass backwards into them. That’s how I justify most of my purchases. It doesn’t take me long to come up with a reason to “need” a new pair of shoes, or dress or whatever. I mean, who could walk away from a pair of $40 Uggs? (Mind you, I didn’t even wear them once all winter).
I just get so caught up in the thrill of the deal. Even if it’s not in my size, I buy it for someone else. Maybe I should look at this as my wake-up call. Maybe I should learn to just walk away. Or maybe I’ll have to start sneaking them in…
I thought about trying to explain this to him, but after a long pause all I could say was, “But it’s my birthday!” I knew that would shut him up. And it did. At least for now.
How would you answer the question? Do you have too many shoes?
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