Daily Archives: March 24, 2011

Shopping Ban: Temptations


Like I mentioned in my earlier posts, my number one tip for staying  within my shopping ban is to avoid malls.  I am a total sucker for sales (it’s in my genes, k?) and great bargains.  And for some reason, they always seem to find me when I’m not looking for them.

When my blotting powder was finished last week, I made went straight to the MAC counter asked for my blotting powder (I get medium dark), and got the heck out.  I had my “shopping defense” up, and was determined not to sway from my shopping ban.  I felt pretty darn good.

However, this weekend, when I ventured into the Eaton Centre with my girlfriend, after an amazing lunch of delicious Korean pork bone soup – I almost gave into temptation.  I was an inch from the edge of falling off my shopping ban cliff.  One inch.  *cue melodramatic music, please*

The culprit, you ask?  The Body Shop (TBS).

I think this is mainly due to not having my “shopping defense” up.  (Yes, that is my excuse).  I was browsing for a gift for my co-worker who was on maternity leave.  I wanted to get her an “at home spa basket” so she could enjoy a little “me time” after she has her baby.

There were some great deals the weekend of March 19th & 20th.  TBS was celebrating 30 years or something.  I got my co-worker her gift.  Then, my eyes started to wander…. to the 50% off any one make-up item.

I’ve been using this little kobuki brush I got from a random dollar store, which works fine – but TBS brushes are so soft… and at half off, they are $24 only $12!  My TBS liquid eye liner hadn’t died yet, but I’ve had it for about 2 years…. and at half off, they are $14 only $7.  And just as I was trying to decide which item to keep, the sales associate kindly offered to give me the 50% off both items.  One inch from the edge, I tell you!

But I used my last ounce of strength to put down both items, paid for my friend’s gift, and literally ran out the store.  Then, I explained to my girl friend why I had to stay out of malls.  It’s because I am weak, dear readers.  I am weak.  But, my girl friend is the greatest, because even when I debated going back and begging asking for the deal, she reminded me that I am on a shopping ban, and I did not need a make-up brush.  My friends are awesome :).

For those readers who are currently on shopping bans, have you had any close calls lately?  How do you deal with temptations?



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