Yesterday I spent some time putting board game cards into sleeves. Let me back up a bit. Yesterday I spent some time RE-SLEEVING cards.
Our board games go through normal wear and tear from playing them over time. To help extend the life of the cards, I like to sleeve them, or in scrapbooking terms, put them in their own page protectors.
Here’s where my big mistake came in. I/we went cheap. Not once, but twice.
First we bought penny sleeves. They’re basically the cheapest kind of sleeves you can get. Cards slid out, they tore easily and it was horrible to maneuver or deal.
Then, we spent a little bit more money on basic sleeves. Granted, they were much better than the penny sleeves, but not by much. I thought they were tolerable, but if I’m being honest with myself, it’s because we were comparing them to the penny sleeves and not the super fancy premium sleeves.
Which leads me to yesterday. I ended up placing an order for the premium sleeves.
We knew we wanted durable, well-made sleeves that would protect the cards so that we wouldn’t have to replace the game anytime soon. Instead of just buying what we initially wanted, we ended up with sleeves we were not happy with…twice. And after dragging it out for half a year, we purchase what we should have done in the first place.
I realized I spent more money buying and replacing sleeves than if I had just gone ahead and bought he premium sleeves I wanted to begin with.
Bear with me here, I have a point! 😉
Then I started thinking about times I or someone I know who has done this. Times where I’ve chosen “cheaper” over what I wanted.
- Buying a cheaper iPad with less storage space only to have to constantly deal with running out of storage space.
- Buying a skirt that maybe isn’t the right color but getting it anyway because it’s on sale
- Buying another shirt I didn’t necessarily like/want because it was part of the “buy one, get one” sale.
- Getting the cheaper version of a light up mirror that I wanted only to have the light barely light anything up.
- Buying a less expensive version of a light fixture only to have it arrive and it be so small that it gets delegated to another space (mentioned here).
- Stocking up on a household item because it was on sale/clearance but then not using it at all (ahem, vitamins).
Of course this is not always the case, and in some instances the cheaper version is the better option.
But this was one of those lessons that really made me think about how I spend my money.
- What is the purpose of what I’m buying?
- Will this make my life simpler or complicate things more?
- Do I love it or am I just settling?
- Is this for me or am I trying to impress someone?
Thankfully I haven’t completely flubbed this exercise. Last week I went shopping with my mom and I hoped to find a new purse. I spotted a Kate Spade purse on clearance. I was so excited, I even brought it up to the register to pay for it. And then, at the last moment, I stopped the transaction.
It hit me that I was buying the purse just for the sake of buying a purse. I wasn’t in love with the color of the purse or the way it felt in my hands. I realized I was more excited about the deal than the actual purse itself. I would have ended up unhappy and wanting yet another purse.
I am happier waiting to find the “right one” than giving myself the illusion of saving money.
Have any confessions to share?