My beautiful wife has taken to gardening and has an indoor garden with a grow light that uses little pods and can grow small herbs, maybe tomatoes, and flowers.
So I was a good target, maybe, for this ad ahead of Christmas:
But, wait a minute, mister. Save $200 now? How expensive is this that everyone can save $200 now?
Gott im Himmel! $1000 plus a monthly membership of $30-40.
I see a lot of ads like that. Save $X now, where X is a lot already. Which generally indicates it’s not something for me.
Wait a minute, Brian J.! Don’t you buy $10 CDs by the bucketful? Don’t you like to write checks greater than that amount for organizations you support? Well, you have me there. And if I need a $1000 home repair, I get the $1000 home repair without thinking. Or a thousand bucks of firewood which is just money going up in smoke, ainna?
But something about $200 gifts which might or might not be liked, or $200 things for myself, tend to make me blanch. Blanch, I said–not make me into a Golden Girl.
I’m sure Dave Ramsey would still go all Patton on me for my spending habits, but there you go.