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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Two Things I REALLY Wanted But Did Not Buy

Every time I have gone down Action Alley in Walmart, I have seen things I really want and need. Yes, it is true. I need these things.

In the aisle have been stacks of an Oster Turkey Roaster. I liked the look even though they were in the box, unreachable. Maybe I am silly, but I like to see and feel items I buy.

Finally, yesterday, there was a roaster on display. When I read the manual with the roaster, I changed my mind. The instructions said to put 2 or 3 quarts of water in the roaster. ??? That made no sense. Then, put the turkey in?

After I struggled to my feet, took off the lid, and lifted the roaster pan, it all made sense. The instructions said to check it often and add water if necessary. It seems water goes under the roaster. It is not like a crock pot where the heating element will be ruined by water.

It would be difficult for me to lift the roaster pan with the turkey in it once, much less lifting it periodically. So, I will not be buying the Oster Turkey Roaster. For $29.99 I knew there would be a catch! I will be using the oven.

Then, I saw a cute calendar that I just had to have. At $4.99 it seemed precious.  I left it there and got a free one from the utility company today.

Could you say I saved $35 in one day? What was I thinking? I have never, ever bought a calendar, just usually get a free one from the pharmacy.

Your turn
Do you ever need and want something so much and then talk yourself out of it once you learn more? Find reasons not to purchase? What was the last temptation, bargain, or desired item that you left behind? Did you consider and realize the item was not as it seemed? Do you buy a calendar or use a free calendar?  I am talking about the calendars that are about 12x12 inches or probably a bit larger.

10 comments:

  1. I have a November birthday so usually I'm gifted a calendar. I've talked myself out of many items, most recently an extra expensive camera and went with easier less expensive version that fits my needs just perfectly.

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    1. SAM,
      That is convenient to be able to count on a certain gift. Ooooh, cameras are so tempting and expensive. I go with easier which is usually less expensive. Thanks.

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  2. The only calendar I buy is a 2-yr purse sized at Dollar Tree - so I can write in appts when I make them. Otherwise it's freebies from the VA, the library, etc. If necessary, we print a month or 2 at a time on the computer - lots of freebies to choose from.

    Probably should try to use the calendar function on the computer, always seems harder to use than paper.

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    1. Tom,
      I do have the purse day planner that I keep in my purse. This large calendar has the advantage of being easy to handle, no turning those thin pages. Plus, I don't have to get into my purse if this one is always at my side when I make a call. Using calendar on the computer would require the computer to be open!

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  3. I ask myself " do I have something that will perform that function?" And generally I do. I love kitchen gadgets. That is my downfall. But I really think over things that are heavy.

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    1. Carol,
      That is the best question to ask. The weight was a con with the turkey roaster. I tested picking up the box and did not get it to budge. So, picking it up and actually using it would have been most difficult.

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  4. I've never bought a calendar for myself.....but I do buy them as gifts!

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    1. Aodhnait,
      Oooooh, good gift! Two questions: Will you put me on your gift list? lol Do you think I can get away with giving free calendars as gifts? just kidding on both questions. Thanks!

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  5. Anything I think of purchasing, I write down on my list and then I search for a deal for it. Sometimes this takes a while and I realize in the meantime, I don't need it! I find I am MUCH thriftier when I give my decisions some time to percolate. I never go shopping "just to look" because I know I will find something to buy - stores are very clever at helping us with impulse buys!

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    1. Margo,
      I never make a list of things I might purchase. However, I will go just to look. And, yes, mulling it over helps. Just looking at the manual helped me even though I had been looking at that roaster for a month. I do have an oven and a crockpot, so this would have been redundant. Of course, the weight and my lack of ability to lift it so many times and the constant need for water cinched the decision for me.

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