Friday, April 11, 2008

Why did I buy this??

So I'm sorting through all my cabinets, and it hits me:
The guilt of stuff unused.
That's the opening line at Like Merchant Ships where Meredith asks readers to post their stories of items they regret buying. Oh boy. Where does one start? Probably my first dumb purchase, which technically wasn't a purchase. Remember those stickers on Christian cassette tapes that you saved up and after five, you got to redeem them for a free tape? Why I selected the tape I did, I'll never understand. Some soundtrack tape to something I've never even heard of. I have no idea what I was thinking. Steve Green or Amy Grant would have made sense. What I picked was dumb. First regretted purchase and I am still kicking myself years later.
Let's see, what else was there? Oh yes. In high school, there were my lizards. Why I spent money on a small aquarium and heat rock for two reptiles is a mystery. I mean, other kids in my school had some, but that certainly didn't mean I needed to waste my money on crickets every week, trying to keep these things alive. I don't even remember how they died.
In this same era of regrettable purchases, I bought the "cassingle" of Milli Vanilli's Blame It On the Rain. I'm not even going to link to anything in that last sentence. It's so sad. My mother confiscated the tape and nothing was ever mentioned about it. She probably doesn't even remember.
Something more recent? Two years ago I started bugging my husband for a kitten. Several months later, he relented. We now have a full grown cat that we have put our hard earned money into and now I would dearly love for her have a new home. She's more work and less enjoyment than I originally thought. An unfortunate and regrettable decision at best.
This last month?
Soy milk. Vanilla soy milk. Purchased two weeks ago. Let's just say, I endured several cup fulls and a bowl of cereal and just poured the rest down the drain this morning. I tried. I hated to throw it away, but I was not drinking another sip. Sigh.
So join the misery and read the rest of Meredith's post and the comments that follow.
You can always feel smug that at least YOU haven't been suckered into buying THAT thing...yet.

HT: Owlhaven, she has more stories too


  1. Anonymous7:05 PM

    you're right.
    your mom

  2. I don't even want to think of all my dumb purchases!. Like my poor insane dog "Scooter",a very cool shirt that I looked like a pregnant teen ager...(I wore it once!),... among many others.


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