My friendship with shopping is fair-weather at best. Sometimes I dig it, but for the most part, my attitude is best described as disinterested. When the going gets tough, I jump ship. End of discussion. I do the majority of my shopping online and, there, as long as I find what I want, it isn't worth the hassle of comparing prices on other sites. Even shipping costs don't deter me provided they are within reason. In store, I want what I want and if what you're selling has it, I'm buying. Again, no comparison shopping. As far as I'm concerned, the less time I have to spend, the more I get my money's worth.
Of course, there are certain things that you just don't buy online. Most of them, I'm not picky about. My toiletries generally come right off the shelf of the local drugstore. For the most part, I don't spend a lot of dough on that kind of thing. The only exception I can think of is moisturizer and, thankfully, I never remember to use it enough to have to face the task of buying more than once or twice a year.
Back in September, I stayed at a friend's place. At some point during the visit, I noticed that she kept one of those big bags of skinny pink razors in her bathroom. You know the kind, totally stripped down with just a single blade, no moisturizing strips or soft grip handles to be found. Up until that point, I'd never questioned my decision to go for the more costly, yet far more aesthetically pleasing options out there on the market, this even after a discussion with another friend about the added expense. I guess I put my observation in the vault because a few weeks ago, when it came time to stock up on hair removal supplies, I thought of my friend who does it old school. As I stood before the mountain of options, I was torn. Ten bucks for a few of what I usually get or five for what about a hundred of what my friend, a woman I love and admire, uses. In a rare flash of fiscal responsibility, I decided that I didn't need pretty, I just needed functional. Sold.
Fast forward. I have now learned that, for me, razors are something that I will spend more on in the future. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be shopping for them again before 2011 rolls around. (And that is not a reference to how often I shave.)
This lesson got me to thinking about the things that I am willing to pay more for. Based on experience, I will not go cheap on:
- laundry & dish soap
- garbage bags
- cotton swabs (Q-Tip is the only way to go)
- toilet paper