No Shopping Mandate is BACK ON

Damn, you all have some opinions about The Shopping. And here I was, thinking no one even read this damn blog anymore.

After careful thought and consideration, I have gone against the majority vote and decided to return two of the shirts. (No Shopping Mandate is BACK ON, SISSIES! YEAHHHHH.)

I am keeping the gray cardigan, which was the reason I stepped foot into the J. Crew money suckage vortex in the first place. After the return transaction, I will still have $15 on the J. Crew gift card. I’m fairly confident I can purchase one of the sales associates’ socks for 15 bucks. I know! Knock myself out!

In other news, I am making a last-minute trip to Oklahoma with Wito for some much-needed family time tomorrow morning. February was an incredibly hard month for me, and I am taking a little time to regain some focus.

Of course, raiding my father’s candy drawer with fierce intensity is also on my checklist. So there’s that.

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  • slynnro

    March 3, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Mmmmmmm candy drawer.

  • Amy

    March 3, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Even though I voted for the keeping, solely because I am powerless over J.Crew, I’m glad you’re stickin’ to it.

    Enjoy your family time. Sorry to read February was tough; here’s hoping March is a lot better. Take good care.

  • regan

    March 3, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    I voted for you to return the two things. But I didn’t want to leave a comment saying that’s how I voted in case you felt the need to come after all of the meanies that were twisting your arm about returning them. I’m a sissy like that.

    But yay, so proud of you for returning them!

  • Amanda Nicole

    March 3, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I would gladly strike February from the record if I could. It has been a mean, mean month.

    Anyway, have a great trip!

  • One Crazy Chick

    March 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I think the sudden expenditure on a last minute trip concerns me more than two shirts…just sayin’. Maybe I am confused about the actual resolution though, so, you know, ignore me.

  • Miss

    March 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Just recently found your blog and love it – you’re hilarious!

    Although I may determine to return, I have never successfully gotten out of a J.Crew without buying at least something. Good luck to you :)

    Have fun in OK, sounds like a much needed vacay.

  • amy

    March 3, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I have to tell you…I am super impressed. I have that slub cotton tee…and I like it alright but come on….how many times would you wear it?
    This made me really think….how much have i shopped since being unemployed? Not a lot, a little…but still. Someone who has a lot of great writing gigs and who is as much of a shopping whore as me….gave up shopping? You make me feel guilty.
    I must say….I think you are going to be ready for warm weather when you return. But its supposed to rain all weekend here….so good time to go:) yay wito gets to see his cousin and gparents.

  • Jen

    March 3, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Good for you!!! You can do it, you can do it, you can, you can! ; )

  • bethany actually

    March 3, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I thought of you when we were passing through Oklahoma this past weekend, driving Troy’s dad’s Porsche back to California. :-) I am glad you will be getting some much-needed family time. Travel safe!

  • Marin

    March 3, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Yum, candy. I think you’ll feel better when the shirts are returned; I have to admit I voted in that direction, but I hope that you didn’t feel pressured or judged. Hello, you’re an adult. If you decide to buy two shirts, it’s two, not forty.

  • Jora

    March 3, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Good for you. And have a great visit with your familly. :)

  • Angella

    March 3, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    And you said *I* had willpower. You have a will of IRON.

  • sunny

    March 4, 2009 at 5:39 am

    go, have a blast at your folks, and eat plenty of in and out burger to boot! I could never put my bad decisions in a blog like you do (much less with humor and charm). Here’s a big ol BY BYE to February. Everyone gets the blues in Feb!

  • Jessica

    March 4, 2009 at 5:49 am

    Good for you for returning your items. Stay strong!

    Also, totally jealous of your OKC trip. Can you drop by my parents’ place and hug them for me?

  • ashley.star

    March 4, 2009 at 7:32 am


    Sarah! I am so proud of you. :) Seriously. I’m beaming with pride.

    You are a rock star.

  • McCashew

    March 4, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Good for you. I would have probably returned them too, but begrudugingly. I am following along with your mandate and it has really helped me to avoid the stores. If you can go without shopping, so can I!

    Have a great trip – March will be better. It has to be right?

  • FK

    March 4, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Here’s hoping March is better for you! Enjoy your trip (and the cardigan)!

  • Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com

    March 4, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Good for you on the shirt front.

    And enjoy the much-needed family time!!!

  • Amanda

    March 4, 2009 at 11:16 am

    High five on returning the forbidden clothes!! You are inspiring me to new heights of thriftitude.

    I’m sorry to hear February was so shitty to you. I hope spending time with your family makes it better. You and Wito have a safe trip, giving February the finger in the rear view the whole way.

  • Kerri Anne

    March 4, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I’m sorry you had a tough month, babe. Here’s to family getaways, and March kicking February’s ass in awesomeness.

  • andrea from the fishbowl

    March 5, 2009 at 7:08 am

    It’s soooo hard to kick deeply engrained shopping habits. I just finished two months of a personal shopping embargo. I have to stay out of the stores. There’s no other way I can do it.

  • Maggie

    March 5, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Enjoy the CANDY!

  • kate

    March 5, 2009 at 9:24 am

    I’m proud of you. You’ll feel better knowing you stuck to it.

    Hope you have a wonderful, restorative visit with your family.

    I’ll try to find someone to make fun of over at Hair Thursday while you’re gone.



  • joslyn

    March 5, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    good job lady. i am inspired to be a better non-spender because of you!

    have a fun trip.

  • caroline

    March 6, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    You did it! You are mui impressivo.

    Big hugs to the fam & eat mass quantities of Johnnie’s for me!

  • Chandra

    March 7, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I hear ya on the much needed family time. However, with 3 tiny ones it’s much harder to get home these days. I hope your trip served it’s purpose and you are feeling better. Too bad the Starburst were stale :).