It’s been a while since I’ve been on. I apologize for my absence, but work just got crazy. I had to set my priorities and work was it. Now that things have slowed down, I can get back to what I love and that’s blogging! Here’s a post that I worked on previously but just didn’t have time to get up. It’s a companion piece to the Oops! Home Shopping Network derails Progress on Total Money Makeover post. I am sure many of you will be able to relate to this.
My new purse came today. I have to admit, full disclosure was not in effect. I was so glad that Jones was asleep when the UPS deliveryman dropped the package on the porch. I was working in my home office when I thought I heard the muffled sound of an engine out front. I quietly eased down the steps and opened the door. An innocuous looking package displaying the QVC logo lay on the porch. I picked it up and hustled inside.
I placed the box on the kitchen counter and ripped it open. I lifted out my last hurrah — a Dooney & Bourke Leather Medium Pocket Satchel with accessories. I ran my hand over the pebbled leather. I unzipped the zipper, threw the paper wadding on the floor, and took out accessory one – a small leather coin purse. I tugged on the key cord and fingered accessory two — the key fob. Next, I did what every true leather handbag aficionado does when they acquire a work of art. I grasped the purse by each of its zippered edges, pulled it apart to expose its innards, brought it up to my nose and inhaled. I savored the aroma that only comes from a good leather bag. Then, reluctantly, I sat it aside to finish my work.
Later that day, I was setting a scene for a photo I wanted taken and used the handbag as one of the props. Jones took the picture but he kept cutting off half the setup. I finally positioned him and the camera to get the full shot.
“You just want to show off that expensive bag,” he said as he got ready to take another picture.
“Umm. Uh, that’s not it,” I stammered. “I just wanted the papers sticking out of the top of the bag to be in the photo.”
“Uh huh.” He gave me his look. Why did I think I could put something over on this man? We’ve only been married 42 years. He can probably recognize most of the bags in my closet. He gave me the look again then let it go. I knew he knew and he knew I knew he knew.
My mind jumped to a segment Suze Orman always does on her show — Can You Afford It? In these segments, people call or write in with requests to purchase appliances, clothing, cars, or vacations. Suze reviews their financial situation and based on the number crunching approves or denies the request. In my mind, I could see her stamping denied across my Dooney &Burke. I could hear her yelling, “You can’t afford it.” She’d be right. I shouldn’t have done it. I am remorseful. I am rocking this handbag but I am truly remorseful. I will not do this again. The money spent on this bag would have made a nice dent in one of our other bills. I guess the only good thing is I didn’t put it on a credit card and I don’t have to worry about D&B repossessing it. Like Dave Ramsey says in the Total Money Makeover, what I have falsely believed and acted upon or not acted on has brought me to the place where I am today with my money. I’ve got to change my attitudes, my behaviors, and my habits. I’ve got to remember that every dime counts.