Did you see the "30 Rock" episode last week about IKEA tearing couples apart? Well it's true. Me and my wife, forewarned having just watched the show, went shopping this weekend for a new mattress and got in a little fight. Now we didn't go to IKEA, we went to Sears, but otherwise it was pretty much the same thing. Little issues get amplified as you try to make a decision when
confronted with an almost infinite number of options that you will have
to live with for years and spend a significant amount of money on.
a year ago
I'm usually appalled when my mother asks for detailed Christmas lists for each member of our family in October. "Really?!" I want to scream, "I haven't even got the last stitches in the Halloween costumes, and you want Christmas lists?" Instead, I smile and politely oblige, having no other choice if I want to keep peace in the family.
This year, however, after spending several days compiling these lists (after all, I don't want my children getting toys they have no interest in, or worse yet, socks, for Christmas), I had an epiphany: I could get my shopping done in November, save some much cherished cash, and enjoy the entire month of December by baking, playing with my family, and not stressing about shopping!
No, I haven't thanked my dear mother, but I did learn some interesting information about the best things to buy, and not to buy, in November.