Cyber Monday Has Come and Gone… Without Me

Amazon Cardboard Boxes

It’s five minutes past midnight. I have missed Cyber Monday.

Not for lack of trying. Oh, no. I surfed websites at lunch and on the bus ride home (Thanks, smartphone!). I looked through catalogs. I read all the advertising emails in my inbox looking for great deals.

I found some great deals. Still, I did not buy a thing.

I’m sitting here asking myself why I didn’t pull the trigger. I could have gotten a big chunk of my Christmas shopping done. I could have packages flying through the air to me in the next few days, all ready for me to wrap them up in holiday goodness.

Some years, I might have beaten myself up about this. “Argh! I am such a procrastinator! Why didn’t I do this? What is wrong with me?”

Not this year. This year, I know better. There is nothing wrong with me. In fact, there is something very, very right: I decided not to succumb to the pressure of an externally-imposed deadline.

If there was not some particular thing I needed to buy today, then I didn’t need to shop today. I can shop tomorrow. Or this weekend, or in a week or two. The holidays will still be there. The shops will still want my business. I didn’t need a big sale, a false urgency, to dictate when I purchase the gifts I’ll be giving this year. I will get them when I am ready.

Yes, I might have some small regrets. I might not save quite as much. I might miss some real deals. But that is the price I was willing to pay to have gotten through this shopping weekend with my sense of self-worth unscathed. (I did hit the mall on Friday, but for two specific things, neither of which were on sale, and which I was planning to buy anyway.)

I missed Cyber Monday… and I am so glad I did.

xo – Lori

Daily Check-In: (or semi-weekly check-in, at this rate!)

I’m grateful for my family for putting up with the mess I have created in the house this week. It’s very much the “storm before the calm;” things will be better when I am done, but it looks terrible now!

I’m also grateful, of course, for the photo by Akira Ohgakie.

2 thoughts on “Cyber Monday Has Come and Gone… Without Me

  1. Lori, well done. It is good to know the difference between buying because you need something and purchasing because you want an item. Wishing you a happy balance between the spectrum of having fun and being frugal!

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    1. I am walking a fine line by buying things the past couple of weeks, but telling myself that they are Christmas gifts. This is all well and good, except that quite a few of them have been Christmas gifts for me! (Oh, well… that’s the only way I have lots of things to unwrap on Christmas morning.)

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