About a week ago, I finally accepted that it was just gone.
As the days since the move passed and my trusty Garmin failed to emerge from a packed box, a little voice in the back of my head grew louder and more persistent: “You should just buy another one.”
“Ha! No, I can’t do that,” I told the voice. “That’s ridiculous. I bring in zero income at the moment. I can’t spend another $200 to replace a $200 gadget that I lost.”
So the little voice began to rationalize. And there is nothing more dangerous than rationalization when it comes to convincing yourself to make an irresponsible purchase.
Ridiculous Rationalization Technique #1: The Comparison
Hey, why can’t I spend $200 on a new Garmin? I spend money on stupid crap every day. Way stupider crap than a Garmin. $100 on a dinner out? $50 on wine at Trader Joe’s? If I can justify those frivolous expenses, why not this much more important one?
This is one of the most laughable logic fails ever, really, but I do it all of the time. Wasting money on crap =/= an excuse to waste additional money on additional crap.
But what if I stopped buying some of that wasteful crap? Well then, that brings us to…
Ridiculous Rationalization Technique #2: The Add-Up
“Hey, look at you! You found cat food on sale! Now go buy yourself that Garmin!” So says that little voice. For weeks, every time I found myself being even slightly fiscally responsible, I’d mentally bank the savings.
Does this actually work? Let’s add it up.
- Was going to get a haircut but decided to wait a while. Banked: $75.
- Wanted to buy fresh flowers for the apartment but didn’t. Banked: $10.
- Abstained from buying iced coffees allll week. (It has been a long week.) Banked: $10.
- Clipped and painted my own toesies instead of going for a pedi. Banked: $35.
- Found cat food on sale. Banked: $5.
- Ate crappy cold leftovers for lunch instead of getting the Chik Fil A that I really wanted. Banked: $5.
That’s $140 of basically free money, right? Right??
I presented a detailed breakdown of these tremendous efforts at frugality to the hubs when I explained that I was planning on draining $200 from our joint bank account for a replacement Garmin that was really only costing $60.
He was not impressed.
Because, really? Those are things I should be doing anyway. And I know that. But that little voice in my head just won’t shut up, driving me to more desperate measures. Such as…
Ridiculous Rationalization Technique #3: The Barter
At this point I knew I was going to be buying a new Garmin and just needed to find a way to make an appropriate excuse for myself. So I made a deal with the devil. Or rather, with Santa Claus.
“You’re getting me a Garmin for Christmas this year,” I informed the hubs. “I’m going to buy it this afternoon.”
Merry Christmas to me:
Let this post serve as a reminder of my little deal come December 25.
Does it reflect a sad dependence on technology that I feel a whole lot better going into this weekend’s marathon knowing that I’ll have real-time info on my pace? If so, then oh well. Because I do feel a whole lot better.
To my old Garmin, wherever you are: I’m sorry our time together was so short. I still hope that you’ll turn up one of these days.
Today’s EAT: This post is actually coming to you a day late. I was brutally attacked by a Migraine Monster last night and spent the dinner hour napping fitfully and whining to anyone who would listen (which was no one, unfortunately). It was a bummer, because I had a neat dinner planned. Oh well…I’ll make it tonight!
Today’s DRINK: Just lots and lots of Vitamin Water in an attempt to rehydrate myself. (Migraines make me sick to my stomach as well. It’s fun little party, really. Thankfully I don’t get them very often.)
Today’s RUN: I did get out for a glorious run in the morning! Yes – glorious in the morning! If you follow me on Twitter, you may have thought I was taking crazy pills yesterday:
Because normally I hate mornings.
Anyway, I didn’t really intend to run that fast; it just happened! (See, this is why I needed a Garmin!) I felt fantastic, but will be keeping the pace much more mellow for the rest of this taper week.
Today’s QUESTION: Do you play little games when yourself when attempting to rationalize a purchase? I definitely do. But I really don’t buy stuff for myself all that often (I’ve been carrying the same purse for five years!) so I don’t feel too badly about it.