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Yesterday, I wrote about my plan to hang out with my sister and spend some money at the mall. The day went as planned and I had a great time hanging out with my sister but the splurge did not go so well. As planned, I withdrew the $200 I budgeted for the trip in cash from the ATM and left my credit cards at home. We went to the mall and had a nice lunch in the food court and stayed at the mall for about an hour and a half. After an hour and a half, we walked out of the mall with.....NOTHING!

This is one of my favorite malls located in a high income area of town and they have the best stores. Whatever you are looking for, you can find at this mall. I even went into the Apple Store and I couldn't part with my money in there either. My sister wanted a new Ipod but since there was absolutely nothing wrong with her old one, it did not make sense to buy a new one. I don't know what got into me but I just couldn't do it. I just could not do it. There were several things that I wanted to buy but there was nothing that I needed to buy. Even though I had the cash in hand to make the purchase, I only spent about $20 for our lunch. On the way home, I went back to the ATM and deposited the remaining $180 back into my account.

Putting the money back into my account made me happier than my failed shopping spree.

11 comments

  1. John // November 9, 2008 at 9:14 AM  

    Happens to me all the time, and I hate when it does. I do know that happy feeling to be depositing that money back in your account though. Almost feels like you're getting paid again, even though the money was just in there.

  2. BakerDancer // November 9, 2008 at 9:19 AM  

    I thought you were going to buy something for your sister!

  3. Tiffanie @ welikemoney.com // November 9, 2008 at 11:47 AM  

    congrats! I wondered how it was going to go for you. i get the same way...where i feel like i need to buy something, but then can't part with my money once i actually go shopping. i never used to have that problem, lol.

  4. Single Ma // November 9, 2008 at 12:15 PM  

    It's the jedi mind trick. I only find things I want to buy when I can't shop.

    But you mean to tell me, even sis didn't see anything she wanted? Or did big brother fail to let her know he was treating? Hmm...for a 15 year old, somehow I think it was the latter. LOL

  5. Daizy // November 9, 2008 at 1:20 PM  

    That's how I felt last time I went shopping. Even stuff that was on clearance. I couldn't convince myself that I NEEDED it. Although I really wanted it, I was happy with myself when I didn't bring any more STUFF home...no matter how inexpensive it was.

  6. Mr. ToughMoneyLove // November 9, 2008 at 2:36 PM  

    The best mall visit of all. As Dave Ramsey says often: How do you spell "paid too much"? MALL

  7. SingleGuyMoney // November 9, 2008 at 4:12 PM  

    UPDATE: I'd forgotten that my sister wanted a new Ipod but there was nothing wrong with her old one so I didn't buy that.

  8. zachyounkin // November 9, 2008 at 7:31 PM  

    Way to go man!

    I've been to the mall a couple times this month, and haven't been really interested in spending any money.

    I'm like you, I don't need anything.

    Wanting something, is a different issue...

  9. TheNightTrader // November 9, 2008 at 10:03 PM  

    Funny how that works after you've weaned yourself off of spending money all the time ;-)! My wife usually helps me spend it though. I stockpile a few months of my personal spending money from our budget not able to spend any of that cash. Then she drags me to the mall and makes me buy some new clothes. LOL! I get some new stuff, and she has fun shopping, so I guess it all works out :-).

  10. Studenomist // November 10, 2008 at 12:44 PM  

    when I was younger I used to blow all my money at the mall. Now my University is attached to a mall pretty much and I have spent maybe $50 the whole semester.

  11. Budgets are Sexy // November 10, 2008 at 5:32 PM  

    haha, that is awesome. i tip my hat to you good sir ;)