Today I had to go to the optician to pick up my new contact lenses for the next six months. I change these contacts every two weeks and every six months I have a new check-up.
While I was there I also took out my pair of sunglasses for them to repair. The thing is these sunglasses broke a couple of weeks ago. By the way, I bought these sunglasses second-hand while in America a couple of years ago. American thrift stores rock! They’re genuine Ralph Lauren and they are extremely comfortable. I paid a fiver for them at Goodwill.
Anyway, the point is that I really was about to buy a new pair. I even tried on some at a couple of stores. Hey, I am human. The ones I would have bought would have cost about 35 euros. Not a huge amount of money, but still would have been a purchase in the senseless spending category. There and then I thought about why I shouldn’t have my old sunglasses repaired. Picking up my contact lenses was the ideal situation. Since I am a customer they repaired the sunglasses for free. It was a matter of putting in a new screw. While she was at it the nice lady decided to replace the one on the other side which wasn’t broken as well. Yay, I got my sunglasses back!
What I really wanted to imply with today’s post is that it’s about your overall attitude towards things. And by that I literally mean things. The fact that I “saved” 35 euros (the only saving here was saving myself from spending that amount of money) and got a free repair isn’t the point here. The point is The Attitude. If you can postpone impulse buying and look for alternatives first, you are on your way to EconoWise-Assness or Bad-Ass Mustachianism.
So next time you or me are about to splurge on an impulse buy, we’ll put the item down, leave the store and think about alternatives. Deal?!